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Upper Windshield Panel and A-Pillar Cover Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Upper Windshield Panel and A-Pillar Cover Panel Removal

Tom Morr

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, plastic wedge, glue

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R170 (1998-04)

Hot Tip:

The metal retaining clips might need to be glued

Performance Gain:

Provides access to roof switches, HomeLink module, built-in phone microphone

Complementary Modification:

Clean or replace visors, replace dome light if necessary

The upper windshield panel and A-pillar panel covers are normally removed in order to access parts behind them, such as the roof hooks' switches. However, drop-top exposure to the elements can degrade the upper panel and make the plastic pillar covers brittle. Even if they don't need to be replaced, these parts are easier to clean thoroughly when removed from the car.

The procedure is straightforward. As a preliminary step, the dome light housing is removed. Please see the dedicated article on this for details.

Installation reverses disassembly. A plastic wedge or putty knife is helpful for lifting the windshield's weatherstripping so the upper panel can be slid underneath it.

First, the dome light assembly is removed from the panel (hole indicated by yellow arrow; please refer to the dedicated article).
Figure 1

First, the dome light assembly is removed from the panel (hole indicated by yellow arrow; please refer to the dedicated article). The driver and passenger sun visors are each held on by two Phillips screws (red arrows).

Visors get filthy.
Figure 2

Visors get filthy. They're easier to clean when removed from the car.

Opening the top improves access.
Figure 3

Opening the top improves access. The panel comes out by gently pulling the windshield side down, then sliding the panel toward the car's rear, out from under the weatherstripping.

The HomeLink module needs to be unplugged (yellow arrow), as does the built-in cell microphone if equipped (red arrow).
Figure 4

The HomeLink module needs to be unplugged (yellow arrow), as does the built-in cell microphone if equipped (red arrow). The yellow plug (blue arrow) goes to the dome light.

Four metal clips (arrows) hold the windshield panel in place.
Figure 5

Four metal clips (arrows) hold the windshield panel in place. One or more can come unglued during removal.

While the panel is out, it can be cleaned, reupholstered or replaced if damaged beyond repair (part number 170-690-07-25-MBZ).
Figure 6

While the panel is out, it can be cleaned, reupholstered or replaced if damaged beyond repair (part number 170-690-07-25-MBZ).

The A-pillar trim covers are held on by the windshield panel, door weatherstripping and two molded-in hooks: no screws or bolts.
Figure 7

The A-pillar trim covers are held on by the windshield panel, door weatherstripping and two molded-in hooks: no screws or bolts.

Sliding the covers up the A-pillars frees them from the slots in the windshield frame (arrows).
Figure 8

Sliding the covers up the A-pillars frees them from the slots in the windshield frame (arrows).

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