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Pelican Technical Article:

Wheel Well Liner Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$2 to $300

Talent:

*

Tools:

10mm, 8mm socket, trim removal tool, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, lug wrench

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Liners and hardware if needed

Hot Tip:

Clean the wells before removing

Performance Gain:

Access to other components

Complementary Modification:

Replace windshield washer reservoir

Removal of the wheel well liners is essential for several jobs on both the front and rear of the vehicle. This article will show you how to do this step by step. If your car is new to you, you may find that a lot of the original hardware and fasteners are missing so be prepared to use the proper tool for the fasteners on your vehicle.

Begin by safely lifting and supporting the vehicle and remove the wheel from the area you are working in. Please see our article on safely lifting and supporting your Mercedes.

Front- The front wheel well liners are made up of two pieces.
Figure 1

Front- The front wheel well liners are made up of two pieces. The front piece has an 8mm bolt holding it to the lower tray (red arrow). Use a 8mm socket and remove this bolt.

Front- If you only want to remove the front section it is held in place by a series of push/ pull pins (red arrows), 10mm plastic nuts (yellow arrows) and a plastic twist screw (green arrow).
Figure 2

Front- If you only want to remove the front section it is held in place by a series of push/ pull pins (red arrows), 10mm plastic nuts (yellow arrows) and a plastic twist screw (green arrow).

Front- The push/pull pins can get brittle over time.
Figure 3

Front- The push/pull pins can get brittle over time. If you want to reuse yours try using a trim removal tool and gently pry out the pin part (red arrow).

Front- Once you have pried the pin section (yellow arrow) out from the base (red arrow) you can remove the base from the liner.
Figure 4

Front- Once you have pried the pin section (yellow arrow) out from the base (red arrow) you can remove the base from the liner.

Front- Remove the nuts and unscrew the connector.
Figure 5

Front- Remove the nuts and unscrew the connector. You can remove the liner out the front of the well.

Front- The rear section of the front liner is held in place by a series of 10mm plastic nuts (red arrows) along with two push/pull pins (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

Front- The rear section of the front liner is held in place by a series of 10mm plastic nuts (red arrows) along with two push/pull pins (yellow arrow). Remove all of these using the same procedures as the front piece.

Front- There are two 10mm nuts on the lower section of the liner that connect it to the under body trays (red arrows).
Figure 7

Front- There are two 10mm nuts on the lower section of the liner that connect it to the under body trays (red arrows). Remove these and then you can remove the liner from the well.

Front- Once the liner is removed, check the area behind it.
Figure 8

Front- Once the liner is removed, check the area behind it. There is a large cavity behind the rear front liner. Things tend to accumulate and/or live in there.

Rear- The rear liner is a single piece.
Figure 9

Rear- The rear liner is a single piece. It, like the front is held in place by a series of push/pull pins (yellow arrows) and 10mm plastic nuts (red arrows). Remove these using the same procedures as the front liners.

Rear- There is a plastic piece affixed to the top of the rear liner (red arrow); use care removing this so you do not rip or tear it.
Figure 10

Rear- There is a plastic piece affixed to the top of the rear liner (red arrow); use care removing this so you do not rip or tear it. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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