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Pelican Technical Article:

Radio Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Radio removal tool, 13mm wrench

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Check the fuse on the rear of the unit

Performance Gain:

Working radio

Complementary Modification:

Clean air vents

The radio on the Mercedes W124 can be removed in a matter of minutes if you have the proper tool. If you are going to be working on your car over time, a set of radio removal tools is a good investment. Pelican Parts sells several different versions to make the job a breeze.

Begin by disconnecting the ground strap (red arrow) from the battery's negative terminal (yellow arrow) with a 13mm wrench.
Figure 1

Begin by disconnecting the ground strap (red arrow) from the battery's negative terminal (yellow arrow) with a 13mm wrench. Please see our article on battery tending and removal for further assistance.

If you are going to be working on your car over time a set of radio removal tools is a good investment.
Figure 2

If you are going to be working on your car over time a set of radio removal tools is a good investment. Pelican Parts sells several different versions to make the job a breeze. In this set you are going to use the tool indicated by the red arrow.

The W124 radio uses the key with an approximate 30 degree angle cut in it.
Figure 3

The W124 radio uses the key with an approximate 30 degree angle cut in it. The key will be inserted into the slots in the radio with the angled section pointing in toward the radio (red arrow).

There is a slot on each side of the unit to slide the key into (red arrow).
Figure 4

There is a slot on each side of the unit to slide the key into (red arrow). Insert the keys and apply gentle pressure on the key handles toward the outside of the radio.

You can now pull the radio out by the keys (red arrows).
Figure 5

You can now pull the radio out by the keys (red arrows).

With the radio removed you can see how the keys work by grabbing a small clip in the cut out and sliding the keys end towards the center of the radio (red arrow).
Figure 6

With the radio removed you can see how the keys work by grabbing a small clip in the cut out and sliding the keys end towards the center of the radio (red arrow). It releases the locking clip on the side of the unit (yellow arrow).

With the radio pulled forward unplug the antenna connection (red arrow) from the unit (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

With the radio pulled forward unplug the antenna connection (red arrow) from the unit (yellow arrow).

There are three wiring connections on the rear.
Figure 8

There are three wiring connections on the rear. Squeeze in the clips (red arrow) and separate the connections.

If the unit has stopped working you should always check the fuse (red arrow) on the rear of the unit before replacing it.
Figure 9

If the unit has stopped working you should always check the fuse (red arrow) on the rear of the unit before replacing it. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Derek Comments: is this radio removal the same for a Becker unit?Derek
August 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It should be. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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