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Interior Pillar Panel Replacement
 
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Interior Pillar Panel Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$25 to $150

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Trim panel clip tool, flathead screwdriver, E10 Torx

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W203 (2001-07)

Parts Required:

Pillar panels, trim clips

Hot Tip:

Always lever off gently

Performance Gain:

Freshen up interior appearance

Complementary Modification:

Shampoo the carpet

The interior pillar panels cover the interior body pillars of the vehicle. They provide addition noise and safety protection as well as dress up the interior of the car. The A-pillar refers to the metal body part that runs between the hood up to the roof. It supports the windshield. The B-pillar is located between the driver and passenger door. (Note: not all cars have B pillars). The C-pillar is the metal that runs from the rear of the roof to the trunk area and supports the rear window. These trim pieces are made from plastic and in some cases are covered with cloth. Most are held in place with metal clips. If you take your time there should be no reason you can not remove and replace your trim pieces with out damage or anyone knowing you removed them.

Removing "A" Pillar Trim.

The A pillar is held in place by a metal clip at the top of the piece. It is about 2 1/2 inches down from where it meets the roof. You will need to carefully lever the piece out towards the center of the rear view mirror. With the metal clip loose there are a series of plastic clips that locate and assist in holding the trim piece on. These will pop out with a little pressure. At the base of the piece are four locating plastic pieces that sit in corresponding holes in the dash. Move the piece towards the center of the windshield then lift it up and out.

Removing "B" Pillar Trim

The B pillar trim pieces on the C320 come in two sections. You will need to remove the lower footwell trim pieces before removing the B pillar trim. Remove the weather stripping along both doors. Please see our weather seal and footwell instructions later in this article. The lower section is held on by four metal clips. You use a flat head screwdriver and pry each clip away from the trim piece leaving the metal clip on the B pillar. The upper section of B pillar trim is held on with four clips as well. The lower two clips are the same as the lower section but the upper to metal clips pull out from the body on the B pillar and remain attached to the trim piece.

Removing "C" Pillar Trim

The C pillar trim piece is the only one held on with a bolt. You will need to use your trim removal tool and pop out the SRS Airbag badge on the trim piece. Use an E10 reverse Torx socket and remove the bolt. Next gently pry back the trim piece from the pillar by pulling the piece straight out along the glass towards the middle of the rear window. It is held in place by four plastic clips.

Removing weather stripping and footwell trim

The weather stripping is a friction fit that conforms around the metal in the door frames. Simple pull it straight out and feed it back in when reinstalling. The lower footwell trim pieces are plastic and held in place by metal clips that remain attached to the body of the car. Lift them straight up and out.

Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips.

The A pillar is held in place by a metal clip at the top of the piece.
Figure 1

The A pillar is held in place by a metal clip at the top of the piece. It is about 2 1/2 inches down from where it meets the roof (red arrow). You will need to carefully lever the piece out towards the center of the rear view mirror.

With the metal clip loose there are a series of plastic clips (red arrows) that locate and assist in holding the trim piece on.
Figure 2

With the metal clip loose there are a series of plastic clips (red arrows) that locate and assist in holding the trim piece on. These will pop out with a little pressure.

At the base of the piece are four locating plastic pieces (red arrow) that sit in corresponding holes in the dash.
Figure 3

At the base of the piece are four locating plastic pieces (red arrow) that sit in corresponding holes in the dash. Move the piece towards the center of the windshield then lift it up and out.

The B pillar trim pieces on the C320 come in two sections.
Figure 4

The B pillar trim pieces on the C320 come in two sections. You will need to remove the lower footwell trim pieces before removing the B pillar trim. Remove the weather stripping along both doors. Please see our weather seal and footwell instructions later in this article. The lower section is held on by four metal clips. You use a flat head screw driver and pry each clip away from the trim piece leaving the metal clip on the B pillar (red arrow).

The upper section of B pillar trim is held on with four clips as well.
Figure 5

The upper section of B pillar trim is held on with four clips as well. The lower two clips are the same as the lower section (red arrow) but the upper to metal clips (yellow arrow) pull out from the body on the B pillar and remain attached to the trim piece.

The C pillar trim piece is the only one held on with a bolt.
Figure 6

The C pillar trim piece is the only one held on with a bolt. You will need to use your trim removal tool and pop out the SRS Airbag badge on the trim piece (red arrow). Use an E10 reverse Torx socket and remove the bolt.

Next gently pry back the trim piece from the pillar by pulling the piece straight out along the glass towards the middle of the rear window.
Figure 7

Next gently pry back the trim piece from the pillar by pulling the piece straight out along the glass towards the middle of the rear window. It is held in place by three four clips (red arrows).

The weather stripping is a friction fit that conforms around the metal in the door frames.
Figure 8

The weather stripping is a friction fit that conforms around the metal in the door frames. Simple pull it straight out and feed it back in when reinstalling (red arrow).

The lower footwell trim pieces are plastic and held in place by metal clips that remain attached to the body of the car.
Figure 9

The lower footwell trim pieces are plastic and held in place by metal clips that remain attached to the body of the car. Lift the front trim piece straight up and out.

Lift the rear trim piece straight up and out.
Figure 10

Lift the rear trim piece straight up and out.

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