In this DIY, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to change the catalytic converter on a Mercedes-Benz. 

While the pictures in this guide are from an S-Class, these instructions will help you learn how to change a catalytic converter on  Mercedes-Benz  C, E, CLK, CLS, GL, ML, GLK, and other models required with V8, V8, and V12 engines. 

What you will need

Procedure

Allow it the car to cool down. The exhaust system can get very hot and may remain hot even after the engine cools down.  Jack up the vehicle front and back on the side that you will be changing the catalytic converter. Make sure to secure the vehicle with jack stands. Set the parking brakes and block the wheels on the opposite side. Do not get under a vehicle that is not secured with jack stands. 

  1. Remove all the splash shield from under the engine. The splash shield is held in place with several 8mm screws. mb cat catalytic converter removal diy e c s clk cls gl ml r g class
  2. Disconnect both oxygen sensors cables. We were able to disconnect both the upstream and downstream from the top. In some cases, it is easier to disconnect the downstream from under the car. Catalytic converter oxygen sensor connector
  3. Spray penetrating oil on the bracket at the middle of the vehicle and let it penetrate the bolt for at least 15 minutes or longer. Loosen the nut using an E10 socket and slide the bracket off.  mercedes Catalytic converter bracket
  4. Remove two 10mm nuts. Mercedes catalytic converter bracketRemove the bracket from the car. bracket cat converter

     

  5. Remove the two 13mm bolts at the flange above the catalytic converter.cat converter wrench The upper bolt was easier to remove from above the engine. mercedes cat converter bolt removalThe lower bolt we were able to remove from under the vehicle. To access it we had to use a couple of 8" ratchet wrench extensions. 
  6. Carefully lower the catalytic converter and remove it from the vehicle.mb rubber grometYou may have to remove the oxygen sensors to make room to pull down the old catalytic converter.mb cat converter In this S-Class, we were able to remove the passenger catalytic convert with the oxygen sensors still attached. Once you have the catlatyci converter off the vehicle it is a lot easier to remove the oxygen sensors. 
  7. Reinstall the catalytic converter in reverse order. 

Replacing a Mercedes cat converter is relatively easy. The main challenge is when a bolt refuses to come off and that happens quite a bit. What we have found to be very helpful is to spray penetrating oil on the bolts that need to be removed a couple of times the night before you plan on replacing the caltyatic converter. 

If you have a new OEM catalytic converter the procedure is very straight forward and can be completed in your driveway. Just make sure to secure the vehicle with jack stands as you will spend quite a bit of time under the car. 

When it comes to installing a universal catalytic converter, it may be better to leave it to the professionals. Installing a universal cataltyci converter may require cutting the old cat converter and welding. We would recommend finding a muffler shop in your area and have the install the catlatyic converter. We have installed universal cataltyic converters on Mercedes-Benz in the past and they performed just as well as the OEM cat. 

Mercedes Catalytic Converter Replacement Cost

The average cost to replace the catalytic converter at a Mercedes-Benz dealership is around $1400-$1800.

A less expensive alternative is to find a muffler shop that will install a universal catalytic converter. The cost to install a universal catalytic converter ranges between $400 and $800. A universal catalytic converter works the same as the OEM cat converter and all the oxygen sensors still work properly.