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Pelican Technical Article:

Window Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$27 to $100

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Use care not to scratch the wood trim

Performance Gain:

Find what you dropped by the shifter

Complementary Modification:

Clean air vents

The window switches are located in the center console, which will need to be removed to replace them. Removing the center console plate is simple and can be performed in well under an hour with a simple Philips head screwdriver.

Begin by placing the transmission safely in the Neutral position by turning the ignition to the on position, placing your foot on the brake and moving the shift know to Neutral (yellow arrow). Make sure you are on level ground and the wheels are safely chocked before putting the car in Neutral. Press the front of the ash tray and open it (red arrow). This will make it easier to get the front of the plate out.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. 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.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Open the storage container between the seats and remove the two Philips head screws at the front (red arrows, screws already removed).
Figure 1

Open the storage container between the seats and remove the two Philips head screws at the front (red arrows, screws already removed).

Lift the storage compartment out and use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw at the rear of the center console.
Figure 2

Lift the storage compartment out and use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw at the rear of the center console.

Lift the plate up and slide it to the rear (red arrow).
Figure 3

Lift the plate up and slide it to the rear (red arrow).

All of the switches are attached to a plate on the bottom of the console trim plate.
Figure 4

All of the switches are attached to a plate on the bottom of the console trim plate. If the clips break on the plate (9red arrow) there is no way to replace the plastic section and you must replace the entire wood piece.

All the plugs simply pull out (red arrow).
Figure 5

All the plugs simply pull out (red arrow). Use care when doing this so you do not break the clips in the plastic plate. Or better yet remove the switch from the plate first and then separate the connections.

This photo illustrates the plastic clips holding the switches in place (red arrows).
Figure 6

This photo illustrates the plastic clips holding the switches in place (red arrows). You can see in the background where someone tried to repair a broken clip with glue (yellow arrow). This generally does not work well. To remove the switches gently pry the clip up and pull the switch out. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Analogalan Comments: I think 94/95 switches are different and attach without the tab
July 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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