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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Panel Removal

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$5

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Phillips head screwdriver #2 and #3, 10mm socket with ratchet

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R129 (1990-02)

Parts Required:

Door panel

Hot Tip:

Use masking tape to protect painted surfaces on the door, have new clips on hand

Performance Gain:

This job gives you access to speaker replacement and other components in the door

In order to perform service work in your door you are going to need to remove the door panel. This will give you access to the power window motor, window regulator, window glass, speaker housing, door latch and side view mirror electrical connector. In this tech article we will go over all the steps to remove the door panel without damaging it.

ThisPicture illustrates the right side door panel.
Figure 1

ThisPicture illustrates the right side door panel. The procedure to remove the left side door panel is the same.

ThisPicture illustrates the door handle.
Figure 2

ThisPicture illustrates the door handle. Lift the handle and with your fingers lever up on the small trim panel under it and remove it.

Remove the Phillips head fastener under the panel you just removed.
Figure 3

Remove the Phillips head fastener under the panel you just removed. Note that I am holding the door handle out of the way to show the fastener.

Let the front of the bracket drop down and unhook the back of the bracket from around the door handle.
Figure 4

Let the front of the bracket drop down and unhook the back of the bracket from around the door handle.

Pull the power seat switch out and unplug the electrical connector (green arrow) by squeezing the connector and pulling it away from the switch.
Figure 5

Pull the power seat switch out and unplug the electrical connector (green arrow) by squeezing the connector and pulling it away from the switch.

Remove the Phillips head fastener (green arrow) and remove the 10mm fastener (yellow arrow) that holds the door panel onto the door frame.
Figure 6

Remove the Phillips head fastener (green arrow) and remove the 10mm fastener (yellow arrow) that holds the door panel onto the door frame.

ThisPicture illustrates the rear of the door, working at the door latch.
Figure 7

ThisPicture illustrates the rear of the door, working at the door latch. Remove the Phillips head fastener that holds the door latch cover onto the door panel.

ThisPicture illustrates the rear edge of the door, just above the door latch.
Figure 8

ThisPicture illustrates the rear edge of the door, just above the door latch. Remove the three Phillips head fasteners and remove the chrome panel from the back of the door.

Lift the map pocket flap and at the rear of the door remove the #3 Phillips head fastener that mounts the door panel to the door frame.
Figure 9

Lift the map pocket flap and at the rear of the door remove the #3 Phillips head fastener that mounts the door panel to the door frame.

At the front of the map pocket remove the #1 Phillips head fastener and remove the cover it holds on.
Figure 10

At the front of the map pocket remove the #1 Phillips head fastener and remove the cover it holds on.

Remove the #3 Phillips head screw behind the cover that holds the door panel to the door frame.
Figure 11

Remove the #3 Phillips head screw behind the cover that holds the door panel to the door frame.

Remove the door lock tab from the door lock handle.
Figure 12

Remove the door lock tab from the door lock handle. You can use a plastic prying tool to lever it out if your need to.

Use a plastic prying tool to lever off the bottom clips that hold the door panel to the door frame.
Figure 13

Use a plastic prying tool to lever off the bottom clips that hold the door panel to the door frame.

Lift up on the entire door panel to unhook the top of it from the door frame.
Figure 14

Lift up on the entire door panel to unhook the top of it from the door frame.

After pulling away the door panel unplug the electrical connector for the bottom light.
Figure 15

After pulling away the door panel unplug the electrical connector for the bottom light. In our case someone has damaged the connector and spliced in their own wiring. All you have to do on your car is squeeze each side of the connector and pull it apart.

By pulling off the door panel you will have pulled the vacuum line (green arrow) off of the rubber hose that actuates the lock mechanism for the map pocket.
Figure 16

By pulling off the door panel you will have pulled the vacuum line (green arrow) off of the rubber hose that actuates the lock mechanism for the map pocket. Remember to put the vacuum line back in when installing the door panel.

Figure 17

This is the rubber hose on the door panel that the plastic vacuum line fits into when installing the door panel

ThisPicture illustrates the inside view of the door panel.
Figure 18

ThisPicture illustrates the inside view of the door panel. You can use it as a guide to see where you need to lever off the panel in step #13. The clips (green arrow) may break so you should have some replacements on hand. One corner of the panel (yellow arrow) actually broke off of the panel but it can be glued back on. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedures. Hook the top of the door panel on the upper lip of the door. Plug in the bottom light and fit the vacuum line into the rubber hose. Install the two large screws. Align the plastic clips with their holes in the door and snap them in. Install the two fasteners that are in the map pocket and the cover that covers the front screw. Install the chrome plate and its three fasteners and the door latch cover and its fastener. Install the door locking tab in the door handle. Install the two fasteners mounted behind the power seat switch. Plug in and position the power seat switch. Hook the bracket around the door latch and install its mounting fastener. Place the bracket cover over the bracket. Turn the key on and make sure the door lock gets the map door to lock. Also verify the power seats work.

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Comments and Suggestions:
AL Thumbs Comments: This was incredibly helpful....my mechanical skills are limited but I wasn't going to pay the dealer $300 to replace the door strap......got the part for $50 with shipping and an hour later the job is done.Thanks
November 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Egghead Comments: The door panel on the 1996 SL320 is different. Do you have the speakers, drivers dome light cover for this model and any diffrent phots of that models.
June 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, we should.

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
 
Pamela Comments: I am looking for the retainer clips that hold the little white plastic fasteners do y'all sell those? the ones pictured in picture number 13. The actual grey ones that are attached to the panels where the white fasteners clip in to?
October 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We can get them. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
PasigRizal52 Comments: Could you please post the removal of the newer version of the SL door panel because this does not match the door panel on my 1999 SL320. Thank you very much.
October 7, 2014
  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. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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