Join Date: May 2016
Location: Selkirk, Scottish Borders, UK
Vehicle: SLK230 - year 1999
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Many thanks for all your welcome messages. I've updated my profile now, to show that I have a 1999 model SLK230. No pictures to post, as it is not looking very good right now. Needs a coupla dings on the bonnet sorted out, and rust along the wing edges & seams. I managed to get the K40 relay board re-soldered, which cured the intermittent starting problem.
Next I want to get the interior courtesy light working again, and I have read that the PSE unit in the boot (trunk) may be the problem. It doesn't seem to have suffered from water inside the module, but the electrical connectors are looking a bit 'green' & corroded. Anywayz, I removed the module to take indoors to check & clean the PCB. Locked the car doors manually with the blade key in the driver's door - then shut the boot lid (which locked automatically, it seems.)
When I went to open the boot to clean the female connectors and then replace the PSE module, the key doesn't seem to go all the way in, and of course it doesn't turn. I've tried WD40, but no go. The car drives OK., so I thought "No problemo" - I'll just partially lower the roof, so that the boot lid opens 'backwards,' and then I'll replace the PSE from there. HOWEVER - I left the luggage partition cover retracted, didn't I ? So I can hear the pump working, but the roof won't move !
The stage I have got to now is that I was reading a thread here where one member reckoned that there's a wire under the bonnet which will 'kid' the PSE into thinking that the luggage partition switch (S69/10) is closed, if I can find the correct wire and then short it to the chassis. I now need to revisit that thread - and probably use the search here to find out some more about this 'fabled' magic wire !
If any of youse guys can steer me closer, I'd be obliged.
One day - when I've got this fixed and got the bonnet and wings sorted - I'll overcome my shyness and post up a coupla pics !!!