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Pelican Technical Article:

Center and Side Vents Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

4mm Allen, Philips, flathead screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Use care not to break the plastic or clips

Performance Gain:

Cleaner incoming air

Complementary Modification:

Clean air vents

There are a host of reasons for removing your vents. If you are giving your car a really good cleaning pulling the vents and cleaning them from the rear is the only way to go.

Side Vents: The side vents are held in place by four small clips that need to be pulled and held in the down position while removing the vent (red arrows).
Figure 1

Side Vents: The side vents are held in place by four small clips that need to be pulled and held in the down position while removing the vent (red arrows).

Side Vents: Use really small screwdrivers or cut pieces of thin metal to fit the clips.
Figure 2

Side Vents: Use really small screwdrivers or cut pieces of thin metal to fit the clips. Insert the metal and pull and hold the clips in the up position (red arrow).

Side Vents: With all four clips released you can pull and wiggle the vent from the dash.
Figure 3

Side Vents: With all four clips released you can pull and wiggle the vent from the dash.

Side Vents: This photo illustrates the clips.
Figure 4

Side Vents: This photo illustrates the clips. The clips are fragile where they connect to the vent so use care when working with them (red arrows). Remove the wiring connection for the vent light (yellow arrow, if equipped).

Side Vents: You can now change out the vent bulbs.
Figure 5

Side Vents: You can now change out the vent bulbs.

Center Vents: The center vent is held in place by two clips (red arrows), a 4mm Allen (yellow arrow) and a Philips heads screw (green arrow).
Figure 6

Center Vents: The center vent is held in place by two clips (red arrows), a 4mm Allen (yellow arrow) and a Philips heads screw (green arrow).

Center Vents: To remove the Philips head screw (red arrow) on the right side of the vent you will first need to remove the passenger side airbag.
Figure 7

Center Vents: To remove the Philips head screw (red arrow) on the right side of the vent you will first need to remove the passenger side airbag. Please see our article on passenger side air bag removal for further assistance.

Center Vents: Insert the 4mm Allen through the vents and unscrew the connection between the vent wheel and plastic mount inside the vents (red arrow).
Figure 8

Center Vents: Insert the 4mm Allen through the vents and unscrew the connection between the vent wheel and plastic mount inside the vents (red arrow).

Center Vents: Pull the two clips on the left side of the vent down in the same manner as the side vents (red arrows).
Figure 9

Center Vents: Pull the two clips on the left side of the vent down in the same manner as the side vents (red arrows).

Center Vents: While holding the clips down wiggle and pull the center vent from the dash (red arrow).
Figure 10

Center Vents: While holding the clips down wiggle and pull the center vent from the dash (red arrow).

Center Vents: Turn the vent over and unclip the two small tabs on the vent.
Figure 11

Center Vents: Turn the vent over and unclip the two small tabs on the vent. Open the small flap. This will allow you to disconnect the wiring and change the bulb. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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Comments and Suggestions:
Phil Comments: Nick, The part look-up gives me tools for the job, but not the bulb itself.
December 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Might be a bug. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right bulb. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Phil Comments: It would be nice if you would list the part number of the bulb replacement - since that is the whole purpose of this labor - so that we could order it and be sure we were getting the right part.
December 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The vary depending on vehicle. Use the part look up function on the right side of the article. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
optimusprime Comments: Can i ask how do you fit the plastic air pipe back on to the rearof the vents .
August 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The vent should be stationary and engage the vent when it is pushed into the dashboard. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
oldtrucker Comments: Very good information. I was scratching my head so hard, I almost lost all of my hair, trying to figure out, how to replace the light bulbs. With this information it seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel. It's quite a bit of work just to replace the vent light bulbs, though.
November 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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