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Old 09-28-2008, 10:41 AM
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Dismantling rear door, 95 S320

I have a power window problem and I have looked at enough threads that I think I know what I have to do with the mechanicals. My problem is getting the face panel off the door to expose the system. There are a few illustrated guides that show how to do it for other models, but I can't seem to find one for the W140. On the E series, there are three screws, one near the door release, one at the latch plate and one by the pull handle.

So far I have but I have managed to locate the one by the latch and one inside the armrest / pull handle assembly (hiding beneath a small cover plate). I have popped the little plastic holders on the sides and bottom, but something feels like it needs to be removed near the top of the pull handle / armrest. Dang if I can find where the screw is.

Can somebody give me some pointers on opening this up? Does the little cup around the silver colored door release come off?My window is stuck in the down position and winter is coming!

Last edited by hodag; 09-28-2008 at 11:27 AM.
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:54 PM
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Never mind, I got it (finally). For somebody else who may need this:

1. Remove courtesy light at bottom of door, unhook electrical.
2. Remove cigarette lighter & ash tray, unhook electrical.
3. At door latch, loosen one Phillips screw and remove cover plate.
4. INSIDE the door handle, there is a small cover plate. Pry off with a flat blade to expose a single Phillips screw. Remove.
5. Now the tricky bit. There is an oval shapped wood panel just above the switch that makes the window go up and down. Gently insert a flat blade object (like a feeler gauge or buy the special MB tool) and pry off the two plastic clips. You need to come at it from the rear of the door pressing gently forward as you go. Once the clips pop, you can wiggle the panel off easily.
6. Two bolts are hidden by that plate, remove with a socket wrench.
7. Now you are pretty much home free. Gently work alongside the panel starting near the latch, then down to the bottom, along the bottom, and up the other side. You will be popping off plastic connectors as you go.
8. Now that you have three sides loose, reach up inside and unhook the rest of the wires (at the window swtich) and unhook the door actuator.
9. Lift upwards on the interior plate and remove hooks on the top side from the matching slots at the top of the door frame. At this point, the entire panel should come free.

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