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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $300

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W123 (1977-85)

Parts Required:

Clips if needed

Hot Tip:

Pry as close to the clips as possible

Performance Gain:

Access to other components

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

Over the life of your Mercedes, the front doors door will get opened and closed; they can take a tremendous amount of abuse and sooner or later something will fail, and if it is not something on the door panel it will be one of the components behind it. If you need to service your doors mechanicals or want to freshen up the appearance with new trim or panels you will need to remove first the door panel.

This article will show you how to remove your front door panels. It is not a difficult job, but door panels can be very expensive so take your time and double check things. Also, if you are going to be working on your own car, it is a good idea to purchase a set of trim removal tools. They are a set of hard yet flexible plastic tools of different shapes and sizes that are used in removing trim pieces. They work a lot better than a flat head screwdriver and there is nothing worse than ruining a "do-it-yourself" project by scratching up your car or damaging expensive interior pieces. Pelican sells a full line of these tool sets for under $20.

The door design and options changed over the years but the basic procedures for removing and installing them are the same. Over the years your car may have been serviced by multiple people including previous owners and this can lead to parts 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.

Begin by parking the vehicle on a flat and level surface; there is nothing worse than trying to work on your doors while they continue swing open or closed.
Figure 1

Begin by parking the vehicle on a flat and level surface; there is nothing worse than trying to work on your doors while they continue swing open or closed.

Unscrew and remove the lock pull.
Figure 2

Unscrew and remove the lock pull.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two Philips head screws and the latch surround from the panel (red arrows).
Figure 3

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two Philips head screws and the latch surround from the panel (red arrows).

Next, remove the two large Philips head screws from the door arm rest (red arrows).
Figure 4

Next, remove the two large Philips head screws from the door arm rest (red arrows). If your arm rest is attached at the inner door handle you have a few more steps before you can remove it, if not you can now remove it from the door panel.

Open the inner door handle and gently pry the plastic shield out from behind the handle (red arrow).
Figure 5

Open the inner door handle and gently pry the plastic shield out from behind the handle (red arrow).

Remove the Philips head screw from behind the handle.
Figure 6

Remove the Philips head screw from behind the handle.

Slide the trim piece down the arm and remove the large Philips head screw holding the top of the arm to the door and remove the arm rest.
Figure 7

Slide the trim piece down the arm and remove the large Philips head screw holding the top of the arm to the door and remove the arm rest.

There are a series of plastic clips holding the panel to the outside of the door.
Figure 8

There are a series of plastic clips holding the panel to the outside of the door. Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the clips and panel from the door. It is a good idea to order extra clips in advance as these tend to break easily.

With the panel free lift it up and off the door clearing the door lock pull on top.
Figure 9

With the panel free lift it up and off the door clearing the door lock pull on top.

With the panel off you can see the series of clips on the back of the panel.
Figure 10

With the panel off you can see the series of clips on the back of the panel. Replace any clips that break in removal. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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