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removing rubber strip on door?

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To repair some rust bubbles on my '97 E320, I need to get behind the rubber/composit horizontal strip that protects the door from bings. Is it a glue on or does it mount from the inside of the door panel?

Becuase it's a Mercedes, I suspect it's attached to the door and I need to access the inside of the door to remove it. If that's the case, how do I get into the door? Usually I just pry around till I find a way in, but with the side airbag there, that does not sound like so smart an idea.

Anyone got experience with this or can recomend a good instruction guide?
Thanks so much!

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Re: removing rubber strip on door?

I assume you are referring to the body colored impact moulding about 200mm above the bottom of the door. There is a single, stainless steel screw to remove. Then the moulding slides horizontally about 10mm to be free. On the front door open the door and look along the inside of the door edge at the rear of the door. On the rear door it is along the front edge. Slide the moulding towards the screw to remove.

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Re: removing rubber strip on door?

Thank you so much!
I was a member of the MBCA for ten or fifteen years but let my subscription lapse. Time to re-join. Thanks for the help.
J Stirling

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