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2009 CLC rear air vent removal

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by SDog, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. SDog

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    Good afternoon, I know this is a long shot but is there anyway you can help me, I’m trying to replace the rear air vents in my 2009 CLC 250, and after removing the ashtray I can’t figure out how to remove anything else, ie the trim holding the vents in!! Please help
    Many thanks in advance.
     
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    Won't the handbrake be in the way?
    Do the rear vents have a plastic rectangular surround ?
     
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    No handbrake as it’s a foot one, but it’s the air vents that supply the rear seats, housed in the back of the arm rest!
     
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    This is the part of trim I’m trying to remove so I can change the air vent unit
     

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    @GLK might be able to give you some advice on removal
     
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    Not from personal experience, I'm afraid - never had a CLC o_O

    The front ones on 169/245 are removed with this fancy pieces of wire, £15 from MB:

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    These go in either side, then turn to release the locking lugs. Could be something similar?
     
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    Have you bought the unit that you want to change ? Any chance of the part number.
     
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    I’ve a set of them (without the expensive logo... in a kit):cool:
     
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    I looked at pictures from the bit of trim I’m trying to get off, but for the life of me can’t work out how to remove it, I was praying someone else has a clc from photos it looks like with force it may just slide up as I can’t see any lugs or clips that need to be unengaged, but I reallly can’t get mine to budge ‍♂️‍♂️
     
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    I got the part off eBay, so I’ll post you some photos, but this part is held in behind a trim, it’s that trim that won’t budge 6C2E5C6B-B51B-4DF5-8B5A-FF3A0E1C0785.jpeg C12EC4C6-3561-445D-AC7A-97BBAB14747B.jpeg
     
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    I did see the first post but it’s a different assembly I just looked but can’t see the lugs mentioned in the second link, it all seems flush once the ashtray is removed! I’m ****** stuck as nothing else online
     
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    Looking at the pic you posted (would be helpful to see all four sides), you can try this: stick two flat thin plastic trim removers between the top of the vents units and the trim, until the lugs release (similar to removing a CDC from a glove box, if you ever done that) - then just pull out ...
     
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    The actual air vent part I posted will not slide out as it is in cased in a trim that surrounds the whole unit, it’s this trim that also holds the ashtray that I can’t budge, I’ve attached some photos of the trim that I can’t budge, that I found on eBay
     

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    Thanks for the photos.
    Is the ash tray for the rear seat passengers ?
     
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    Oh, I see - it looks like two metal expanding symmetrical clips on the top and hooks in the middle - the whole things should just slide up with a help of a trim remover - ideally two - each side at the very bottom - between the carpet and the console.
     
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    Yes it’s housed in the bottom part of the trim under the air vents.
     
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    Ok thank you, I’ll try it with two small screwdrivers as I don’t have a trim remover, or do you suggest I go and buy a trim remover??
     
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    I'd get some trim tools, they're not particularly expensive and very handy to have in the tool kit.

    Screwdrivers make a mess of plastic trim way too easily
     
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    Ok thank you, will order today!! Really appreciate your time and thank you for advice.
     
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