How to: remove and install ML W164 Headlights (ML350, ML500, ML63 AMG, ML550, ML320 CDI)

This article will describe in detail how to remove and install headlights on the W164 ML-Class Mercedes-Benz.

Tools Needed:

Plastic Clip Remover Tool or Pliers, 8mm and 10mm Socket, 3/8 Ratchet, Socket Extension

Step 1: Remove the two clips circled in yellow and labeled as “1” and “2” inside the front fender well. Remove these clips from both sides.

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Remove the two clips circled in yellow.

Step 2: Remove the 10mm screw circled in yellow. Remove this 10mm bolt from both sides.

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remove 10mm bolts from both sides

Step 3: Remove last hidden screw on both sides. The screw is hidden behind the fender liner in the wheel well. Fold the fender liner back to reveal a 8mm screw. Remove the 8mm screw. It is located between the lining of your car’s fender and bumper.
(Pro tip: turning the steering in the opposite direction will give you more room to work.)

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Remove this last hidden screw

Step 4: Remove remove the metal holding clip that secures the bumper to the fender.
You must pull the pins off of the metal clip first before removing it. There is one metal clip in each front wheel well.

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remove this metal clip that secures the bumper to each front fender.

Step 5: loosen the plastic floating bumper holder holding the front bumper to the truck’s body. Loosen the 8mm screw to slide the bumper off.

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Loosen the 8mm screw on the floating bumper almost free and ready to be removed shortly.

Step 6: Loosen the four 8mm screws from the top of your grille. Additionally, you might need to remove six clips attached to the bottom of the bumper (pointed out by the arrows) if you have the under-body plastic or armor.

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Remove the grille screws

Step 7: Remove all connectors and slide bumper off of truck. In our case, we had a temp sensor attached and had to disconnect it before removing the bumper.

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Remove any electrical connectors holding bumper in place before fully removing the bumper.

Step 8: Remove two 8mm screws on top of the headlight by loosening them with an 8mm socket.

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Remove these 8mm screws.

Step 9: You will now be able to see the last 8mm screw that needs to be removed before you can remove your headlights. Repeat for both sides.

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Remove this bolt, circled in yellow before removing the headlight.

Step 10: With all the three headlight mounting screws removed, you will be able to remove your headlights from your car. When removing your headlights, please be mindful of where the electrical connections are and carefully unplug them.

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Install is reverse of removal!

Step 11: Enjoy the new look!

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Our headlights look great!


How to: remove and install ML W163 Headlights (ML320, ML350, ML430, ML500, ML55 AMG)

This article will describe in detail how to remove and install headlights on the W163 ML-Class Mercedes-Benz.

Tools Needed:

10mm Socket
3/8 Ratchet
Socket Extension

Step 1. Open the hood. Locate the headlights. In the picture below, you will see a red circle. That red circle shows a 10mm screw. Use the ratchet to loosen the screw by turning it counter-clockwise.

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Step 2:

You will need to remove the lower headlight trim. You will do so by pressing down on the headlight trim fastener. Next, you will reach behind the trim and gently press the trim out of the mounting location. You will also need to pry the trim out of the leading edge of the headlight, as shown on third picture below.

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Step 3:

Remove two 10mm screws located on the lower portion of the headlight. These are easy to locate and you can use the same 10mm socket wrench to remove them. Please see the pictures below for the location of these screws.

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Step 4:

On the top of the headlight, towards the fender area, you will see a tab. You will need to lift up on the tab to be able to remove the headlight from the vehicle. Next step would be to remove the two electrical plugs from the back of the headlight. Please see the pictures below:

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For installation, just reverse the process shown above. Below you will see the completed look once the headlights are installed.

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