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Unable to open hard top on slk230 1999 mercedes benz

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  • rjvarady Aug 08, 2008

    I a have a 1998 Mercedes Benz SLK 230 in which the top will not come down. When the retractable roofs control switch is engages the trunk opens to receive the top and the windows go down but the retractable roof does not move off the windshield header. The control switch remains a steady red color. What could be the possible cause(s)?

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    Surprise, I bought the car new in '98.  Have only had the top down 3 to 10 times since I've had it.  Went to clean the back window, needless to say the top had to come down.  Wrong, had the same problem as you.  Did you ever find out what was wrong? 

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    1998 slk 230, my hard top won't go down. The light blinks red as it should, but nothing happens...the windows don't go down and the truck doesn't open....

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Another suggestion is that you need to have the code re-entered for the hardtop. I just had mine repaired due to a busted hydrolic hose, and the mechanic had a hard time getting it to work properly and ended up having to re-enter the codes.

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  • m2007j Jan 25, 2011

    The red light only blinks if something is wrong. most likely the retractable cover in trunk is not on. It should be steady red if it is working properly

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