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Pelican Technical Article:

Wheel Well Liner Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$150

Talent:

***

Tools:

10mm, 8mm sockets, flathead screwdriver, trim panel tool, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Wheel well plastic rivets and wheel well liners

Hot Tip:

Tape body so you don't scratch it

Performance Gain:

Access to front lights, horn and washer reservoir

Complementary Modification:

Replace all plastic rivets

The wheel wells (inner fenders) on your Mercedes-Benz W211 are fitted with plastic liners. These liners help to keep water and debris from entering body panels, electrical components and the engine compartment. The wheel well liners also help to reduce road noise and offer another level of weight reduction by reducing the amount of metal used in the fenders and surrounding components.

The front wheel well liner protects the front fender from water and helps to dampen road noise. You will need to remove it to replace a front fender, front bumper, horn or an electrical component located in the wheel well. Wheel well liners are frequently damaged from impacts with parking blocks or curbs, sometimes leaving the liner hanging or dragging on the wheel. When replacing, I suggest having the plastic rivets for the front and rear splash shield connection to the fender on hand. These items frequently break when removing. There is nothing worse than not having all the parts you need to complete a repair.

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.

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Raise and support the axle of the vehicle you are removing the wheel well liner from. See our tech article on jacking up and safely supporting the vehicle.

Front liner: Remove the front wheel and the engine splash shields.
Figure 1

Front liner: Remove the front wheel and the engine splash shields. The wheel well liner (blue arrows) is two pieces, wrapping around the inner fender and behind the strut. The front section of the panel can be removed for servicing the front bumper and the other items located in the front bumper area. The red arrow points to a damaged front section of the liner on my subject vehicle.

Front liner: Starting at the front panel of the liner, remove the five 10mm fasteners (blue arrows).
Figure 2

Front liner: Starting at the front panel of the liner, remove the five 10mm fasteners (blue arrows). The red arrow points to a plastic rivet. Using a trim panel tool, lever out the center pin. Then remove the rivet.

Front liner: Working in front of the strut, remove the front liner by pulling it away from the body (red arrow) and detaching it from the mounting studs.
Figure 3

Front liner: Working in front of the strut, remove the front liner by pulling it away from the body (red arrow) and detaching it from the mounting studs.

Front liner: Next, working at the front bumper, pull the liner out of the front bumper and down to remove the liner from the stud (red arrow).
Figure 4

Front liner: Next, working at the front bumper, pull the liner out of the front bumper and down to remove the liner from the stud (red arrow).

Front liner: While pulling the liner down and out of the fender, spread the liner junction at the top of the fender and pull the front liner down and out of the fender to remove it.
Figure 5

Front liner: While pulling the liner down and out of the fender, spread the liner junction at the top of the fender and pull the front liner down and out of the fender to remove it.

Front liner: To continue removing the rear section of the front wheel well liner: Remove two plastic rivets from the rear of the wheel well liner (red arrows).
Figure 6

Front liner: To continue removing the rear section of the front wheel well liner: Remove two plastic rivets from the rear of the wheel well liner (red arrows). Using a trim panel tool, lever out the center pin. Then remove the rivet.

Front liner: Now move to beneath the vehicle.
Figure 7

Front liner: Now move to beneath the vehicle. Right at the bottom rear of the front fender, remove the two 8mm fasteners (red arrows).

Front liner: Now move back inside the fender.
Figure 8

Front liner: Now move back inside the fender. Remove the four 10mm fasteners (red arrows). Detach the wheel well liner from the body. Pull it out of the body and down while you pull the liner out of the fender. Install the wheel well liner in the reverse order of removal. Remember to replace the plastic rivets and any damaged fasteners. When installing, start by installing the rear section. Align it properly. Then install all the fasteners except the top one (at the liner junction). Then install the front section of the liner and tighten all the fasteners.

Rear liner: Remove the rear wheel.
Figure 9

Rear liner: Remove the rear wheel. The wheel well liner (red arrow) is two pieces, wrapping around the inner fender and behind the strut. The rear section (blue arrow) of the panel can be removed for servicing the muffler.

Rear liner: Starting at the rear panel of the liner, remove the three 10mm fasteners (blue arrows).
Figure 10

Rear liner: Starting at the rear panel of the liner, remove the three 10mm fasteners (blue arrows). The red arrow points to a plastic rivet. Using a trim panel tool, lever out the center pin. Then remove the rivet.

Rear liner: You can remove this panel or leave it in place and remove it as a unit with the entire rear wheel well liner.
Figure 11

Rear liner: You can remove this panel or leave it in place and remove it as a unit with the entire rear wheel well liner. To remove it, pull the panel away from the mounting studs and detach the tabs at the top.

Rear liner: Working at the bottom front of the rear fender, remove the 8mm fastener (red arrow).
Figure 12

Rear liner: Working at the bottom front of the rear fender, remove the 8mm fastener (red arrow).

Rear liner: Working at the front of the rear fender, using a trim panel tool.
Figure 13

Rear liner: Working at the front of the rear fender, using a trim panel tool. Lever out the center pin. Then remove the plastic rivets (red arrows).

Rear liner: Move to the inner fender, toward the front.
Figure 14

Rear liner: Move to the inner fender, toward the front. Remove the two 10mm fasteners (red arrows).

Rear liner: With all the fasteners removed, pull the center of the liner (near strut) away from the body, detaching the points where the plastic nuts attach the liner to the studs.
Figure 15

Rear liner: With all the fasteners removed, pull the center of the liner (near strut) away from the body, detaching the points where the plastic nuts attach the liner to the studs. Once free, pull the center of the liner away from the body while feeding the top sides down and out of the fender. Slide the front of the liner down and remove the liner from the body. Reverse the removal steps to reinstall the wheel liners.

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