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Pelican Technical Article:

Ash Tray Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1hour

Tab:

$70 to $200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

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

Hot Tip:

use care prying trim pieces off

Performance Gain:

Working lighter

Complementary Modification:

Change cabin air filter

If you are going to remove the ash tray you will need to remove the shift knob and trim surround pieces to get the tray out. The trim pieces are sturdy but you want to pay attention to where you pry and lift them from. If the pieces have never been off the car before they can be quite stiff in places so make sure you are lifting from the right spot to make sure you do not crack or damage the pieces.

If you are going to be working on the interior of your vehicle make sure you own and use a set of trim removal tools. These hard plastic tools are great for working with trim pieces and pay for themselves many times over the first time you scratch a trim piece by trying to remove it with a screwdriver. Pelican sells them. If you are doing this job and don't own them consider ordering them along with the parts for this job.

To remove the ash tray (red arrow) you will first need to remove the shift knob and surround pieces (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

To remove the ash tray (red arrow) you will first need to remove the shift knob and surround pieces (yellow arrow).

Make sure you are using a trim removal tool.
Figure 2

Make sure you are using a trim removal tool. Starting at one corner pry up in the trim piece while working your way around it (red arrows). There are five clips on the piece holding it in place, two on each side and one on the top and bottom. If the piece has never been removed it will be a very snug fit.

With the trim piece free from the console lift it up and press the tabs on the two electrical connections (red arrows), and remove the connections from the piece.
Figure 3

With the trim piece free from the console lift it up and press the tabs on the two electrical connections (red arrows), and remove the connections from the piece.

There is a plastic ring on the base of the shift knob (red arrow).
Figure 4

There is a plastic ring on the base of the shift knob (red arrow). Grasp this with your fingers and turn it counter clockwise. This will release the knob from the shaft.

You can now pull the knob, boot and trim piece straight up and off the shaft (red arrow).
Figure 5

You can now pull the knob, boot and trim piece straight up and off the shaft (red arrow).

Next, remove the surround around the shifter.
Figure 6

Next, remove the surround around the shifter. Start up in the corners (red arrows) and pry up the trim piece. There are two clips on the front of the piece and two hooks on the rear. By prying up the front you can slide the hooks out from the rear by sliding the piece forward.

You can see the clip and how it sits in the plastic mount (red arrow).
Figure 7

You can see the clip and how it sits in the plastic mount (red arrow). While there is a small clip in the center of the trim piece you do not want to pry from the middle or you run the risk of breaking the trim piece.

Next, use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws holding the ash tray housing to the center console (red arrows).
Figure 8

Next, use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws holding the ash tray housing to the center console (red arrows).

Close the ash tray lid (yellow arrow) and put the transmission into gear (red arrow).
Figure 9

Close the ash tray lid (yellow arrow) and put the transmission into gear (red arrow). This will give you enough room to lift the ash tray up and out of the center console.

Turn the ash tray over and disconnect the wiring harness by pressing in the small tab (red arrow) and separate it from the lighter and light connection (yellow arrow).
Figure 10

Turn the ash tray over and disconnect the wiring harness by pressing in the small tab (red arrow) and separate it from the lighter and light connection (yellow arrow). The connecting piece is mounted to the tray housing and can be removed by pressing the tab and sliding it off. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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