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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Door Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, door panel clip tool, T25 and T27 Torx drivers

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Door panel, vapor barrier, vapor barrier seal, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Access to items behind door panel

Complementary Modification:

Replace vapor barrier

The interior door panel has to be removed to access components behind it, such as the door speaker, door module, window regulator, door latch and door handle bracket. Once the door panel is removed, you can replace many components on it such as the arm rest and wood trim. You can also replace the power window switches and power set and mirror switches with the panel removed.

In this tech article, I will go over the steps involved in removing the front door panel on your W211. I suggest having extra door panel clips on hand before removing the panels, as the clips can often break when removing. If you have to remove the vapor barrier, have vapor barrier sealant on hand. Be very careful when removing the vapor barrier. It tears easily and if it is reinstalled with a tear, an interior water leak can develop. There are a few differences in removing the front and rear door panels. This tech article covers the front. See our tech article on rear door panel removing, should you need access to what is behind your rear door panels.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The options switches, such as power window (red arrow) and power seats/mirrors (blue arrow) can be replaced once the door panel is removed.
Figure 1

The options switches, such as power window (red arrow) and power seats/mirrors (blue arrow) can be replaced once the door panel is removed. This will be highlighted at the end of the article.

Working at the door latch, remove the T20 Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 2

Working at the door latch, remove the T20 Torx fastener (red arrow). Then remove the plastic latch trim (blue arrow).

Working at the center of the door panel below the pull handle, remove the small plastic cover.
Figure 3

Working at the center of the door panel below the pull handle, remove the small plastic cover. Lever the cover out using a plastic prying tool. Then pull it down to remove it.

Working at the inside of the door panel, remove the plastic cover.
Figure 4

Working at the inside of the door panel, remove the plastic cover. Pull the cover straight off to remove it.

Moving to the tweeter speaker, pull the tweeter housing straight off the door, detaching at the inner edge first.
Figure 5

Moving to the tweeter speaker, pull the tweeter housing straight off the door, detaching at the inner edge first. Then disconnect the electrical connector by pulling it straight out (inset).

Working inside the door panel where the plastic cover was removed, remove the T30 Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 6

Working inside the door panel where the plastic cover was removed, remove the T30 Torx fastener (red arrow). Then disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it apart.

Remove the center door panel T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 7

Remove the center door panel T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Using a door panel clip tool (red arrows), release the door panel clips.
Figure 8

Using a door panel clip tool (red arrows), release the door panel clips. I like to start at the lower corner. I then work my way around the door panel, releasing all the other clips.

Once the door panel clips have been disconnected, lift the door panel up (red arrow) to remove it from the door.
Figure 9

Once the door panel clips have been disconnected, lift the door panel up (red arrow) to remove it from the door. It will not come off just yet. You have to detach the door handle cable and electrical connectors.

Pull the door panel back enough to access the door handle cable.
Figure 10

Pull the door panel back enough to access the door handle cable. Pull the cable away (red arrow) from the handle and remove it from the mount (blue arrow). Then unhook the cable end from the handle (inset).

Pull the door panel back enough to access all the electrical connectors.
Figure 11

Pull the door panel back enough to access all the electrical connectors. Disconnect the electrical connectors (red arrows) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out. Then, disconnect the speaker electrical connector (green arrows) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out. The blue arrow points to the printed light circuit connector. To release this, press in the tab (blue arrow) and pull it straight out. You may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to get to the release tab. Once all the electrical connectors are disconnected and detached from the door panel, remove the door panel from the vehicle. You can now service items behind the door panel and repair them as needed. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged door panel clips. Properly route all the wiring as it was before.

To replace the power window switch, disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out.
Figure 12

To replace the power window switch, disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out. Remove the T15 Torx fastener (red arrow). Then release the retaining tabs (green arrows) and push the switch out of the door panel.

To replace the power mirror switch, pull back the insulation (green arrow).
Figure 13

To replace the power mirror switch, pull back the insulation (green arrow). Then disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out. Remove the 8mm fasteners (red arrows). Then push the switch out of the door panel.

To replace the power seat switch, pull back the insulation (green arrow).
Figure 14

To replace the power seat switch, pull back the insulation (green arrow). Then disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out. Remove the 8mm fasteners (red arrows). Then push the switch out of the door panel.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Expat5 Comments: Very surprised you dont advise disconnecting the battery prior to this work. I was under the impression the optional side airbags were located in the doors. Am I wrong?

Also...do you have the part number for the door panel clips? Maybe that could be referenced somewhere in the article?

Overall...I find the quality of your work here excellent and it has been *very* helpful for repairs in the past.
September 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Our subject vehicle did not have airbags in the doors.If your vehicle does, disconnect the battery before beginning.

The door panel clips are located on the right side of the article in a small window, click there for the part number.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Mercedes-W211/81-INTERIOR-Front_Door_Panel_Replacement/81-INTERIOR-Front_Door_Panel_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ice Comments: I am looking for the passenger side part of the picture I attached. It's the same make and model ie 2003 mecerdes E320 base
April 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can get it for you..
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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