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Mercedes-Benz Hood Emblem Star Replacement

If you are not careful where you park, you may lose your Mercedes Benz hood ornament through theft. Please do not despair; we have compiled steps for replacing your Mercedes Benz hood emblem or ornament. In this guide, we will walk you through the replacement of a Mercedes Benz Hood Emblem.

What you will need

Tools

  • 12mm socket or open wrench
  • Plier

Parts

  • Mercedes Benz hood ornament/emblem

Procedure

How to install the hood ornament/emblem.

How to open a Mercedes Benz hood.

  1. Park the vehicle on safe and level ground.
  2. Open the driver’s side door to access the hood release lever.
  3. Find the hood release lever; usually, you can find the hood release lever below the dash near the footwell. It is mostly colored red. Once found, pull the release lever, then release. This action would free the hood from the latch.
  4. On A models, you need to lift the hood slightly to open it completely, find the hood safety lever, and push it up. You can now lift the hood. On S models, you have to lift the grill; a hood safety lever would come out, pull the lever out, and lift the hood.
  5. Most models have a built-in hood stay that supports the hood as you lift it, but in some models, there is separate hood support that you must manually place on the hood slot to help the hood in place.

How to remove Mercedes-Benz hood ornament / Emblem.

  1. Open the hood. See the section “How to open a Mercedes Benz hood” for instructions on opening a hood.
  2. If the old hood ornament is a flat type, please follow the instructions on removing a flat hood ornament.
  3. If the old hood ornament is a star ornament, please follow the procedures in the section “How to remove a Star hood ornament.”

How to remove a flat hood ornament.

  1. Open the hood. See the section “How to open a Mercedes-Benz hood” for instructions on opening a hood.
  2. Using a 12mm socket, loosen the hood ornament’s retaining nut.
  3. Turn a short metal locking mechanism so that it would slide off the hood slot when pushed up.
  4. Push the ornament up and pull it out.

How to remove a star hood ornament.

  1. Open the hood. See the section “How to open a Mercedes-Benz hood” for instructions on opening a hood.
  2. Use a plyer, grab a small metal piece of the ornament, and then turn it counterclockwise until it aligns with the guide on the hood. Wiggle it while pushing it up, then pull the emblem off the hood.

 How to install a star hood ornament.

  1.  Open the hood. See the section “How to open a Mercedes Benz hood” for instructions on opening a hood.
  2.  Grab a small piece of metal from the emblem using a plier, then turn the lock counterclockwise.
  3.  Position the emblem so that the Mercedes word is on top and Benz is at the bottom of the emblem.
  4.  Insert the emblem into the slot in the hood. Make sure that the hood guide and the emblem lock would align.
  5.  Please focus on the back of the hood, grab the emblem’s metal lock and turn it clockwise until it doesn’t turn anymore.

 How to install a flat hood ornament.

  1.  Open the hood. See the section “How to open a Mercedes-Benz hood” for instructions on opening a hood.
  2.  Loosen the emblem lock’s retaining nut using a 10mm socket.
  3.  Align the emblem so that one side of the star points straight up.
  4.  Align the emblem lock so it can be inserted into its slot on the hood.
  5.  Focus on the back of the hood, turn the emblem lock 90 degrees, and fasten the 12mm but using a socket or open wrench.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Mercedes Benz hood emblem cost?

  • The ornament could cost you as little as $40 for a 3rd party manufactured three-pointed star, $300 for an official replacement star from the dealership, and up to $1800 for a gold plated official star or $15,000 for a solid gold 18k gold star from a jeweler.

Why do people steal hood ornaments?

  • Thieves often watch for luxury brands or well-known nameplates; it takes them two seconds to pop off the emblem, and off they go. From there, the thieves can sell those emblems for a solid profit.

Can you replace a Star emblem with a flat emblem and vice versa?

  • Yes, you can do that; the hood slot is standard and can fit both flat and star emblems.

We hope you find the Mercedes-Benz Hood Emblem Star Replacement guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mercedes-Benz.

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