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greyhoundj 11-22-2009 08:56 AM

Hood Release Leaver
Hi Everyone,
The hood release leaver on my '98 sl500 will not return to the locked position. I have to return it by hand. Can any one tell me if there are springs either in the leaver or at the two front locks. I have lubed the cable and locks, but has made no difference. All my other domestic cars have springs to return the hood release to it's locked position. I can't see anything to do this on my Benz.Any help would be greatfully appreciated.


tugboat 12-03-2009 07:40 PM

My 74 450 sl had the same problem,the cable route was not very straight,kind of wavy,so any debris along the cable would slow up the return action. I very carefully removed the out side rubber like covering in several places about an inch or so long. Sprayed in a derust chemical and worked the cable back and forth many times ,repeating the chemical addition,It took a while for the chemical to run the lenght of the cable but after a couple of days the cable was free and returns back as it should.

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