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Rear Console Vent and Ashtray Removal and Repair
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Console Vent and Ashtray Removal and Repair

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $70

Talent:

***

Tools:

Trim removal tool, small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New vents

Hot Tip:

Have patience

Performance Gain:

Better looking interior

Complementary Modification:

Replace cabin filter

If you are removing the rear center console vents or ashtray to clean, repair or get them out of the way for other work this article will show you how. The rear vents have a habit of the air diverts getting displaced while removing the vents. If this happens this article will show you how to fix them. Be forewarned that you will need patience.

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 ashtray, partially open it and slip a trim removal tool between the plastic surround and the rear of the ashtray.
Figure 1

To remove the ashtray, partially open it and slip a trim removal tool between the plastic surround and the rear of the ashtray. There are two hooks on each side of the ashtray (red arrows). Gently pry out one side and then the other.

Lift the ashtray out and separate the wiring connection (red arrow) from the lighter (yellow arrow) by pulling it up.
Figure 2

Lift the ashtray out and separate the wiring connection (red arrow) from the lighter (yellow arrow) by pulling it up.

The rear vents come out as a single piece and are in there really tight.
Figure 3

The rear vents come out as a single piece and are in there really tight. The tray sits in two prongs on the bottom and needs to be pulled straight up and back (red arrow). Be prepared; if it has never been removed before it will take a bit of force.

With the tray out flip it over and disconnect the wiring connection (red arrow) for the light by squeezing in the tab and separating it.
Figure 4

With the tray out flip it over and disconnect the wiring connection (red arrow) for the light by squeezing in the tab and separating it.

If your air diverters need to be put back into place you can separate the vent area from the cover piece by using a small flathead screwdriver and separating the series of clips that hold it in place (red arrows).
Figure 5

If your air diverters need to be put back into place you can separate the vent area from the cover piece by using a small flathead screwdriver and separating the series of clips that hold it in place (red arrows).

The vent, vertical diverters and control piece will all come out as one piece.
Figure 6

The vent, vertical diverters and control piece will all come out as one piece.

The horizontal diverters have a habit of slipping out from their grooves and the small retaining band that keeps them together.
Figure 7

The horizontal diverters have a habit of slipping out from their grooves and the small retaining band that keeps them together.

If you are going to be putting this back together you are going to need patience.
Figure 8

If you are going to be putting this back together you are going to need patience. Place the diverter vanes back into their slots making sure the nubs on the ends face opposite directions (red arrows). Place the piece in a large vice or find a way to gently squeeze it together to keep the vanes from falling out. Next reinstall the band and reinstall the vent. Installation of the piece once it is all back together is the reverse of removal.


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