Question Answered: need to replace hard top front actuator...leaking hydraulic fluid.
July 31, 2014, 06:42 PM
Call "TOPHYDRAULICS.COM and talk to them before you spend a Dime. They have video and instructions posted on DIY removal and installation of cylinders and you can also find valuable info videos on YouTube. Once they are rebuilt a good mechanic can reinstall for way less than a dealer if you don't want to do it yourself. Either way, it's cheaper than going to the dealer who will start calculating charges before your wheels clear his driveway.
Question Answered: I have a 1998 mercedes sl500 and the soft top won't go down and it's leaking oil
July 31, 2014, 06:31 PM
See my reply to Tom Johnson and check You Tube for Video on how too Manually get your Top Down and instructions on how to remove your Hydraulic Top Locks. I suggest you send them to "Top Hydraulics" for rebuild rather than trying to put new seals in yourself. Very cost effective. When done, drain olg fluid from reservoir under spare tire and put in MB Quality fluid.
Question Answered: my soft top will not unlatch above the windshield.
July 31, 2014, 06:19 PM
After installing my Hydraulic Top locks [rebuilt by TOPHYDRAULICS.COM for $55.00 EACH], I had the same problem. Raise the Top and remove the Strip Panel. GENTLY LIFT IT! ATTACHED UNDER THE BOTTOM OF THE STRIP is a Magnetic Sensor that should hang down by the wire as STRAIGHT DOWN AS POSSIBLE. Reattach the Panel. The Magnetic Sensor is what causes the Top to Lock. It is very sensitive to breakage so be careful. Did this procedure and Top Locks every time. I also saved $569.00 for EACH Hydraulic lock by having the old ones rebuilt with better seals. Turn around time was 3 days and shipping was like $6.00 [USPS "If it fits it ships Box"] and $10.00 for them to send back my locks. I'm One Happy Camper! Did the work myself . Took them off in 20 mins. Watched You Tube Video on how to do it. I'm no Mechanic but I could play one on TV. LOL! Good Luck. P.S. Don't forget to check your fluid . They also recommended same quality MB Fluid at a cheaper price than the $35.00 the dealer wanted. Ask about it.
Question Asked: Answer to leaking "Top Front Locking Cylinders" on 1995 R129SL500
June 05, 2014, 08:04 PM
Easy DIY fix. Google "TOP HYDRAULICS". Paid $55.00 each after sending in the ones I took off. Got back a set with better seals installed and droped cylinders back in above windshield. Saved Over $1,000 dealer wanted to charge. Instructions and Video on YouTube also.
Problem Reported: Hard/Soft Tops May Develop Problems Due to Age
September 15, 2010, 10:06 PM
As vehicles age, various problems may develop with the hard and soft tops. If problems are encountered, it would be recommended to have a technician familiar with these tops perform the diagnoses.