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Exterior Rearview Mirror Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Rearview Mirror Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$125 to $600

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T25 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Mirror housing

Hot Tip:

Support the mirror while removing the last Torx screw

Performance Gain:

Working mirror

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

Over the life of ownership there is a good chance that you will need to replace a door rearview mirror, especially if you live in a large city or park on the street. While the rearview mirror housing and parts are not cheap they are relatively easy to replace. If you are going to be working with interior trim pieces you should get yourself a set of proper trim removal tools and not be using screwdrivers. The trim removal tools will pay for themselves many times over if you end up having to replace a trim panel because you scratched it with a screwdriver.

There are three areas you are going to be working on when removing the mirror -- the mirror itself (red arrow), the upper speaker panel (yellow arrow) and the access panel in the door (green arrow).
Figure 1

There are three areas you are going to be working on when removing the mirror -- the mirror itself (red arrow), the upper speaker panel (yellow arrow) and the access panel in the door (green arrow).

The best way to start is by removing the triangular speaker panel by the A pillar.
Figure 2

The best way to start is by removing the triangular speaker panel by the A pillar. Use your trim removal tool and separate the triangular cover from the area by the window by gently prying it inward (red arrow).

Next, slide it forward and out from the door (red arrow).
Figure 3

Next, slide it forward and out from the door (red arrow). You can just let it hang by the speaker wire once it is loose.

Remove the foam insulation between the speaker and the frame; it just pulls out.
Figure 4

Remove the foam insulation between the speaker and the frame; it just pulls out.

Use your trim removal tool and open the access panel in the door by gently prying it towards the dash.
Figure 5

Use your trim removal tool and open the access panel in the door by gently prying it towards the dash.

With the panel open disconnect the two wiring connections for the mirror (red arrows).
Figure 6

With the panel open disconnect the two wiring connections for the mirror (red arrows).

Remove the tab that holds the speaker wire and mirror wires to the door.
Figure 7

Remove the tab that holds the speaker wire and mirror wires to the door.

Use a T25 Torx and remove the three screws holding the mirror to the door (red arrows).
Figure 8

Use a T25 Torx and remove the three screws holding the mirror to the door (red arrows). While the mirror is held in place by a channel on the outside you should support it while removing the final screw to prevent damage.

You can now wiggle the mirror out from the bottom and remove it from the groove that sits within the upper doorframe (red arrows).
Figure 9

You can now wiggle the mirror out from the bottom and remove it from the groove that sits within the upper doorframe (red arrows). Pass the wiring up and through the foam barrier as you remove the mirror. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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