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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear 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

While the rear doors typically do not see as much use as the fronts there are still mechanicals in the door that can fail as well as switches and lights that will need service. 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 rear 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, and 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 $20.

Begin by using a T30 Torx and removing the two T30 Torx bolts under the armrest (red arrows).
Figure 1

Begin by using a T30 Torx and removing the two T30 Torx bolts under the armrest (red arrows).

There are eight clips (red arrow) that hold the door panel in place.
Figure 2

There are eight 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.
Figure 3

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.

Lift the door panel up and out of the window channel starting at the rear and working your way forward.
Figure 4

Lift the door panel up and out of the window channel starting at the rear and working your way forward. With the panel off reach in and squeeze the two clips on the Bowden cable together and release the cable from the mount and slide it out of the opening in the panel (yellow arrow).

Remove the door pull cable from the panel by pulling it back and slipping it out from the cable mount (red arrow) and then lifting it up out of the handle (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

Remove the door pull cable from the panel by pulling it back and slipping it out from the cable mount (red arrow) and then lifting it up out of the handle (yellow arrow).

Unplug the electrical connections from the control unit (red arrow).
Figure 6

Unplug the electrical connections from the control unit (red arrow).

This photo shows the approximate location of the clips and where you want to insert the tool.
Figure 7

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.

If a clip remains in the door simply remove it and reinstall it along with the rubber isolator (red arrow) back into the mount in the panel (yellow arrow).
Figure 8

If a clip remains in the door simply remove it and reinstall it along with the rubber isolator (red arrow) back into the mount in the panel (yellow arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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