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Removing Your Radiator Grille and Badge
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Radiator Grille and Badge

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $175

Talent:

*

Tools:

8mm socket, pliers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz 260E (1987-89)
Mercedes-Benz 300CE (1988-93)
Mercedes-Benz 300E (1986-93)
Mercedes-Benz 300TE (1988-92)
Mercedes-Benz E320 (1994-95)

Parts Required:

New grille or star

Hot Tip:

Be careful with the grille clips

Performance Gain:

Better looking car

Complementary Modification:

Clean around grille and star
The front grille and badge are an area of your Mercedes that sees a lot of weather. Whether people want to upgrade with an after market grille or just spruce up their W124's look as their grille and star gets worn or damaged, removing and or replacing the grille and Star is not a big job. Remember to use care when removing the star as it can roll down the hood and damage the window if you do not have a hand on it.

Please note: Removal of the MBZ star is for cars post 1993 where the star is on the hood (as in Picture 1 shown below), not on the grille as in early models.

The grille (red arrow) and star (yellow arrow) on your W124 are easy replacements or if you just want to remove them to give the vehicle a really good detail.
Figure 1

The grille (red arrow) and star (yellow arrow) on your W124 are easy replacements or if you just want to remove them to give the vehicle a really good detail.

The grille is held in place by eight 8mm screws that attach to clips on the grille.
Figure 2

The grille is held in place by eight 8mm screws that attach to clips on the grille. (red arrows).

Use an 8mm socket and remove the screws (red arrow).
Figure 3

Use an 8mm socket and remove the screws (red arrow). Watch that the clips do not turn and damage the grille or paint.

With the screws removed you can remove the grille from the hood (red arrow).
Figure 4

With the screws removed you can remove the grille from the hood (red arrow). There are small pieces of rubber between the grille and hood to isolate vibration and noise. If you are just removing the grille to detail the car now is a good time to check the condition of the rubber mounts as well and give the hood area a good cleaning and coat of wax (yellow arrow).

Check the back of the grille where the clips attach for cracks or damage (red arrow).
Figure 5

Check the back of the grille where the clips attach for cracks or damage (red arrow).

You will need to have the hood open while removing the star.
Figure 6

You will need to have the hood open while removing the star. Make sure to place your hand on the star while removing it as it has been known to release out from the mount and roll down the hood and crack your windshield (red arrow).

There is an opening by the latch that contains the star spring and lock.
Figure 7

There is an opening by the latch that contains the star spring and lock. Use your pliers and grasp the lock ring (red arrow) and turn it 90 degrees to the left (counterclockwise). This will unlock the star. If your star is stuck you may need to use a little spray lubricant to get it free.

Make sure to clean the area of the hood the star sits in.
Figure 8

Make sure to clean the area of the hood the star sits in. The red arrow shows the locking ring on the Star. Installation is the reverse of removal.



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Comments and Suggestions:
Gary Comments: Removal of the Star in this article is for cars post 1993 where the Star is on the hood, not on the grill as in early models and as per the first photo in the article. Could you include the procedure for the early models and also how to remove the plastic insert from the chrome grill surround.
August 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799.

i will have the vehicle application data updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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