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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Hatch Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W123 (1977-85)

Hot Tip:

Order extra clips before you begin

Performance Gain:

Access to lock and rear wiper

Complementary Modification:

Lubricate the lock system

The rear hatch on the W123 wagons has a three part cover on it that hides the locking system as well as the rear wiper. The panel is also known for getting water damage over the years and it can get quite ratty over time. If you need to access any of the components in the rear hatch or just want to freshen up the rear panel this article will show you how to remove it. You will need to have the hatch open to perform this work.

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.

Starting at the top, unscrew and remove the lock pull (red arrow).
Figure 1

Starting at the top, unscrew and remove the lock pull (red arrow).

Next use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the six screws holding the top plastic piece to the hatch (red arrows).
Figure 2

Next use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the six screws holding the top plastic piece to the hatch (red arrows).

Lift the plastic trim piece up over the wiper assembly and remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 3

Lift the plastic trim piece up over the wiper assembly and remove it from the vehicle.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw holding the plastic trim piece around the inner handle; lift the handle and remove the trim piece.
Figure 4

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw holding the plastic trim piece around the inner handle; lift the handle and remove the trim piece.

Working on the bottom of the hatch you are going to remove the single plastic trim piece; this piece is very thin in the middle where it goes around the latch so make sure to support it while removing.
Figure 5

Working on the bottom of the hatch you are going to remove the single plastic trim piece; this piece is very thin in the middle where it goes around the latch so make sure to support it while removing. Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the lower screws (red arrows).

With both trim pieces removed, use your trim removal tool and gently pry out the panel and clips from the door frame (red arrow).
Figure 6

With both trim pieces removed, use your trim removal tool and gently pry out the panel and clips from the door frame (red arrow). These clips can break over the years so it is a good idea to have a few spares on hand. Make sure you pry close to the clips as they can pull out from the panel if you just pull on them.

With the four clips separated from the door you can remove the panel from the car.
Figure 7

With the four clips separated from the door you can remove the panel from the car. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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