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Pelican Technical Article:

Left Side Lower Panel Removal

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20, T25 Torx bit drivers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz E320 (2003-09)
Mercedes-Benz E500 (2003-06)
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-06)

Parts Required:

Left side lower panel

Hot Tip:

Move the left side seat all the way back to give you more room to work

Performance Gain:

Gain access to interior light, Gateway module, hood release handle

Complementary Modification:

Replace blown courtesy lamp if blown

Whether you need access to your Gateway module, interior light or brake switch you will need to remove the left side lower panel to get access to these components. There are many components mounted under the driver side of the dashboard that may fail and need service. If you are servicing your brake master cylinder you will need to remove the power assist with it and that will require you take out the left side lower panel under the dashboard.

In this tech article we will go over the steps to remove the left side lower panel.

ThisPicture illustrates looking up at the lower panel mounted underneath the dashboard.
Figure 1

This picture illustrates looking up at the lower panel mounted underneath the dashboard. Remove the three T25 Torx fasteners and pull out the plastic retainer (yellow arrow) by hand.

Pull the lower panel down.
Figure 2

Pull the lower panel down. Then you will have to remove the interior light from the panel. Push down on the front of the interior light to pop it out of the lower cover.

Twist the light and pass it through its opening.
Figure 3

Twist the light and pass it through its opening.

If you want to unplug the light altogether squeeze the locking tab my thumb is on and pull of the light assembly.
Figure 4

If you want to unplug the light altogether squeeze the locking tab my thumb is on and pull of the light assembly.

Next you have to detach the gateway module from the panel.
Figure 5

Next you have to detach the gateway module from the panel. You can use your finger to move over the locking tab that the Gateway module snaps into. Pull locking tab away from the module to unlock it, then lift up the gateway module to remove it from the lower panel.

Next you have to remove the OBDII plug from the panel.
Figure 6

Next you have to remove the OBDII plug from the panel. On the back of the OBD II connector pull the slide lock toward the rear of the car.

You can now lift the OBD II connector out of its holder in the lower panel.
Figure 7

You can now lift the OBD II connector out of its holder in the lower panel.

ThisPicture illustrates looking up at the hood release handle from the floor.
Figure 8

This picture illustrates looking up at the hood release handle from the floor. Remove the Phillips head fastener for the hood release handle.

Twist the hood release handle until it fits through the opening in the left side lower panel.
Figure 9

Twist the hood release handle until it fits through the opening in the left side lower panel.

You can now remove the lower panel from underneath the dashboard.
Figure 10

You can now remove the lower panel from underneath the dashboard. To install the panel, reverse the removal steps. Be sure the wiring harnesses and attached components are routed and installed as they were before.

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