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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Door panels are expensive, take your time

Performance Gain:

Doors that work

Complementary Modification:

Replace switches

Over the life of your Mercedes, the front driver's side door will get opened and closed more than the other doors, trunk and hood combined. It can take a tremendous amount of abuse however sooner or later something will fail. If you need to service your W124 locks, door stays, door actuator, door handle, speakers or window regulators then you will need to remove 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 flathead 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.

Before you begin removing the door panel, you should park the car on as level ground as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than working on the door while it is swinging.

Begin by removing the power seat control pieces (red arrow) and the trim cover (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by removing the power seat control pieces (red arrow) and the trim cover (yellow arrow). You do not need to remove the switch from the door as the panel can be removed with it in place.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry off all of the seat control pieces.
Figure 2

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry off all of the seat control pieces.

Insert the trim removal tool and gently pry the cover plate off (red arrow).
Figure 3

Insert the trim removal tool and gently pry the cover plate off (red arrow).

Continue by prying off the cover piece over the handle.
Figure 4

Continue by prying off the cover piece over the handle. Note: the power seat switch has been removed in these photographs but you do not need to remove it to remove the panel. If you would like to remove it please see our article on power seat switch removal.

There are four clips on the trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 5

There are four clips on the trim piece (red arrows). These pieces can get brittle so use care.

Pull back the foam and remove the large screw with a Philips head screwdriver (red arrow).
Figure 6

Pull back the foam and remove the large screw with a Philips head screwdriver (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and pop the light from the lower door panel edge.
Figure 7

Use a trim removal tool and pop the light from the lower door panel edge. Disconnect the wiring (red arrow).

Unscrew and remove the door lock pull.
Figure 8

Unscrew and remove the door lock pull.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw holding the door latch trim piece in place.
Figure 9

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw holding the door latch trim piece in place. Pull the trim piece straight out (red arrow).

There are two small tabs holding the mirror or triangle trim piece in place.
Figure 10

There are two small tabs holding the mirror or triangle trim piece in place. These get very brittle and are easy to break. Make sure to wiggle them out before lifting the piece up and out from the door panel.

Lift the door panel up and out from the retaining clips in the top of the door (red arrows); continue lifting the panel upwards until all nine of the plastic clips that hold the panel to the door are free.
Figure 11

Lift the door panel up and out from the retaining clips in the top of the door (red arrows); continue lifting the panel upwards until all nine of the plastic clips that hold the panel to the door are free.

Here is the interior of the door panel.
Figure 12

Here is the interior of the door panel. You can see the nine hooks that hold it to the door (red arrows).

With the door panel removed, you'll see the moisture barrier on the door.
Figure 13

With the door panel removed, you'll see the moisture barrier on the door. You'll want to carefully peel this off the inside of the door starting at the rear edge of the door. The idea is to peel it off in just a way so that it can be glued back onto the door later. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
pascual Comments: Hi Nick I have a mercedes w 124 280 e and hte driver door lining handle is broken, can I get a replasement or a part number
thanks
September 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
agus kedungmundu semarang indonesia Comments: excellent, salam sarinah..
November 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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