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Old 11-19-2002, 07:22 AM
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Red face Rear passenger window

The rear window can go down, but I have to PULL it up with my hands.. can anyone tell me how to remove the door panel so I can repair this problem, don't want to take it to the shop..

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Old 11-19-2002, 01:06 PM
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GO to the DIY section, on top of this page...

Look under door check strap replacement to see how to remove the door skin. The rest s common sense.
Probably is the motor going south, or may be just some lubrication. Also check the switches. Does it do it all the time with both switches (front and rear) or just one?
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Old 11-19-2002, 05:15 PM
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I just did a repair on my rear window sliding JAW last month so maybe I can help here.
First, I'd check the switch in the front center console to be sure that it works ok. these usually wear out from 'gunk' seeping onto the contacts. You need to remove the ashtray, then there are two phillips screws to remove before the center console loosens to the point you can lift up the panel that holds the switches. If I recall correctly, the front and rear switches are identical. I popped mine out and gently opened the switch and cleaned it before I enventually replaced it.

To check the door switch you will need to remove the doorpanel. Remove the door lock knob, gently pry the black plastic piece inside of the door latch to expose a small phillips screw. Now there are two large phillips screws in the bottom of the door arm rest to remove and another at the top of the door rest handle. Also, there is a trim piece if I remember that goes up the side and is held in by two small screws. Once all of the screws are removed, GENTLY tap the bottom of the door panel upwards and the panel should loosen to the point where you can slightly pull it out and reveal a light connection in the bottom (remove) and the window switch harness (to be removed so the panel can be completely removed) DO NOT try to pry the door panel straight out as you will break the plastic pieces that hold it in place.

Now you can check the switch, clean it and/or replace it if needed and you can carefully cut the plastic liner and check the motor and JAW action. These motrs rarely go bad and I have yet to replace any in the three benz's I have owned.
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Old 11-25-2002, 12:36 PM
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Only Back passenger

Its only the back passenger window that does it, the switch works and I can hear the motor going when I push it to go up, but the window doesn't budge...
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Old 11-25-2002, 01:14 PM
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What I was told when my window stuck was to hold the swith on the center console in the, in your case in the window up position and slam the door, this will free whatever is holding it. My motor just seemed to be stuck, did wonders for me.
Give it a try,
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Old 11-25-2002, 07:01 PM
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Here's a wild guess, but it seems at least probable....the plastic JAW that attaches the window frame to the arm of the window motor has broken vertically and is stuck in the window track.

You will need to remove the door panel and cut the plasticc to really see what's going's not very difficult to do. good luck.
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Old 11-25-2002, 07:14 PM
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Here is a description of removing a 300E door panel from another post on this site:

Remove Door Lock button.

Open door and remove about two screws that secure the back plastic shroud around the door striker.

If applicable remove speaker grill (I don't think youreally need to do this, but again, I'm going from memory and my car is not here. Btter to remove and look around for fasteners. For front doors, this is N/A.

This is the tricky part - there is one more screw behind the inside door release handle. The black plastic shroud has to be slipped forward before it comes off to reveal the screw.

I don't know if the seat switch comes off wioth the pael, but my guess is yes, since there is no access to the back side until the door panel is off.

Noe the door panel is free to remove. There are about 8 or so "L" shaped clips around the panel and on the door pull, these slip thru slots on the door frame and then down to secure the panel. So to remove, you must slide up to disengage. My panel was very reluctant to come off, since this it probably had been untouched for over ten years.

Disconnect the speaker wire and set the panel aside.

There is a thin sheet of pastic that is glued to the door frame as a moisture barrier. If you work it slowly, you can probably get it off without ripping it.

Reverse the steps to reassemble and I would suggest an extra set of hands to help push the panel against the door so all the L brackets engage. It took me a couple of trys!

taking off the door panel

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