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Fitting vents to W210 e230 sunroof slide panel - advice pls

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by PeteW210, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. PeteW210

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    Hello all,

    I'm doing some work to my partner's 1996 W210 E230.

    Being hot climate car (UK delivery car imported to Thailand) the vents in the sliding sunroof panel have crumbled away. I've sourced two used vents from the US, and I've removed the panel, but i can't see how to get the vents fitted back in. Each side of the vent has a groove, of which the panel fits into. I can seat one side of the groove but the other edge or lip is nowhere near being easy to insert.
    Being used they are also a little brittle, and using a flat instrument to lever it in will crack the edge of the vent.
    How does one get these in?
    I've tried bending the panel to 'increase' the width of the cutout - not enough.

    Any help really appreciated..
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