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Hello friends, since I've always helped when asked, maybe someone can throw me a bone. I purchased a video in motion and am looking to do the install, it's straight forward but I am stuck on how to take off the air vents, there is a video to show you how to pry it off, but in doing it that way (incorrectly) you will damage the outer ring and leave indentations on the outer edge. I have the PDF from the dealer given to me from where I purchased it from. it shows the diagram using a MB tool that resembles a wire with the tip slightly bent. I made on using a coat hanger but only problem is that I can't get it to work. Question. Is the original tool different? It says to insert in hole and turn 90 degrees and its un-cliped. but it wont work. Is this tool that special that only that one will work?
If someone has done this before can you tell me what i'm doing wrong, maybe post a video using tool and technic in how to use it.
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Did not see this and responded to your other post. Now definitely feeling those plastic tools won't help in this situation. Sorry I don't have my car to help. My only suggestion would be a camera scope if you have one. If not a very bright light inside of vent to light it up and hopefully see what's holding it in place. Keep us posted and good luck
 

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After viewing pics I'm wondering if you'd have better luck with dental picks. The ones used for cars that is. Smaller gauge and sharper point may be able to hook clip better with that. Just thinking...
 

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Dionisio, really interested in the removal of the air vents as well. Inside the vent, there appears to be a small "ledge" at the bottom where the hook might fit. I assume that the tool is inserted, when the hook gets to that ledge the hook is rotated 90 degrees so that it can grab the inside of the vent. It appears you firmly pull the vent so that the flat spring hooks on the vent are compressed enough to allow the vent to release and be removed.

Please keep us informed on the success of the vent removal, the VIM wiring harness install, and the actual performance of the kit.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Sorry I'm of no help here, but I'm very interested in this as well. I actually bid on the same VIM harness on e-bay. The videos floating around show that the cupholder and storage bin area trim need to be removed as well to push the head unit out, but since I have a 45 instead of a 250, I'm not sure if it's as easy removing the trim around the shifter. Please keep us all updated on your progress.
 

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since I have a 45 instead of a 250, I'm not sure if it's as easy removing the trim around the shifter. Please keep us all updated on your progress.
Hadn't even thought of that. If I get mine installed before you I'll let ya know and vice versa please
 

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I did decide to purchase the Mercedes vent removal tool, part number A140589023300. Here are some photos on how I used the tool to removed the air vents.

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If you look closely in the vent, you can see a small ledge on the inside bottom of the vent. You are trying to insert the hook on the tool into a small hole on the bottom. Insert the tool sideways until you reach this ledge, then rotate the tool 90 degrees to insert the hook into this small hole. Now pull back on the tool and give a firm tug and the vent should come out. Remove both outside vents and you then have access to screws that hold the radio head unit in place.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the help.. I get my tool in mail today. Have a question. I tried making the hook with a hanger but it did not work... Is it because it is to thick to fit in said hole? Also the slot is about 2 inches from the outer ring. When inserting the tool, is the hook pointing up or down, or sideways before in enters the slot.. The when you turn 90 degrees is that clockwise?
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Thanks for the help.. I get my tool in mail today. Have a question. I tried making the hook with a hanger but it did not work... Is it because it is to thick to fit in said hole? Also the slot is about 2 inches from the outer ring. When inserting the tool, is the hook pointing up or down, or sideways before in enters the slot.. The when you turn 90 degrees is that clockwise?
Thanks.
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The hanger diameter may have been too big. Really, it didn't seem to make much difference if the hook went in horizontal or vertical, it just has to make it into the hole in a vertical position, hook facing downward into the hole. The photos I took was looking at the bottom of the vent. The hole is very small so it takes a little patience to fit it into the hole. Once in the hole, just a tug and it should come out. Hope this helps. Good luck with your vent removal.
 

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Thanks a bunch!
I am taking off air vents to get access to the radio screws to take out command unit so I can install the bypass that allows video in motion.
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I'm about to loose my #@$! trying to get this @#[email protected] vent off! I got the hook thing but still no luck, it 7" and the hook it 90% and 1/4 inch.. It's not the MB but supposed to work. I notice the MB one is bent inwards, every time i feel the spring in he hole it feels like it slips out. Is this my problem and I should bend the tip inwards to create more of a hook? HELP!!!!!
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I did decide to purchase the Mercedes vent removal tool, part number A140589023300. Here are some photos on how I used the tool to removed the air vents.

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If you look closely in the vent, you can see a small ledge on the inside bottom of the vent. You are trying to insert the hook on the tool into a small hole on the bottom. Insert the tool sideways until you reach this ledge, then rotate the tool 90 degrees to insert the hook into this small hole. Now pull back on the tool and give a firm tug and the vent should come out. Remove both outside vents and you then have access to screws that hold the radio head unit in place.

Hope this helps.

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I have a 2015 CLA45, i can't remove the center one, the one close to the each door can be remove very easily.

The 3 center one won't move.. Grrr
 

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I have a 2015 CLA45, i can't remove the center one, the one close to the each door can be remove very easily.

The 3 center one won't move.. Grrr
Thats funny ... the benz tool unlatches the inner catch and the vents slide out
A few members have done it already ... to wrap the dash panel add turbo gauge etc
 

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Thats funny ... the benz tool unlatches the inner catch and the vents slide out
A few members have done it already ... to wrap the dash panel add turbo gauge etc
Weird.

I can remove the side one very easily, with the tool. :S

I don't remember a latches when i done it in my last CLA250. :S
 
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