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Old 05-31-2003, 01:12 PM
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Angry door panel removal help??? 300E 2.6

i need to check the electric switch for the backrest on my 300E
2.6,the seat moved backwards and wont comeback up,
can somebody please show me how to remove the door panel
drivers side,so i can check the switch.iam new to these things.
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Old 05-31-2003, 04:05 PM
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1. Prise off the escutcheon for the mirror and its manual operating lever (if fitted)

2. Remove the trim around the lock

3. The trim around the door release handle slides then you can remove it. Remove the lever, unhooking the rod as it comes out Undo the bolt securing the door pull.

4. The trim panel lifts up then off. Don't forget to disconnect the wiring from the kerb light.
Mick J
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Old 06-01-2003, 08:53 AM
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It's often dirty/corroded switch contacts that cause these problems. I don't think you have to take the door panel off as Mick suggested, to get the seat switch out. To remove the switch:
1. Disconnect battey ground.
2. Pull off the little molded seat control knobs.
3. Unclip the plasitc bezel.
4. Remove two screws to get the switch out. There's a connector on the rear; unplug it.

Once you have the switch out, it can be disassembled on a bench or desk, but be very carefull of all the little BBs and springs, etc. Your best bet may be just to use some electrical contact cleaner, available from a store in a spray can. Use the little spray straw and spray each contact area liberally while working each switch back and forth. Usually this will clean up the contact area enough for the switch to work fine again, without having to disassemble the little bits and pieces.
Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 06-01-2003, 09:16 AM
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or if you want pictures look at the DIY section on top of this page...

under door check strap replacement.
Good luck!
'86 300E
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