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Exterior Door Handle Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Exterior Door Handle Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$70

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20 Torx, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Door handles

Hot Tip:

Get new gaskets

Performance Gain:

Doors that work

Complementary Modification:

Replace switches

This article will walk you through the steps of replacing your door handles. Depending on how your car was optioned will determine the lock component but they all are removed the same way. If you do not have a set of trim removal tools you should get one. They will pay for themselves many times over the first time you scratch your paint or damage a trim piece using a screwdriver.

If you must use a screwdriver make sure to wrap the end of the screwdriver with tape so you do not damage you paint.

If you are removing the door handles you will need to work in two areas -- the handles themselves (red arrow) and the inside rear of the door (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

If you are removing the door handles you will need to work in two areas -- the handles themselves (red arrow) and the inside rear of the door (yellow arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and remove the rubber plug on the inside of the door that is level with the handle (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use a trim removal tool and remove the rubber plug on the inside of the door that is level with the handle (red arrow).

Insert a long T20 Torx into the opening and unscrew the single Torx screw (red arrow).
Figure 3

Insert a long T20 Torx into the opening and unscrew the single Torx screw (red arrow). You do not need to completely remove the screw; just loosen it until the tumbler is free.

With the screw loose pull the door handle out and then the tumbler (red arrow).
Figure 4

With the screw loose pull the door handle out and then the tumbler (red arrow). If the tumbler has never been removed you may need to use a trim removal tool between it and the door to get it started moving.

Depending on how your car is optioned will determine what you find when you remove the tumbler.
Figure 5

Depending on how your car is optioned will determine what you find when you remove the tumbler. Unclip the wiring from below (red arrow) and separate it from the assembly.

With the tumbler assembly out pull the handle outward and slide it back towards the end of the door (red arrow).
Figure 6

With the tumbler assembly out pull the handle outward and slide it back towards the end of the door (red arrow). This will allow you to remove the handle from the door.

Before reinstalling this is a really good time to change out the two gaskets around the handle (red arrows).
Figure 7

Before reinstalling this is a really good time to change out the two gaskets around the handle (red arrows). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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