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Identifying and Removing Your Mercedes Underbody Trays and Jack Points
 
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Identifying and Removing Your Mercedes Underbody Trays and Jack Points

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$

Talent:

*

Tools:

10mm socket

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W203 (2001-07)

Parts Required:

Oil and Filter

Hot Tip:

Give yourself as much room as you can under the car

Performance Gain:

Less aero drag

Complementary Modification:

Replace your exhaust system

Like most modern cars the Mercedes-Benz w203 series has a series of under body trays on the car. These trays are used for a multitude of reasons and it is important that if you remove the tray to perform work that you replace it prior to putting the car back on the road. The tray are used to protect the underbody of the car and the systems attached to it, they also keep the weather and elements out of certain areas while some divert air to assist in cooling certain systems on the car. Another added benefit is that the trays aid the airflow under the car which will increase your mileage.

There are four trays on the bottom of the car: this does not include any wheel well covers. Starting at the front is the engine tray: you will need to remove this tray to perform a multitude of jobs on the car. The engine tray is held in place by six 10mm nylon nuts. The rear two also assist in holding up the transmission tray.

The transmission tray is held in place by four 10mm nylon nuts. The forward two also assist in holding the engine cover.

The left and right side body under trays are held in place by eight 10mm nylon nuts. The front and rear outside nuts also assist in holding the wheel well liners.

There are four jack and support points under the car. Each has a small pad that should be used to support the jack or jack stand.

Engine Tray: The engine tray is held in place by six 10mm nylon nuts (red arrows).
Figure 1

Engine Tray: The engine tray is held in place by six 10mm nylon nuts (red arrows). The rear two also assist in holding up the transmission tray.

Transmission Tray: The transmission tray is held in place by four 10mm nylon nuts (yellow arrows). The forward two also assist in holding the engine cover.
Under side Body Trays: The left and right side body under trays are held in place by eight 10mm nylon nuts (green arrows). The front and rear outside nuts also assist in holding the wheel well liners.

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Comments and Suggestions:
docevolve Comments: Hello everybody, i fell in love with a Mercedes Benz S320 year2000 model but i was advised to drop the idea of buying it as that model is filled with problems.
Please how true is this. This is my first car.

Thanks
October 5, 2015
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