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Old 07-14-2001, 08:36 PM
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I own a 1996 C280( bought new) with 47,000 miles. I have a problem I never would have expected in a MB. The door panels have started to creak( best term I can come up with). They creak over small bumps, when I put my elbow on the armrest, moving the windows up and down, and sometimes for no reason at all. I feel like I'm riding around in old piece of junk. I, otherwise love this car. This is making me crazy. My first benz was a 1989 300E bought new and driven 7 yrs without this problem. Is there a fix? I'm very disappointed here.
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Old 07-14-2001, 09:18 PM
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Did you run a search on the forum for this, I seem to remember seeing a lot on this subject with the Cs.
Eric, 1983 500 SL
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Old 07-14-2001, 09:34 PM
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Door panels

Sorry--can't find any info on search--maybe I'm entering the wrong info? Thanks for your reply.
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Old 07-15-2001, 02:10 PM
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Try Vinylex

I had the same problem since purchasing my 1984 300SD. Granted, I don't have the same model as your C class, but perhaps my experience may prove useful.

I mentioned that I had a "creaking" sound when hitting bumps, and my independent shop suggested silicone grease at the bottom edge of the inside door panel. Remembering from previous posts here that Lexol Vinylex contained silicone, I decided to detail all of my MB-Tex interior using Vinylex and terry cloth towels and diaper type cloths. I treated the rubber weather strips, as well as the entire door skins, all over, using liberal amounts of Vinylex.

Anyway, the car seems much quieter overall, and the squeaking is 95% gone!! I can only assume that the Vinylex "fed" the dry vinyl, making it heavier, improving its sound insulating qualities, and getting rid of the squeak by adding some lubrication.

I would estimate that I used half the bottle of Vinylex, so don't be afraid to apply, and reapply, if it looks like you need to. Even if this doesn't cure your problem, your door skins will look better Nix this idea if your panels have leather or cloth on them, though...
Bob Roe
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73 Olds 88, 72 MB 280SE, 78 Datsun 280Z, 71 T-Bird, 72 Olds 88, 83 Nissan Sentra, 85 Sentra, 73 230.6, 91 Integra, 83 300SD, 91 Volvo 940GLE wagon, 84 300SD, 95 Subaru Legacy L wagon, 02 Mountaineer, 91 300TE, 08 Murano, 2007 R320CDI 4Matic 52K, some Hyundai, 2008 BMW 535xi wagon all gone... currently
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Old 07-15-2001, 05:38 PM
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My 560SEL does this, esp. in the winter. I wiped Lexol on the offending spots and that seemed do the trick for a few weeks. I've also heard of people using cross-country ski wax on plastic/rubber surfaces that are in contact.

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