1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Q&A

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Question: Hydraulic for convertable top

Hydraulic oil leaking from top of drivers side windshield in frame. Now top will not go up or down Any idea what this would cost to have fixed? -
Answer 1
It's very hard to estimate a repair until a repair is determined. You're looking at 1-2 hours to diagnose the leak, perhaps less for an experienced Mercedes shop that deals with these all the time. -
Answer 2
My local MB dealer just replaced both locking cylinders bled the system and topped off the fluid for a bit over $730. Also replaced the center mag sensor. I found a repair process on line but don't have the time to do the work myself. My -
Comment 1
Thank you there are telling me about $1,000.00 to do both, but only one side is leaking? There say you should do both at the same time? -
Comment 2
there is a guy in kansas that can fix all (12) of your cylinders for less with a warranty -- do not go to a dealer!!!! -
Answer 3
The dealer quoted me $3,000 for this job. I said to hell with that and had the parts service tech print up the diagram of the parts. It turned out to be the seal of the one of the convertible top pumps located at the visor. I disassembled and replaced the part for approximately $500.00 the next year the other side went out and I did the same thing. Not rocket science! -
Comment 1
I have a 2000 jag xk8 convertible its leaking oil above center of windshield ....could this be the same thing you had? -
Answer 4
there is an hydraulic cylynder that is attached to the roof top lock mechanism for the left and r/side lock assembly. rec. to replace both lock cylynders for the other side is sure to fail. -
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