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Overhead Console Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Overhead Console Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200 to $250

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Console assembly

Hot Tip:

Use care working around the headliner

Performance Gain:

Functioning console

Complementary Modification:

Change the cabin air filter

The overhead console controls the interior overhead lights along with the sunroof controls and an interior cabin temperature sensor. Unfortunately, if any of these switches stop functioning (with the exception of replacing the bulbs), you must replace the complete control unit. Replacing the unit is not difficult. Just make sure to use care working around the headliner. You do not want to mar or damage it.

The overhead console (red arrow) controls the interior overhead lights along with the sunroof controls and an interior cabin temperature sensor.
Figure 1

The overhead console (red arrow) controls the interior overhead lights along with the sunroof controls and an interior cabin temperature sensor. Unfortunately, if any of these switches stop functioning (with the exception of replacing the bulbs) you must replace the complete control unit. Replacing the unit is not difficult. Just make sure to use care working around the headliner. You do not want to mar or damage it.

Begin by using a trim removal tool and prying off the trim piece around the rain sensor (red arrow).
Figure 2

Begin by using a trim removal tool and prying off the trim piece around the rain sensor (red arrow).

Next, using your trim removal tool, gently pry off the cover at the base of the rear view mirror (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, using your trim removal tool, gently pry off the cover at the base of the rear view mirror (red arrow).

Working at the front of the console, carefully pry down the unit releasing the two tabs that hold it in place (red arrows).
Figure 4

Working at the front of the console, carefully pry down the unit releasing the two tabs that hold it in place (red arrows). Use care working around the headliner especially if you are using a screwdriver to pry the unit out.

Rotate the front of the unit downward.
Figure 5

Rotate the front of the unit downward. It will hold in place on the two plastic hooks at the front of the assembly (red arrows). Remove the electrical connections before removing the unit from the hooks.

On the left side release the small tabs and pull the wiring connections from the unit (red arrow).
Figure 6

On the left side release the small tabs and pull the wiring connections from the unit (red arrow).

On the right side you can release the small tab on the one wiring connection (red arrow) and remove it from the unit.
Figure 7

On the right side you can release the small tab on the one wiring connection (red arrow) and remove it from the unit. There is a single wire going to the circuit board. Do NOT try and remove the board. The connection for the wiring is up near the headliner.

Follow the circuit board wiring up towards the headliner.
Figure 8

Follow the circuit board wiring up towards the headliner. Pull back the protective foam and release the small tab (red arrow) on the connection and separate the wiring connection at this point.

With the connections separated you can lift/pull the unit off the hooks and remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 9

With the connections separated you can lift/pull the unit off the hooks and remove it from the vehicle. Note how the circuit board and wire travels with the unit. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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