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Rear Door Panel Light and Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Door Panel Light and Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$2 to $40

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T30, T10 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Switch or lights as 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 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 to access the switches and lights. 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 door panel.
Figure 3

Some of these clips might break or stay in the door when you are removing the door 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, and 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).

Take the panel and lie it face down on something soft to protect the trim.
Figure 7

Take the panel and lie it face down on something soft to protect the trim. Depending on how your vehicle is optioned will depend on the accessories you are servicing. On our project vehicle we had a lower door light (red arrow) and the rear window switch (yellow arrow).

To replace the bulb or housing you can disconnect the wiring by pressing in on the small tab (red arrow) and pulling the connection out from the housing.
Figure 8

To replace the bulb or housing you can disconnect the wiring by pressing in on the small tab (red arrow) and pulling the connection out from the housing.

To replace the bulb turn the bulb housing counter-clockwise and pull it from the lens housing.
Figure 9

To replace the bulb turn the bulb housing counter-clockwise and pull it from the lens housing. The bulb just pulls straight back and out form the housing. When replacing the bulb do not touch it with your bare hands as oils from your skin can cause a hot spot on the bulb and diminish its life expectancy.

You should be able to replace the bulb housing by pressing in on the two tabs on the side and removing it out from the front of the panel (red arrows).
Figure 10

You should be able to replace the bulb housing by pressing in on the two tabs on the side and removing it out from the front of the panel (red arrows). On our project car the housing was glued and/or melted to the panel.

To replace the window switch use a T10 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow).
Figure 11

To replace the window switch use a T10 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow). Then press the small tab (yellow arrow) towards the screw. This will release the switch.

The window switch will come out from the front of the panel.
Figure 12

The window switch will come out from the front of the panel.

Check the panel before reinstalling it to make sure all the clips are in the panel and not the door.
Figure 13

Check the panel before reinstalling it to make sure all the clips are in the panel and not the door. This photo shows the location of the clips.

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 14

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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