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Old 08-19-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Removing W221 door-panels..

Does anyone have a quick how-to for removing the doorpanels front and back?
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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In order to remove the front panel, you need to unscrew to screws, one inside of the armrest , open it and on the right side you will see a hidden cap, one screw will be inside. Second screw is under armrest. After removing those 2, u just need to unclip it.
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The rear door panel's has 2 screws also. Both you can see under the armrest. Once those are out, just pull outward to loosen the clips, then up.
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Sounds easy enough to do.

Thanks gentlepeople!!

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Be careful when popping the entire panel. If you try to grab on with fingers you will end up ripping the vinyl off, don't ask how I know.
After the screws you need something thin, flat and wide and does not scratch paint to pry the panel off the door. It has pins all around the perimeter. Then you need to lift it up a bit but not before removing the tweeters.
I changed my door pins and have photos, just have not had chance to post a walk through. I will try to get something together in next day.
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Be careful when popping the entire panel. If you try to grab on with fingers you will end up ripping the vinyl off, don't ask how I know.
After the screws you need something thin, flat and wide and does not scratch paint to pry the panel off the door. It has pins all around the perimeter. Then you need to lift it up a bit but not before removing the tweeters.
I changed my door pins and have photos, just have not had chance to post a walk through. I will try to get something together in next day.
^^^ This
And also be carfeul when unclipping it, because there are many ribbon-wires that are easily damaged.
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Does anyone have a quick how-to for removing the doorpanels front and back?
marthyh, use a plastic wedge with a wide body to avoid damaging the vinyl/leather covering
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Thx guys !!Would be very useful to see the pics!!

Perhaps we could add this topic, for more then one reason ,to the wiki as well ..

(Personally I want to tint windows in the near future)
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Thx guys !!Would be very useful to see the pics!!

Perhaps we could add this topic, for more then one reason ,to the wiki as well ..

(Personally I want to tint windows in the near future)
Are you located in the US? cause we have a law banning tinting of the whole car except for the rear passenger windows and rear windshield.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:24 AM   #10
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Are you located in the US? cause we have a law banning tinting of the whole car except for the rear passenger windows and rear windshield.
No I am in Europe and we have them laws as well .That would be another thread..
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Can someone help me in removing the master switch arm armrest part. I was able to remove the side armrest that opens, but the part with the switch control module is not budging. I removed 2 of the rear screws but cant seems to get it off. Is there a screw somewhere that I'm missing? I've attached some images. Thanks for your help.
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Hello I am in the exact same situation as multimillboy with my W221 2007 model Front door panels removal no problems thanks (-: Back door right side seems there is a last screw maybe hidden under speaker cover ? I'm not able to remove the last part (see picture) And i have to remove this because if i under stud this correct the last main screw is underneath there and this have to be removed before i can take of the door panel Anyone with a good explanation or best... Pictures out there ? I want to change my door pins with the AMG pins Meaning i need to remove the rear door panel. Appreciate any help...
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Thx guys !!Would be very useful to see the pics!!

Perhaps we could add this topic, for more then one reason ,to the wiki as well ..

(Personally I want to tint windows in the near future)
Here is some picture of my front door panel removal
Hope this can help
But I still have problem to remove the rear panels.. se below
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The switch row sits with a screw from the bottom. Well hidden. Just search and you should fint it..
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Many thanks guys. But can you remove the front with the window NOT rolled down?
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I desperately need the plastic piece that goes inside of the handle connection to the release arm latch. I broke mine in the most weird way known and now my driver door handle is just hanging loose. The dealership didn't know if it was apart of the arm or the handle assembly.
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Many thanks guys. But can you remove the front with the window NOT rolled down?
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You have to roll the window down because you need to grab underneath the panel top against the windows side and then pull carefully up
The Door Panel hanging on a hook it helps to press a little bit in top of panel when you remove the panel and when you put it back... see image

Look at this pics to Se how it looks behind the panel
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You have to roll the window down because you need to grab underneath the panel top against the windows side and then pull carefully up
The Door Panel hanging on a hook it helps to press a little bit in top of panel when you remove the panel and when you put it back... see image

Look at this pics to Se how it looks behind the panel
Thanks but my electric window motor is dead and I need to remove the door panel to replace the motor Chicken and egg!!!
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Thanks for answering so fast (-:
I will check that out when i come home from work today if i'm not finding it i will
attaching a picture that you can mark the screw on. If you can be so kind..
In worst case..If that is ok for you
I will post a pic that show where the screw is located

Finally ! mystery solved. Like Always.. easy when you know it
To get access to the last main panel screw You have to remove the speaker cover Please see pic's enclosed
If you dont need access to the el switch in the armrest. Leave it alone you don't need to loosen that one at all.
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The switch row sits with a screw from the bottom. Well hidden. Just search and you should fint it..
I still can't seem to find the screw to release the switch compartment. From what I'm seeing, the switch screw looks like it maybe accessible from behind the speaker grill. Is this correct? If so how do I access it or is it some where else. Thanks for your help.
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Hi there
after thinking it over I think you can remove the panel without rolling the window down
Remember to remove the tweeter speaker first (new pic enclosed) then follow the pictures that explains the panel removal procedure better than word

When panel is loosened all the clips are out crab the back end upper level
i think you will be able to get your fingertips under there.(See new pic)
Then lift, rock carefully the panel up (It helps pressing the panel in a little bit in the middle with your other hand because of the hook the panel hangs on again see pic's)

Hope this help you out,
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Hi there multimillboy
Yes you are perfectly right
You need to remove the speaker grill please see my pictures from today (-:
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Many thanks Haralabi, much appreciated.

You take very clear pics too.
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Great thread! I have isolated a slight rattle to the passenger rear wood trim piece on the door. Can this be tightened or is it pretty much a snap on piece? And if it can be tightened, does the whole panel have to be removed? WIS shows two screw on each end but I am unsure how to access them.
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