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Pelican Technical Article:

Trim Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$70 to $400

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Trim pieces

Hot Tip:

Use care prying trim pieces off

Performance Gain:

Better looking interior

Complementary Modification:

Change cabin air filter

Replacing or upgrading the trim pieces on Mercedes is one of the most popular ways people personalize their cars. It is also a great way to get started on DIY-ing and an even better way to save some money. There are a wide range of aftermarket trim pieces available that will enable you to completely change the look of your interior in around an hour.

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.

There are three trim pieces in the center console and dash of the C350.
Figure 1

There are three trim pieces in the center console and dash of the C350. While you can change out the trim piece on the ashtray without removing it, I recommend taking the few extra minutes and doing the job right. The trim piece around the climate control unit can be a little difficult to get off if it has never been removed. Even if you are replacing it there is no reason to damage it when removing it in case you want to use it later.

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 on 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.

With the clips free from the front slide the piece forward and up from the rear hooks.
Figure 8

With the clips free from the front slide the piece forward and up from the rear hooks. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Next, use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws holding the ashtray housing to the center console (red arrows).
Figure 9

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

Close the ashtray lid (yellow arrow) and put the transmission into gear (red arrow).
Figure 10

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

Turn the ashtray over and disconnect the wiring harness by pressing in the small tab (red arrow).
Figure 11

Turn the ashtray over and disconnect the wiring harness by pressing in the small tab (red arrow). 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.

The trim piece on the ashtray is held in place by four clips.
Figure 12

The trim piece on the ashtray is held in place by four clips. Press down on the trim piece and slide it forward (red arrow).

With the piece removed you can see the four nubs on the underside of the trim (red arrows) and where it sits in the plastic housing on the ashtray (yellow arrows).
Figure 13

With the piece removed you can see the four nubs on the underside of the trim (red arrows) and where it sits in the plastic housing on the ashtray (yellow arrows). Installation is the reverse of removal.

With the ashtray off you can reach under with your fingers and start to pull the bottom of the trim piece away without worrying about damaging it.
Figure 14

With the ashtray off you can reach under with your fingers and start to pull the bottom of the trim piece away without worrying about damaging it. On the top section you want to pry it out as close to the clips as possible.

This photo illustrates the four clips that hold the trim piece in place.
Figure 15

This photo illustrates the four clips that hold the trim piece in place. When prying out the upper clips get the tool as close to the mounting points as possible (red arrows). Installation is the reverse of removal.


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