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Trunk Interior Panel and Trim Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Interior Panel and Trim Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, 10mm wrench, T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz C250 (2012-14)
Mercedes-Benz C300 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz C350 (2008-14)

Hot Tip:

Get some trim removal tools if you don't already have them

Performance Gain:

Access to other components

Complementary Modification:

Check door panel lights and switches

There are many components located behind the panels in the trunk of the W204 that you will need to access to perform certain DIY work. The panels also can get very worn over time, especially if you have children that just throw their sporting equipment in rather than place it (ask me how I know).

If you are needing to remove any of the trunks trim or panels to access other components or just to freshen it up with new panels this article will show you how to remove each one.

Open the trunk and remove the four T20 Torx screws on the trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 1

Open the trunk and remove the four T20 Torx screws on the trim piece (red arrows).

On the back side of the trim piece are three push/pull pins (red arrows) that you will need to remove.
Figure 2

On the back side of the trim piece are three push/pull pins (red arrows) that you will need to remove.

Use a trim removal tool and pull the center part of the clip from the base and then pull the base and center pin section out.
Figure 3

Use a trim removal tool and pull the center part of the clip from the base and then pull the base and center pin section out.

This is what the push/pull pins look like out of the vehicle.
Figure 4

This is what the push/pull pins look like out of the vehicle. When installing push the base in first and then the center pin section to lock it in place.

You can now lower the trim piece and disconnect the trunk light by squeezing in the connection tab and separating them (red arrow).
Figure 5

You can now lower the trim piece and disconnect the trunk light by squeezing in the connection tab and separating them (red arrow).

Use your trim removal tool and remove the push pull pins on each trunk support arm.
Figure 6

Use your trim removal tool and remove the push pull pins on each trunk support arm. Pull the plastic arm cover away from the trunk once the pins are removed.

Next remove the eight push/pull pins from the trunk liner (red arrows).
Figure 7

Next remove the eight push/pull pins from the trunk liner (red arrows).

Lower the liner and disconnect the electrical connection for the inside trunk release (red arrow).
Figure 8

Lower the liner and disconnect the electrical connection for the inside trunk release (red arrow). You can now remove the liner from the trunk lid.

To remove the trunk arm trim pieces squeeze in and release the two tab/straps on each side (red arrow).
Figure 9

To remove the trunk arm trim pieces squeeze in and release the two tab/straps on each side (red arrow).

Pivot the trim piece down and away from the arms.
Figure 10

Pivot the trim piece down and away from the arms. You will need to gently pry off the clip (red arrow) that holds the wiring harness to the trunk from the right arm.

The center carpet piece just unclips from the rear center section and lifts straight up and out.
Figure 11

The center carpet piece just unclips from the rear center section and lifts straight up and out. With it removed you will see a rear center plastic section (red arrow). This section is held in place by two plastic push/pull clips (yellow arrow).

This photo illustrates the clips on the rear center section; even though they look different than the others you still use a trim removal tool and pry up the center section (red arrow) and then pry the whole clip out from the base.
Figure 12

This photo illustrates the clips on the rear center section; even though they look different than the others you still use a trim removal tool and pry up the center section (red arrow) and then pry the whole clip out from the base.

To remove the rear scuff plate or trim piece around the trunk latch remove the two 10mm plastic nuts below the piece (red arrows, not shown).
Figure 13

To remove the rear scuff plate or trim piece around the trunk latch remove the two 10mm plastic nuts below the piece (red arrows, not shown).

The plastic piece around the latch can be simply pulled up and out if you need access to the latch.
Figure 14

The plastic piece around the latch can be simply pulled up and out if you need access to the latch.

Use a trim removal tool and starting at the outside pull and pry the trim piece out from the chassis.
Figure 15

Use a trim removal tool and starting at the outside pull and pry the trim piece out from the chassis. It is held in place by four clips (two on each side) similar to the clips used to keep door panels in place. It is Ok if you break the clips as they are replaceable you just want to do your best not to break the trim piece.

With the trim piece off you can see the clips (red arrows) and where sit in the chassis (yellow arrows) If the trim piece comes off and the clips stay in the chassis just pry them out and reinstall them in the panel.
Figure 16

With the trim piece off you can see the clips (red arrows) and where sit in the chassis (yellow arrows) If the trim piece comes off and the clips stay in the chassis just pry them out and reinstall them in the panel.

The right side panel has an access door (red arrow) to the rear fuse panel that you can open and remove (red arrow) as well as five push/pull clips.
Figure 17

The right side panel has an access door (red arrow) to the rear fuse panel that you can open and remove (red arrow) as well as five push/pull clips.

The upper clip used to hold the cargo net looks a little different but operates the same; simply pull out the center section of the clip (red arrow) and remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 18

The upper clip used to hold the cargo net looks a little different but operates the same; simply pull out the center section of the clip (red arrow) and remove it from the vehicle.

Slide the panel down but before you completely remove it disconnect the wiring to the trunk light above the fuse panel (red arrow).
Figure 19

Slide the panel down but before you completely remove it disconnect the wiring to the trunk light above the fuse panel (red arrow).

To disconnect the wiring connection simply squeeze the tab on the light connection and separate (red arrow).
Figure 20

To disconnect the wiring connection simply squeeze the tab on the light connection and separate (red arrow). You can now remove the panel.

The left panel is removed in the same fashion with the exception that it does not have a light.
Figure 21

The left panel is removed in the same fashion with the exception that it does not have a light. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Gordon Comments: In reference to my question below, I quote the classic words of Roseanne Rosanneadanna: "Never mind!" I used a "crowbar" that came with plastic dashboard removal tool kit. Most of the retainers popped out easily enough, but those that were recessed, particularly the two in the trunk lid arms were challenging. I used a blade of a pen knife to lift the edges of one flap, but had difficulty getting the edge of a second flap up enough to insert the crowbar. Inserting two tools in that small area... I did remove these two fasteners, but even though they were not totally destroyed, they were weakened. I will replace them with the push pin retainers upon reassembly.
April 8, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gordon Comments: My 2014 C250 Sport Sedan does not have the push/pull pin retainers. Instead it has what is pictured, and I have no idea how to remove them. They are flat with three slits, 120° apart.
April 8, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Those can be remove with a trim panel tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jira MBGLK350 Comments: I am looking for a procedure to replace my rear shock on 2010 MB GLK350. There is different paneling in cargo area than shown in C300 article. Do you have any idea? Thank you.
February 7, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I will put in a request for that article to be published. Thank you for the suggestion. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Rehan Comments: Does the same trim removal process and trim removal tool apply when disassembling the carpet trim of a W205 C300 2015 ? I am trying to access the rear taillight lamps so I can replace the entire tail light assembly.
February 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Confused Comments: how do I remove the safety triangle holder fitted to the inside of the boot lid on a 2009 C200 Mercedes Benz Kompressor classic?
The rest of the lining unclips easily, but I cannot see how the holder unclips. Thanks confused
October 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
I don't think the article covers your model. Looking at what info I have, it appears the bracket comes off with the trunk trim, as one piece.


Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz C250 (2012-14)
Mercedes-Benz C300 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz C350 (2008-14) - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
emoneybags Comments: /do you have part # for the connector for the light
March 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.

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
 

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