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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Panel Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T30 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Clips if needed

Hot Tip:

Pry as close to the clips as possible

Performance Gain:

Access to other components

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

Over the life of your Mercedes, the front driver's side door will get opened and closed more than the other doors, trunk and hood combined. It can take a tremendous amount of abuse and sooner or later something will fail, and if it is not something on the door panel it will be one of the components behind it. If you need to service your doors' mechanicals or want to freshen up the appearance with new trim you will need to remove the door panel.

This article will show you how to remove your front door panels. It is not a difficult job, but door panels can be very expensive so take your time and double check things. Also, if you are going to be working on your own car, it is a good idea to purchase a set of trim removal tools. They are a set of hard yet flexible plastic tools of different shapes and sizes that are used in removing trim pieces. They work much better than a flathead screwdriver. There is nothing worse than ruining a "do-it-yourself" project by scratching up your car or damaging expensive interior pieces. Pelican sells a full line of these tool sets for under $30.

When removing the door panel begin by placing the window in the lowest position it will go (green arrow).
Figure 1

When removing the door panel begin by placing the window in the lowest position it will go (green arrow). There are two trim pieces you will need to move/remove before removing the panel. One is the window trim piece where it meets the door panel (red arrow), and the other is the triangular speaker cover by the A-pillar (yellow arrow).

There is a fastener under the window trim piece that you will need access to.
Figure 2

There is a fastener under the window trim piece that you will need access to. Use a trim removal tool and separate the trim piece from the weather stripping on the outside of the doorframe (red arrow).

With the trim piece out of the weather strip channel use your trim tool and separate the piece (red arrow) from the doorframe.
Figure 3

With the trim piece out of the weather strip channel use your trim tool and separate the piece (red arrow) from the doorframe. You can now access the fastener (yellow arrow). This fastener has varied over the years from a clip to a T30 Torx screw.

Next, remove the triangular cover by prying it out from the area around the mirror.
Figure 4

Next, remove the triangular cover by prying it out from the area around the mirror. If yours has been removed before you can probably do this with your hands. If not use your trim removal tool (red arrow).

With the section around the mirror loose push the piece forward (red arrow) and out from the door.
Figure 5

With the section around the mirror loose push the piece forward (red arrow) and out from the door. The piece can just hang by the small speaker wire or you can disconnect it.

Use a T30 Torx and remove the three T30 Torx bolts -- one under the trim piece you removed and two below the armrest (red arrows).
Figure 6

Use a T30 Torx and remove the three T30 Torx bolts -- one under the trim piece you removed and two below the armrest (red arrows).

There are nine clips (red arrow) that hold the door panel in place.
Figure 7

There are nine clips (red arrow) that hold the door panel in place. Some of these clips might break or stay in the door when you are removing the panel. You want to use the proper door panel trim removal tool and get as close to the clips as possible. Prying them out will take a surprising amount of force. You want to avoid having the plastic section of the panel that holds the clips break. Also, do not pull on the panel with your hands as you risk bending or damaging the panel itself.

This photo shows the approximate location of the clips and where you want to insert the tool.
Figure 8

This photo shows the approximate location of the clips and where you want to insert the tool. Make sure the tool is seated around the clip before prying on it.

With all the clips free you want to lift the panel up and out from the channel on the top of the door (red arrow).
Figure 9

With all the clips free you want to lift the panel up and out from the channel on the top of the door (red arrow). The door lock pull will stay on the door so you will have to lift the panel over it.

Tilt the panel towards yourself and slide the door pull cable (red arrow) out from the support in the door panel (yellow arrow).
Figure 10

Tilt the panel towards yourself and slide the door pull cable (red arrow) out from the support in the door panel (yellow arrow). Unhook the Bowden cable from the handle (green arrow).

The panel will still be connected to the door by the electrical connections; on our vehicle we unplugged the two connections by pressing in the tabs and separating them (red arrows).
Figure 11

The panel will still be connected to the door by the electrical connections; on our vehicle we unplugged the two connections by pressing in the tabs and separating them (red arrows).

The door panel is now free and can be safely removed.
Figure 12

The door panel is now free and can be safely removed. If you are lying it down to work on it make sure to put something down first to avoid damaging the interior trim. This photo shows the location of the clips (yellow arrows). You can see how two of them (red arrows) stayed in the doorframe when we removed the panel.

If the clips have not broken you can just pry them out of the door and reinsert them into the panel.
Figure 13

If the clips have not broken you can just pry them out of the door and reinsert them into the panel. It is a good idea to order a few spare clips before you begin in case you damage a few. You will not be hung up upon reassembly waiting for clips.

You now have access to the door component carrier.
Figure 14

You now have access to the door component carrier. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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Comments and Suggestions:
wed Comments: Great instructions. Thanks. Interior door handle went dead. Hole where Bowden cable attaches to handle split. Handle not sold separately by MB - door card replacement only!!!
Managed to glue split and reinforce area with wire.
July 13, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
e Comments: Will w204 door for 2010 c300 fit on w204 door for 2012 c200 car?
April 23, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't believe so. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Odin Comments: Any idea were I can get these clips
April 20, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jaap Comments: Same question for me.....

"do i have to remove door panel to replace aluminium door card trims"
April 11, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I believe they are attached at the backside of the panel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
odin Comments: do i have to remove door panel to replace aluminium door card trims?
April 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I believe they are attached at the backside of the panel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nick Comments: Thank you!

Very useful!
March 31, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You're welcome! Glad to be able to help a fellow DIY'er! - Casey at Pelican Parts  
TravelingJ Comments: I followed these instructions to remove the door panel on my 2013 GLK250 X204 and they were spot on.

Justin.
July 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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