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Old 09-21-2008, 01:20 PM
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Power Head Rest Switch

I have a 1991 300E, the driver side power head rest decided to take a break from work. I think the problem is the switch since it feels slightly different than the passenger side switch now. How do you remove the switch panel on the door without making a mess of it?

I would also like to remove and clean or replace the window switch but have not been able to locate the procedure for this.


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Old 09-21-2008, 01:48 PM
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Try some spray on electrical contact cleaner first.
Terry Allison
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:09 PM
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Power Seat Switch R+R (See Picto-grams Below):

Window Lift Switches (Console):
Pry up the front of the carpet in the tray under the Driver's Armrest ...remove the single Phillips screw...[Now look at the plastic surround inset into the wooden piece at the shifter...GENTLY using a small plastic spatula...pry it up
and off] ...lift the wooden console cover upwards from the back...Pivoting
forward 90 degrees (there are two plastic hooks that slide under the ashtray
piece [On the front of the Console Cover]and you are pivoting the console cover so as not to break them.)
individual window switches may now be GENTLY pulled up and out.
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'84 300SD sold
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:24 PM
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Thanks, that will be tomorrow mornings project.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:56 PM
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However, I will put odds on the weak link: the plastic pinion inside the seatback. To get access to that you need to take the seatback off. Procedure is buried somewhere in the forum. You can get a replacement part for 30-40 bucks, but judicious wrapping with duct tape solved my problem.

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