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Exterior Door Handle Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Door Handle Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

5mm Allen, car keys, trim removal tool, Phillips-head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W123 (1977-85)

Parts Required:

handle

Hot Tip:

Lubricate lock before reassembly

Performance Gain:

Can't get locked out of your car

Complementary Modification:

Check lock

The door handles on the Mercedes can seem like a bit of a mystery to remove but they are actually very simple once you know the procedures. If you are going to be removing the handles for any reason make sure to order a new gasket. The gasket between the handle and door skin sees a lot of elements and tend to gather dirt and debris between it and the door. Replacing the gasket can go a long way to improving the exterior look of your vehicle.

Mercedes redesigned the locking portion of the handle on the W123's sometime in 1981 and in the earlier cars you can just pull the connecting rod out with the handle but on the newer vehicles you must insert the key and turn it 50 degree clockwise to free up the tab on the end of the connecting rod to remove the handle.

NOTE: SAVE THE GASKET. This part is no longer available from Mercedes and there are no aftermarket ones available either. 

Over the years your car may have been serviced by multiple people including previous owners. This can lead to parts having been replaced with different size fasteners and hardware. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. If something is different on your vehicle please let us know and share your info to help other users. If you have any questions or comments or even a different procedure you would like to share please leave it below and please leave your vehicle information.

If you have a newer W123 you will need the key to remove the handle.
Figure 1

If you have a newer W123 you will need the key to remove the handle. You are going to be sliding the handle forward so make sure to clean the door and handle area before you slide it forward.

There is a small plastic cover on the inside of the door frame level with the handle (red arrow).
Figure 2

There is a small plastic cover on the inside of the door frame level with the handle (red arrow). Use a trim removal tool and remove the cover by prying it off.

There are two mounting screws under the cover that hold the handle to the door (red arrow).
Figure 3

There are two mounting screws under the cover that hold the handle to the door (red arrow). On the earlier cars these were Philips head screws and on the newer ones they are 5mm Allen. Remove these screws.

You are going to need to move the handle forward (red arrow).
Figure 4

You are going to need to move the handle forward (red arrow). On some cars you will be able to just push it with your hands and on others you will need to use a soft plastic mallet or a block of wood between a regular hammer and gently tap the handle forward.

If you have one of the newer vehicles you will need to insert the key and turn it clockwise (red arrow) to remove the connecting rod from the latch.
Figure 5

If you have one of the newer vehicles you will need to insert the key and turn it clockwise (red arrow) to remove the connecting rod from the latch. Once this is done you can remove the handle from the door.

In this photo you can see the security tap on the head of the connecting rod (red arrow) that requires turning the key to facilitate removing it from the latch.
Figure 6

In this photo you can see the security tap on the head of the connecting rod (red arrow) that requires turning the key to facilitate removing it from the latch.

Always clean the area under the gasket on the door (red arrow).
Figure 7

Always clean the area under the gasket on the door (red arrow). Now would be a good time to give it a good coat or two of wax as well. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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