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Exterior Door Handle and Tumbler Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Door Handle and Tumbler Replacement

Steve Vernon

Tools:

3mm Hex key, car keys, trim removal tool, Phillips-head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Parts Required:

Gasket

Hot Tip:

Lubricate lock before reassembly

Performance Gain:

Can't get locked out of your car

Complementary Modification:

Replace gasket

The door handles and lock tumbler on your car can wear out over time, especially if you live in a four season climate where they are exposed to various temperatures. This article will show you how to remove and replace your door handles. Unfortunately the locks and keys are VIN matched and only available from Mercedes-Benz.

Begin by loosening the 3mm Hex screw that holds the locking cylinder in place.
Figure 1

Begin by loosening the 3mm Hex screw that holds the locking cylinder in place. This is a very small socket and there can be a bit of corrosion in this area. Make sure the socket is well seated as you do NOT want to strip this small screw.

Insert the key into the lock and turn it clockwise approximately 60° degrees.
Figure 2

Insert the key into the lock and turn it clockwise approximately 60° degrees. While doing this, slide the tumbler back towards the rear of the door (red arrow).

Remove the tumbler by releasing the key and pulling it out of the door (red arrow).
Figure 3

Remove the tumbler by releasing the key and pulling it out of the door (red arrow).

Slide the handle towards the back of the door and then out.
Figure 4

Slide the handle towards the back of the door and then out. You will notice the plastic grooves the handle sits in inside the door; when reinstalling the handle make sure these are sitting correctly before inserting the tumbler (red arrow).

Next, use your trim tool to remove and replace your gasket (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next, use your trim tool to remove and replace your gasket (red arrow). Never reinstall the handle without a gasket. The two screws (red arrows) hold the bearing bracket to the inside of the door. You do not need to remove these to replace the handle or tumbler.

Here is a picture of the inner latch out of the door.
Figure 6

Here is a picture of the inner latch out of the door. You will have to make sure this latch gets seated behind the door handle when reinstalling.


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Comments and Suggestions:
gavinbr Comments: hello,

what if you cant turn the key clockwise??

January 25, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to drill out the center of the lock cylinder, then turn it using a flathead screwdriver. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Scott Comments: In the Mercedes W124 article entitled "ExteriorDoor Handle and Tumbler Replacement," the author suggests a Complimentary Modification: Replace Gasket. Do you sell this gasket?
May 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if available, Pelican Parts can get it.

I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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