Top Cylinder Gurus Wanted - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

SLK R170 General Discussion SLK 200, SLK 230K, SLK 320, SLK32 AMG

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 03-25-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Greenville SC
Vehicle: 2008 E320 Bluetec(sold 11/14), 2001 SLK 320, 2013 E350
Other Toys: 1972 MGB, 2004 Volvo V70
Posts: 287
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 37 Times in 33 Posts
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Question Top Cylinder Gurus Wanted

I recently purchased 2001 SLK320 (low mileage Snowbird car). I was checking all the functions and noted that the right trunk lift cylinder leaked. The temperature was high 40's F and I suspect the top had not been used recently. I have cycled the top several times since and no leaks or drips. Is it possible that the low temp caused contraction of the seal and/or lack of use was not lubricating the seal? Fluid level in pump is in normal range and I can not find any evidence of past leaks.Opinions wanted. Thanks
CarolinaBluetec is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 03-25-2013
Registered Users

 
Gbarringer100's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Little River, SC
Vehicle: 2013 SLK250
Other Toys: 2016 GLA250
Posts: 2,319
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
Thanks: 12
Thanked 404 Times in 350 Posts
Garage
Got to ask, are you sure it was oil from the cylinder and not something else. Leaks like this is sometimes caused by low use (low miles). You will need to watch this and other items that have dried or froze due to no or low use if you start using them every day. Had this to happen to a car a bought years ago thing went bad due to low use. A member of our group had these type of problems with a very low miles car he bought. A tech at the dealer warned him that he would have a lot of expense due to low miles.

Wish you good luck with your new purchase.
Gbarringer100 is offline  
#3 Old 03-25-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Greenville SC
Vehicle: 2008 E320 Bluetec(sold 11/14), 2001 SLK 320, 2013 E350
Other Toys: 1972 MGB, 2004 Volvo V70
Posts: 287
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 37 Times in 33 Posts
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Yes, it definitely was the cylinder, i could see it on cylinder ram and directly below on plastic trim panel in trunk. Have been slowly inspecting top and trunk seals, hoses, belt, etc. for cracks and leaks.
CarolinaBluetec is offline  
 
#4 Old 03-25-2013
Premium Member
 
leapyfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Vehicle: Daily driver 1998 SLK230 243,xxx miles
Posts: 3,505
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Thanks: 960
Thanked 527 Times in 415 Posts
Garage
One leaking hydraulic cylinder is a warning!
You should rebuild or replace the 5 cylinders before they fail.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Vario roof
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
&
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

R170 & R171
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
SLK 230 320 32AMG
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
&
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
leapyfish is offline  
#5 Old 03-25-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Greenville SC
Vehicle: 2008 E320 Bluetec(sold 11/14), 2001 SLK 320, 2013 E350
Other Toys: 1972 MGB, 2004 Volvo V70
Posts: 287
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 37 Times in 33 Posts
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Thanks for the advice. I will pull the the trigger when the time comes. But the point of the thread was that it is not leaking any more. Has anyone had a similar experience?
CarolinaBluetec is offline  
#6 Old 03-25-2013
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Houston, TX
Vehicle: Mercedes SLK 230 2003
Posts: 1,613
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Thanks: 226
Thanked 379 Times in 265 Posts
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolinaBluetec View Post
Thanks for the advice. I will pull the the trigger when the time comes. But the point of the thread was that it is not leaking any more. Has anyone had a similar experience?
That really sounds strange... Usually the top locking cylinder starts leaking first and ruins the headliner. The rubber rings inside the cylinder just crack and become less flexible and oil starts dripping through these cracks. Take a look at the last two pictures in this thread:
https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-cla...tml#post337117
My best guess is that you had a crack and then some piece chipped out and closed the void... Just keep an eagle eye on it every time you operate the roof and watch for leak!
JaysonM is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > Mercedes Benz R170 SLK Class Cars > SLK R170 General Discussion

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Some tips and tricks for convertible top cylinder rebuilds Arachnyd SLK R170 class DIY 58 08-25-2018 08:37 AM
Will a Smart top work on my car? simplyslk SLK R170 General Discussion 29 04-01-2012 01:02 PM
Top won't go up--What to do. ribslk SLK R171 General Discussion 3 03-26-2012 01:45 AM
BBC's U.S version of Top Gear alroumi Off Topic 3 02-02-2008 11:57 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.