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Grille Removal and Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Grille Removal and Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0 to $100

Talent:

*

Tools:

Hands

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz C250 (2012-14)
Mercedes-Benz C280 (2007)
Mercedes-Benz C300 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz C350 (2007-14)
Mercedes-Benz CLK350 (2006-09)
Mercedes-Benz E350 (2006-14)
Mercedes-Benz GLK350 (2010-12)
Mercedes-Benz ML350 (2006-14)
Mercedes-Benz R350 (2006-12)
Mercedes-Benz S350 (2006, 2012-13)
Mercedes-Benz SLK350 (2005-14)

Hot Tip:

You do not need to use a lot of force

Performance Gain:

Freshen up the exterior

Complementary Modification:

Change cabin air filter

There are several jobs that you need to remove the front grille on your Mercedes to perform, examples include: replacing your radiator, front bumper or headlight assembly. The front grille also sees a lot of wear and tear over the years and can get pretty run down. While older grilles were made from metal the new grilles are made from plastic and do not age that well and are much more susceptible to cracks and damage.

Removal and replacement of the grille is simple and quick. I am going to show you a short cut but if you are doing it for the first time you may want to remove the extra panel just to see how everything works.

The iconic Mercedes star is part of a single piece front grille and can be replaced simply and easily.
Figure 1

The iconic Mercedes star is part of a single piece front grille and can be replaced simply and easily.

The top of the grille is held in place by two plastic spuds that sit in the grille.
Figure 2

The top of the grille is held in place by two plastic spuds that sit in the grille. They are hidden below the trim or cover piece (red arrows). If this is the first time you are removing the grille you may want to remove the trim piece. If you have done this before you can disconnect the piece with the cover still in place.

To remove the cover turn the plastic lock (yellow arrow) 90 degrees to un-clock it.
Figure 3

To remove the cover turn the plastic lock (yellow arrow) 90 degrees to un-clock it. Remove the overflow and cable release from the cover (red arrow). Then pull forward on the cover on each side (green arrows) and lift the rear of the cover up and remove it.

The grille is held in place by a series of plastic clips along the bottom (red arrows) and an end piece that sits in a channel on each side (yellow arrows).
Figure 4

The grille is held in place by a series of plastic clips along the bottom (red arrows) and an end piece that sits in a channel on each side (yellow arrows).

Use light hand pressure and push the bottom of the grille back in towards the radiator.
Figure 5

Use light hand pressure and push the bottom of the grille back in towards the radiator.

The grille will pivot in on the bottom and give you access to the mounting piece on the top.
Figure 6

The grille will pivot in on the bottom and give you access to the mounting piece on the top. This photo shows how the cross member piece sits inside the top of the grille (red arrows).

With the cover piece you can easily reach in with a flathead screwdriver and gently pry the grille connection apart (red arrow).
Figure 7

With the cover piece you can easily reach in with a flathead screwdriver and gently pry the grille connection apart (red arrow).

If you have done it before and know what you are looking for you can disconnect the top of the grille without removing the cover.
Figure 8

If you have done it before and know what you are looking for you can disconnect the top of the grille without removing the cover.

With the bottom and top free lift the sides of the grille up and out from the channel it sits in (red arrow).
Figure 9

With the bottom and top free lift the sides of the grille up and out from the channel it sits in (red arrow).

With the grille removed you can see the clips along the bottom.
Figure 10

With the grille removed you can see the clips along the bottom. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use care. Line all the clips up with the openings in the grille and gently pull the bottom of the grille forward until it clicks in place.

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