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I have a 2001 slk320. The roof goes up and down fine, but all of a sudden, I couldn't close the trunk. A male friend noticed that the two things that should connect, one on the trunk lid and one on the lip of the trunk on the car, weren't aligned. How could this happen? Also, he got the trunk closed by slamming it down and pushing toward an alignment and it did close. He tried to teach me the trick, but I didn't have the strength (I'm a 79-year old woman). So now I just never go into the trunk, which makes grocery shopping difficult. Anybody had this problem with closing the trunk? Thanks. Carolyn Banks, Bastrop, TX.
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Hi Carolyn!

are we related?

you are going to need someone to adjust it.

if you can show us a picture of the 2 'parts' not lined up, maybe we can assist
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I have a 2001 slk320. The roof goes up and down fine, but all of a sudden, I couldn't close the trunk. A male friend noticed that the two things that should connect, one on the trunk lid and one on the lip of the trunk on the car, weren't aligned. How could this happen? Also, he got the trunk closed by slamming it down and pushing toward an alignment and it did close. He tried to teach me the trick, but I didn't have the strength (I'm a 79-year old woman). So now I just never go into the trunk, which makes grocery shopping difficult. Anybody had this problem with closing the trunk? Thanks. Carolyn Banks, Bastrop, TX.
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In order to take a picture, I would have to open the trunk, which means I couldn't close it until my friend Jeff was here to do that. Next time he's here (he comes fairly often), I will try taking a picture. By the way, are there instructions somewhere about the various places a person can post? I find this message system really daunting! Thanks for your help.
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In order to take a picture, I would have to open the trunk, which means I couldn't close it until my friend Jeff was here to do that. Next time he's here (he comes fairly often), I will try taking a picture. By the way, are there instructions somewhere about the various places a person can post? I find this message system really daunting! Thanks for your help.
Well I am Jeff and the commute is killing me

if you are on a pc and not on a phone, you need to switch to the blue view for easier viewing and posting

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you have a r170 1996-2004

so the majority of your posts/questions will be in this section

the r170 general discussion section

if you post in the wrong place, we will move it for you n let you know

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The part that won't align is not numbered in this diagram. It is the little clip between 20 and 70 on the bottom and the corresponding part (not shown) on the top. Weird, huh?
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your younger relative means the latch and catch are not aligning methinks
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Carolyn has a 2001 FaceLift SLK so that rod as shown above isn't present on hers. The FL has a skinny rod that goes straight up from catch to latch and the lock in turn prevents the rod mechanism from working but as she can open the bootlid I don't think that that's the issue.

More than likely to be a striker plate issue, not had this myself but a search pulls up quite a few threads relating to this:

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Stripped mine to a certain extent so that I could respray the bootlid less than a month ago, how it goes together is still reasonably fresh in the memory
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trunk latch

I appreciate the response that my question garnered. I took my car to the Mercedes dealer in Austin and they fiddled around with the trunk open and screwed and unscrewed stuff on the underside of the trunk lid. This was the very thin hingelike stuff you see with the trunk open. Eventually they were able to get it right. It took about twenty minutes and now it works all the time. Thanks to all of you who responded. Carolyn
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