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Old 08-17-2002, 02:45 PM
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SL 129 Hard Top

HELP!!! Only the 2 rear pins are releasing our 1990 300SL hard top - the front 2 won't budge! New problem - it has always worked before. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks, Craig
90 300SL Pearl Gray
92 300CE Smoke Silver
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Old 08-18-2002, 11:36 AM
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According to M.B. Doc...

"The front lock elements... is the cause of most hyrdaulic R129 soft top problems!" See This topic comes up alot on the SL forum>>>. You can do some basic troubleshooting which may confirm the front lock elements are the source of your trouble. I have the diagnostic manual for the convertible top system and can assist you if you like.
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Old 08-18-2002, 02:40 PM
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There is a way to release them by hand. Read your owner's manual. It is all there.
Donnie Drummonds
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Old 08-19-2002, 01:22 PM
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Craig, try to release the top when the weather and the car are cool, this seems to make a difference on my car. Otherwise, you can use the supplied allen wrench (or equivalent) to unlatch the bow locks by hand. Eli.
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