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Thank you so much for any help, and I'll tell you why!
I was recently hit by an uninsured driver, passenger side, and I was not carrying comp & collision on my 2001 slk. I had paid it off years ago, and have never been involved in an accident. I just can't part with the car, and it's having 8k of repair work, out of pocket. I couldn't afford dealer prices, so I found a guy who says he can fix it, but he is not a Mercedes guy, but great at everything else.
I want to equip him with some possible scenarios. The top was having problems before the accident. Here's what would occur: the windows all go down, the top disengages from the windshield, the trunk begins to open, and then it sounds as though the motor just gives up. I don't try to put it down again after waiting, afraid it won't come back up. I wait and start the process to close, and it closes. I have already have one piston go, the oil leaked. Ruined the headliner/panneling and cost 1200.00 to replace. I would love to know bow to replace the piston, should another go. Also, my
Mechanic says the hydraulic fluid (bottle/tube?) seems to be empty, hoping that's the problem. Any info, advice, anything to help him, which will ultimately help me, I truly truly appreciate!
I would have to know more about your problem. However as the originator of this thread, I have learned that these issues aren't always as detrimental as we think they are. If I would've went to a mechanic I would expected to spend at least $3000, much of which would be spent on unnecessary items. I bought a kit on ebay for 23 dollars, bought a few tools, did some research, and spent a couple hours of day for a few days. Now my so called detrimental problem is fixed and has been working perfectly. It has been probably a year and a half and no more issues.
If you tell me more about your problem, I will do the research for you and give you any advice I can.
Just remember it isn't always necessary to spend huge amounts of money just to get our fine cars working as they should be. Sure we can do that, but it isn't always necessary, especially on these hardtop issues.
This forum has been great to me and I would be happy to return the good deed and advice that was given to me.