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Overly complicated? mercedes-benz interior wiring! cls 500 loud noises! – Auto Repair Chat

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96 thoughts on “Overly complicated? mercedes-benz interior wiring! cls 500 loud noises!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Abc Def says:

    I actually liked this video. I am frankly in awe that you were able to do this project so deftly (which was not easy) with all of the mind-bendingly irritating grinding noise in the background.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Strum says:

    Obviously, too many displaced spacecraft & rocket Engineers have Infected the auto manufacturing industry…..Nothing like this design should have ever been used for road vehicles…..

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Sawyer says:

    Remember blue, white and black.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eternal wolf says:

    You did an amazing job Ray!….I own a Mercedes commercial vehicle I repair myself, feel your pain. Perhaps an easier approach the next time you need to change a window regulator on one of these would be to cut an access hole from the outside of the door, with say a 9" grinder……There was a time when the three point logo stood for quality, now it just stands for overly complicated junk covered in bling.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dennis Breckner says:

    Excellent job young man.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NDIrishfan71 says:

    I hate jobs like these, I had to do it on my wife's 2002 Buck Century. It was not really hard, but very tedious. She drives a 2020 Camry SE now and I hope it lasts because it looks a lot more complicated like most modern vehicles.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Ray says:

    Holy crap. I really felt for you on this one. I didn’t believe you’d be able to get it to work. A real clusterfuck of wires and too many opportunities to screw it all up. But you really did it.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Hudick says:

    I get a weak feeling in my stomach whenever I watch somebody dredging around inside a door trying to repair a devilish mechanism that the door was assembled around.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve McRichards says:

    Fiddly but not as bad as I expected it to be. When it's a Mercedes-Benz you know you're in for an adventure into: "where does everything go?"

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lefty dog says:

    4 days, 12 hours, 31 m in later the door panel was removed, along with the new regulator, etc Total Cost = $3,123 + tax and shop fees. Remember kids, if the door regualator repair is more than the cost of the vehicle you are a sh!thead 😂😂

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Koi Thema says:

    Ich sehe du hast eine Menge Spaß mit der Technik aus Stuttgart 😀 Grüße aus Deutschland

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars morgan gale says:

    great job so much work hero

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars OGT Gaming says:

    Use plastic tools when bending on plastic and leather, it makes me creap in my whole body when you use iron tools for it…^^

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hyper Nova says:

    Ray you should do more European cars you made me laugh in your first episode on the Mercedes when you didn’t tighten the wiper arm but it’s really satisfying watching the complicated cars be taken apart and put back together.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joshua abbott says:

    You do realize the car is adjusted slightly higher on the driver side to compensate for the weight of the driver

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eatont9999 says:

    Nit-picking here but you forgot the two screw hole plugs that go at the bottom of the door. Also forgot to replace the sticker tape that covered a hole near the driver's door SAM.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Olive Thrush says:

    You are right as always. We have seen and been fascinated by one door coming off and going back. How do you remember which connector goes where? Brilliant idea with those coloured dots matching the 'plugs'.
    But we can imagine the passenger door being done. Just a mirror image LoL. No need to show it.
    Thanks again for some good insight into how things go back together. I was able to fix a new glove box door and handle on my Alfa with confidence gleaned from your skills.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John McShera says:

    Sort of job where you need some extra hands. Great video.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars glenn schemitsch says:

    Don't ever buy a second hand German vehicle unless you have a lot of money for repairs.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chester says:

    Interesting video. Makes me glad I only have a Honda Civic after removing my door panels to upgrade speakers last weekend lol. This looked like a pain.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jimbon88 says:

    I commend Ray for doing a good job on a German car. Not many non-dealer mechanics are as qualified or fastidious. Not for nothing, but leaving a CLS500 for the "corner" mechanic to work on it tells me the owner got the car in a divorce and knows nothing about what she is driving or how to take care of it. Look at everything that is broken! My $0.02.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Flyza787 says:

    Ray, this was NOT an uninteresting video. I love seeing how different manufacturers accomplish the same thing using different designs. Mercedes, while complicated, look really well made when you see the level of detail in that door panel. The sound insulation blanket vs a sheet of heavy plastic used as a liner is one difference. Plus, that door track mechanism looks way better than the one you replaced in the BMW some months ago while at the old shop. Granted, that was an aftermarket POS; I am referring to the basic design that MB has that looked structurally sounder. Just my opinion, of course! Keep those videos coming buddy!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Nagy says:

    That is one of the least enjoyable repairs on a Mercedes – everything is finicky and very bloody sharp. I did all 4 on my w202 years back, lucky you didn’t need to fix the motors. That does involve rivet chewing. Only a couple of times where I cringed waiting for the window to run free down the door. For never having done that before, great job.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger D says:

    Watch after all this trouble changing the regulator assembly, Rainman puts it all back together and finds out the window motors' nylon gears are stripped too! chalk one up for another "Rookie" mistake"

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger D says:

    The order of disassembly and assembly is vital to your success with ANYTHING you do! Any shop manual will state that…. "assembly is the reverse order of disassembly" These Videos will save your ass as you may refer to them if you ever lose your way.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger D says:

    What the hell is all that grinding noise in the background? I thought this was your own private shop? Did you put your wife unit to work on body work on other cars?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger D says:

    your learning new words in the English language as you progress in your YT video adventures. I see hope for you yet, Rainman! altho I find your Floridian dialect oddly interesting

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger D says:

    I kinda suspect that the Mercedes dealership mechanics just change the door when the window regulators go bad

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger D says:

    You best get yourself a repair manual on Mercedes before you make a costly mistake, and it puts you out of business!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wes Gregg says:

    So you performed a very expensive job to "save" the cost of a $54 recalibration procedure?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cliff Ferguson says:

    Words are hard.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M Q says:

    While they are a pain. At least most things on at least older Mercedes are actually ment to be able to take apart and fix. I had an old one and the glove box light switch was easy to take completely parts and repair it.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M Q says:

    Great, now I see you have a wobbly extension. Well, now you have more. Delivered today FedEx says…..

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Niko Barnes says:

    When I worked at a body shop I’d run a razor down that black stuff. It’s called beutal and just slap some extra on it when jnstalling

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Robinson says:

    Ray can youu take a photo of the wiring loom and connectors before dismantling so assembly could be easier?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Theron Wolf says:

    I can appreciate your dealing with complexity. The job of maintaining my wife's beloved 560SL (88) falls on me (my personal thing is simple OLD Jeeps). Official service information is hard to find (and I suspect many dealer mechanics are younger than the car). Not to mention special tools (!!!). Some good stuff on Youtube and user forums, fortunately.

    Spent a couple of months trying to resolve an idle issue which was eventually traced to idle control module buried so deep behind the glove box that I could not see it at all and had to remove it entirely by feel. Of course replacements are not available, but found a shop that rebuilt it for me. Frustrating, but wife is happy.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert hall says:

    Good music bro lol.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MISC BITS says:

    to stop the glass dropping on you, duct tape to the glass and over the top of the frame. It's more than strong enough to hold whilst you mess with the regulator.

    For frameless windows, rubber door wdges work fairly well

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ed Chenal says:

    Patience and a good memory is helpful.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nader Kaddoura says:

    The door is definetly not designed to be dissassembled