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Old 08-12-2011, 01:45 PM
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it seems to me that they make the handle impossible to take apart after it has been produced... therefore having to replace the whole thing. im sure if we could get inside the handle and clean up the contacts on the switches, it would work fine
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:43 PM
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Thanks Jake! I just replaced mine. Here's the photo of the PN for you guys. My paint code is 040 which I'm guessing the last 4 digits refer to on the label.Door Handle Replacement DIY-41dfb9a2.jpg
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:12 PM
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Gotta pull the door panel on my car.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:44 PM
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well i ordered myself a rear doro handle to replace my front one. i want to eliminate the key hole... i dont want some bum trying to get in my car with a screw driver
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meh i'll take my chances lol plus there is a key hole in the trunk still so I can get in there to charge the battery
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Sticky time for this puppy! Great write up!

Hoping Admins will throw it in the DIY section.
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:18 PM
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Mine just went out on me the other day. I was trying to get the replacement from my local dealer ( actually cheaper too), but the woman on the phone which did not seem too well informed claims that it is Just a sensor, no door handle. Can anyone confirm or deny her claim here ? Parts.com shows as a handle as well as everything else in the post, just want to be sure prior to getting it.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:05 PM
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Mine just went out on me the other day. I was trying to get the replacement from my local dealer ( actually cheaper too), but the woman on the phone which did not seem too well informed claims that it is Just a sensor, no door handle. Can anyone confirm or deny her claim here ? Parts.com shows as a handle as well as everything else in the post, just want to be sure prior to getting it.
its the painted handle...
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:09 PM
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Thank you sir. Figured as much, but wanted confirmation !
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The front handles are easy.How do you get the rear handles off?I took the door skin off but still ca not expose the screws for the handle. Lots of stuff blocking it. I tried to clean my front handle but its dead.Only locks now.I see a small tear in the posable rubber of the plastic part from wear/age that most likely let water/dirt into it.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:46 PM
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Inside the door handle

Hi I opened my defect door-handle to have a look inside. It was not difficult and I took some pictures of the switches that fails because of water and rust problem.


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It is not necessary to take the door cards off to replace the rear handle Remove the rubber seal at the level of the door handle and you will see a hole through which a T20 torx driver can be inserted and a captive screw loosened. The removal is similar to that of the front door handle described earlier in this thread. Mercedes specifies using a 250mm (~9.75 inches) which is difficult to come by.

Furthermore both front and rear doors use the same antenna that is not part of the door handle itself. The antenna is located elsewhere in the chassis.

If you have a STAR system with Xentry/DAS you can also check the actual values (pushed or not pushed) of the "push" button and "pull" button on each handle to confirm it is the issue. If you've got a "pull" button issue, I would also go in to the "actuations" menu and activate the door release motor for that affected door. Finally, the diagnostic procedure also recommends you check the continuity within the door frame (remove the interior of the door panel and probe the wiring connectors with a meter) - but I suspect the vast majority of the time the issue is a bad door handle.

Part #s for those living in North America can EASILY be obtained by getting yourself a free subscription (only users from NA are eligible) to the official Mercedes Parts Catalog. (Google Mercedes EPC for info). You can then plug in your VIN #, and the system will tell you the correct part # accounting for body color, model-line and year. Print this information out and the parts counter guy will love you.


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The front handles are easy.How do you get the rear handles off?I took the door skin off but still ca not expose the screws for the handle. Lots of stuff blocking it. I tried to clean my front handle but its dead.Only locks now.I see a small tear in the posable rubber of the plastic part from wear/age that most likely let water/dirt into it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:47 AM
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Hi I opened my defect door-handle to have a look inside. It was not difficult and I took some pictures of the switches that fails because of water and rust problem.


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were you able to put the handle back together after? did u fix it by cleaning up the rust?
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:16 AM
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guys, can someone tell me best place to buy door handle....i need 3 of them
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:21 PM
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i got mine from oediscountparts.com
good price reasonable shipping. parts.com rips you off on the shipping costs
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:27 PM
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Thanks. I need to replace my passenger side soon.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:17 PM
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ya i replaced my driver side front handle and all of a sudden my driver side rear one died. weird. oh well, i almost never use the rear one, so i can't justify spending another $150 to replace it
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:25 PM
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Just completed this as per the instructions on a 2006 CLS55 AMG.

Only difference is that the Hex bolt is located about 2 cm up towards the window rather than straight in the hole as shown in the pictures.

Have to angle the screwdriver up towards the window on a 45 degree angle.

Other than that the replacement from OE Discount Parts was perfect and I would order from them again without hesitation.
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Awesome thread, thanks! My driver's side door handle wouldn't unlock the car when I tried to open it anymore. After reading this thread, I removed the rear handle and plugged it into the front to confirm that it was the contact switch under the handle that went bad and not something further upstream. Everything worked as expected with the other handle.

I ordered a replacement door handle from oediscountparts (got it two days later) and installed it tonight in 5 minutes. Everything works and I only spent $140 as opposed to $500+ from the dealer.

Thanks again!

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Thanks for this guide - it helped me to replace the front keyless handle on my E55
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Damnit I cannot get to the torx screw
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Moosejaw and I just changed a door handle on my car, it took about 10 min, yes we had to goto sears to get a torx screw also, lol
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Ps. Rabbi, goto sears and get the long ones
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Was it T20 for sure? Don't want to get wrong one lol
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