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Top will not raise
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1999 slk Mercedes Hydralic leak
The pumps rarely need replacing.
SLK top leaks are almost always caused by one (or more) of three hydraulic cylinders in a system of five cylinders. These three are the small latch cylinder located under the headliner, and the two larger cylinders that raise and lower the top located just behind both seats. The rod seals in all three are made using a proprietary material that is designed to break down over time. The other two cylinders in the system that raise and lower the trunk almost never go bad. This is because they are designed using the time tested Nitrile rubber O-rings, not the Novathan material that are in the other three.
Also, the SLK hardtop mechanical pivot points are notorious for needing to be greased every couple of years. When they stick, it seams as the pump does not have enough power to raise the top. Some times the pump gets blamed for symptoms that pertain to other problems.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
you will have to remove the seats in the back or go through the trunk on 2 seaters to access the motor to disconnect it. if you try to force it manually you will more than likely cause more damage............please rate
Posted on Sep 03, 2008
first thing I would try, disconnect the battery to the car for a minute, then reconnect it. that may correct your problem.
Posted on Aug 30, 2009
Testimonial: "Thank you so much! That was the fix no one (else) could give me on a Sunday. Now I need the code to unlock the stereo... I will check with Mercedes."
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