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I've got a 96 S320 with a rear door that will not open. I believe the latch mechanism is made of gold, according to the Mitchell Manual.
Has anyone repaired the latch mechanism on the glove box?
Lastly, am having problems trying to find side window visors for this car.
Anyone help with the answers?
Joe
 

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After working on these cars for a while, one may think these cars are made of gold, but seriously I couldn't imagine any part of a door using gold - too soft. What is wrong with your glove box mechanism? As far as the side window "visors" do you mean the shades that go up and down with the window or something else?
 

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If you cant get the lock to open from the outside or inside you will have to get the door panel off, do a search since you have to remove the seat control panel to get at a screw behind it. You will have to jockey it around, and probably break some clips to get it off.
The glove compartment lock is aontrolled by a bowden type cable (think bike handbrake) if you slide a stiff wire down the side of the cylinder at about 45 to 90 degrees the cylinder can be removed (key in lock), pull the cylinder dont remove key the tumblers will fall out. There is a screw that holds the whole assembly that you will see when cylinder is out.
I have no clue about the shade portion or side visor
 

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After working on these cars for a while, one may think these cars are made of gold, but seriously I couldn't imagine any part of a door using gold - too soft. What is wrong with your glove box mechanism? As far as the side window "visors" do you mean the shades that go up and down with the window or something else?
What I meant by gold is that the price for a new one is $1800.
The visors are the plastic pieces at the top of the windows that allow the windows to be open a bit without getting rain on the inside.Since most visors I've had on E series went in the rubbler channels at the top, the W140 with flush windows [double glazed] would allow them to be attached to the top of the door metal.
 

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If you cant get the lock to open from the outside or inside you will have to get the door panel off, do a search since you have to remove the seat control panel to get at a screw behind it. You will have to jockey it around, and probably break some clips to get it off.
The glove compartment lock is aontrolled by a bowden type cable (think bike handbrake) if you slide a stiff wire down the side of the cylinder at about 45 to 90 degrees the cylinder can be removed (key in lock), pull the cylinder dont remove key the tumblers will fall out. There is a screw that holds the whole assembly that you will see when cylinder is out.
I have no clue about the shade portion or side visor
Thanks, I'll try it.
The visors are because of the endless winter rain in Vancouver and I've had them on the E series, but in the case of the W140 there is no rubber channel to put them into.
Joe
 
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