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My 2003 Mercedes Benz ML 500 is leaking water at the

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My 2003 Mercedes Benz ML 500 is leaking water at the passenger side (below the glove compartment). I suspect that the leak is from the sunroof drain tube. I would like to remove the panel below the glove compartment. Is this something I can do? Do you have step-by step instruction on how to do it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Marty replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

This is not the part that I want to remove. I want to remove the one on the side (attached to the wall where the front door is attached) where the drain tube passes and is connected to a grommet. There's some sort of a fuse/electrical box in the panel.

Expert:  Marty replied 1 year ago.

Hi, standby while I look up the instructions.

Expert:  Marty replied 1 year ago.

Click on the instructions below.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

I was able to open the panel but I can't access the drain tube from there.

There is a small panel at the end of the dashboard (to the right of the cup holder). Does that panel come off by itself? If so, how do I remove it? Do I have to remove the entire dashboard to access the wall area to the right of the glove compartment?

Expert:  Marty replied 1 year ago.

I'm not exactly sure what you are trying to find back there. The drain will either be disconnected at the roof or plugged up. You can remove the A pillar molding and inspect part of the drain tube but you will need to lower the headliner at the front to access the connection at the roof tray. I would first try blowing through the drain with compressed air and a blow gun. There isn't much to see behind the dash.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

How do I remove the A pillar and how do I lower the front headliner?

Expert:  Marty replied 1 year ago.

The A pillar molding just unclips from the pillar. I've attached instructions below.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

The A-pillar removal instructions that you sent is different from what is in my truck. After removing the door rubber seal, I didn't see the cap cover, screw and clip that holds the paneling. I tried to pull it out lightly but it seems snugly fit at the bottom and at the windshield side.

Where are the fasteners located?

Expert:  Marty replied 1 year ago.

They are on the inside of the A pillar. You need to pull it away at the top at approximately a 45° angle from the pillar.

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