Install Splash Guards on Mercedes C300 – No Drill Splash Guards – Mercedes Mud Flaps Installation

Install Splash Guards on Mercedes C300 – No Drill Splash Guards – Mercedes Mud Flaps Installation


Splash guards are not only functional but
they add a bit of subtle styling to a vehicle. And today I’m going to have you follow along
with me as I install a set of front and rear splash guards to my 2015 Mercedes C300. And I’m going to do the installation without
removing the wheels and no drilling. And when you’re ordering your splash guards
be sure to check to see if the product fits your vehicle. Even the different trim levels of the same
vehicle will have slightly different body contours. So be sure to check the item before you place
your order. These are imitation products so they’re
not genuine Mercedes parts and they’re mounted through these holes to the fender of the car. Even though this is a not an official part
it fits the contours in the quarter panel. The kit also comes with screws and fasteners
but I ended up not using them. If you have trim removal tools they’ll definitely
come in handy. Before installing I’m adding an additional
step of sticking on a piece of clear vinyl behind the wheel. I’m doing this to protect the paint from
micro-scratches when the splash guard rubs against the finish. I’ve seen this technique used by car manufacturers
to keep parts of the car body from getting rock chips or scratches. To measure the curve of the wheel, I used
a piece of tin foil to wrap around the curve to get the shape I needed to cut. I ended up buying a 15 foot roll of clear
vinyl but didn’t need to use very much of it. And when the air bubbles are worked out you’ll
barely notice that the vinyl is there. Just remember to remove the top protective
plastic when you’re done and repeat on all four fenders. Ok so on the front turn the wheel so there’s
more room to work with. Here you’ll see two plastic fasteners that
need to be popped out. The center pin also needs to be pulled out
before the main plug can come out. You can use a screwdriver to get things loose
here but then I used a trim removal tool to get the plastic plug out. Now I’ll dry fit the front splash guard
onto the fender. At the top, there’s a tab that will hook
onto the body of the car when it’s in place. I can see that all the holes are perfectly
lined up even though this is an imitation product. And here you can see how the clear vinyl is
going to protect my paint from grains of sand. Now take the plastic plugs and push them back
into the holes where we took them out. With a little pressure these will go back
in really easily. Once the plugs are in insert the center pins
into the plugs and to lock everything in place. Now I didn’t use the included screws because
these holes were larger than the screws and I couldn’t get behind the fender to use
the metal fasteners. One thing about the front is that the hole
on the bottom didn’t line up with the big plastic plug under the car. So for now the bottom isn’t connected. But the front splash guard feels pretty secure
with the fasteners that I did use. Now let’s move onto the rear wheel. Again there are going to be two plastic fasteners
that will need to be removed. There’s one towards the top and one at the
bottom. Popping these out at the back wheel is a bit
more difficult just because there’s not much room to work back here. But if you’re working your tools at the
right angles it won’t be too hard to pop them out. Just be patient when removing these plastic
plugs. You don’t want to break them so using a
trim removal tool will help put equal pressure on the head. There’s also a bolt under the fender that
will have to come out and this one helps secure the bottom of the splash guard. For this I’ll use a 10mm socket. Again I’ll dry fit the splash guard and
make sure all the holes line up. As mentioned before, these are made specific
to this vehicle so the contours line up with the body lines. Now just take the plastic plugs and put them
back into the holes in the fender. And again I didn’t use the included screws
because I didn’t really find any place I could use them on the C300. Maybe I could’ve gotten under the rubber
behind the fender but to me it didn’t seem like the included screws would work so I just
ended up using the plastic fasteners that I originally removed. Here you can see a snug fit and how the vinyl
I applied earlier will protect my paint. The last thing to do is to screw in the bolt
at the bottom. I’m glad the hole for the rear splash guards
lined up for a really secure fit unlike the holes for the fronts. But I’ll have to figure out some kind of
solution for the front one of these days. They’re pretty secure and I don’t think
they’re going to go anywhere. Once the installation is finished it really
adds a finishing touch to the vehicle! They’re a really subtle styling feature
and helps keep some debris from hitting the paint on the car. On the front you have full range of steering
without the tire rubbing the splash guard. As you could see these splash guards were
really easy to install and they only cost my $50. If you were to buy the official Mercedes brand
parts, they’d cost about $200 bucks. The nice part was that I didn’t have to
drill, jack up the car or remove the wheel to install these splash guards. This is easily a 1 hour job if you don’t
do the clear vinyl like I did. If this video was helpful please give me a
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