Question about 1997 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes Benz Sl Class
I have a 97 SL00 and neither the soft nor hard tops will work now. the soft top is currently in the down position. When I operate the roof button I can hear the replay click so belive that it is working fine. One of the little lids/doors that opens where the steel soft top structure comes out, beside car door appears to be locked closed while the other can be freely opened by lifting. Im wondering if this is the problem is the locked one wont open then the softtp cannot come out. Also I tried to put the hardtop back on and it would not move into posiion either when the roof button is activated. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Something is keeping it from closing all the way? is the front of the roof up against the body? if so than the track is broken
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
tony i'm assuming you on about the little bar/plate about an inch wide which seems to rattle about when you open the door??? This is i suppose the check strap and it is designed to hold the door open while not letting the door go too far and become hingebound, bending the hinge and possible damaging the door panel. If it is making a clicking noise it may need a bit of lubrication as it will go over some kind of ball or ridghe to slow it down. If it is completely loose it may be catching something inside the door, possibly the window frame guide or the internal skin of the door. check the mounting bolts on the door post and in the resess on the door and tighten them up and lubricate the rod. You may need to remove internal door skin, window switches etc to get to it. what ever you do do not remove it altogether, as one day the wind may catch it and take the door right around 180 degree causing serious damage, they are not designed to stop the door completely and can stretch if the wind does catch it so check it for damage to as it could effect the door hinges later on
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
SOURCE: 1999 mercedez benz convertible will not start, door open with key, ignition will not turn over, light and radio works, thought it was batteries in key and change batteries, know key cannot open car do
!st by changing your remote batteries you need to resynchronize your key. I believe you place it in the ignition turn and then remove and press your unlock button. The procedure will be in you manual. It almost sounds to me that the linkage is out on your trans and the car is not all the way in park. Look under neath and see if your shift rod is dangling from your trans. Next if it is not try starting the car in neutral. A common failure for that era is the shift box which allows the vehicle to start. Another problem could be is that your parked on a hill and steering son't come unlocked if this is the case crank on your wheel hard to allow key to turn. If all else fails call M.B. roadside it should be free
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
I have seen this problem many times. One of your microswitches is either giving a false reading or fell of its retaining bracket. It is much easier to diagnose with a scan tool. My first guess would be that your retractable cover in the trunk lost it's switch input. Check the switch that is contacted when your cover is pulled out. If that is o.k. look inside the hard top deck lid cover very carefully and you will probably see either a broken wire or a loose switch. You may have to manually close your top becuse the switch inputs are illogical. Your manual will tell you how to close your roof.
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
the soft top module is receiving an illogical switch input. try retracting the top untill all the locks are secure. Make sure your roll bar operates o.k.. also only operate this top with the car running and the windows up. If it still won't work I would suggest having the car scanned for codes. You can try disconnecting the negative cable on the battery and secring the top manually and see if reconnecting neg. will clear the memmory.
Posted on Aug 02, 2009
This symptom almost always points to a mechanical issue, not an electrical one. The SLK hardtop is notorious for needing to be lubricated every couple of years. Here is a link with directions and photos:
Sticking joints are the most common culprit to intermittent raising and lowering problems. Once those have been lubricated and that has been checked off the list, then look into electrical issues. Remember, you don't rebuild an engine that has only ran out of gas. The switch that is triggered by pulling back the partition separator is likely not the issue. If this switch is faulty, it will not even let the pump run to open the trunk. In order for that switch to be the problem, the switch would need to be shorting out AFTER the trunk lid opens. But that still also means the pump would be stopped and no longer be heard.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
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