How to Replace Rain/Light Sensor for Benz W204

If your Mercedes has the rain/light sensor for the windshield wipers and it starts acting up, changing out the sensor is quick and easy. The sensor is attached to the front windshield and can be replaced without removing the windshield.

Applies to : C350 (2007-14), SLK350 (2004-14), CLS350 (2004-14), CLK350 (2005-14), E350 (2005-14), S350 (2005-14), SL350 (2005-14), R350 (2006-14), ML350 (2006-14), Viano (2005-14), Sprinter (2006-14), CLC350 (2008-14), GLK350 (2008-12), C180 (2007-14), C200 (2007-14), C230 (2007-14), C250 (2007-14), C280 (2007-14), C300 (2007-14), C320 (2007-14)

Parts Required: Sensor

Hot Tip: Be careful working around the windshield

Performance Gain: Working rain and low light sensor

Complementary Modification: New wiper blades


The sensor determines rain by sending an infrared light from the transmitter in the sensor up into the windshield. If the windshield is clear almost all of the light will be reflected back to the sensor. If there is rain on the windshield then some of the light will be refracted and spread by the rain drops and cause a low light signal back to the sensor. The more rain the more light that gets dispersed. The low light is measured directly by the amount of light intensity falling on the sensor. Start by shutting off the car and removing the key from the ignition.

Exactly Steps : 

The sensor is located under a plastic protective cover behind the rear view mirror and attached to the windshield (red arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the cover off the mount attached to the windshield (red arrow)

This photo illustrates the plastic mount the cover is attached to (red arrows)

Use a small flathead screwdriver and release the plastic tab (red arrow) and pull the wiring connection from the sensor.

Using the small flathead screwdriver very carefully pry the two clips out (red arrow,one shown) that hold the sensor to the windshield.Gently remove the sensor.

This photo illustrates the windshield with the sensor removed so you can see what parts remain mounted to the glass (red arrow)

The two metal clips on the sensor are delicate (red arrows) so use care when removing and installing them.Installation is the reverse of removal.



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