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Old 04-10-2002, 04:51 PM
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Hydraulic leak above visor

I have a hydraulic leak above the driver's side visor...probably comming from something to do with latching the top. Any ideas?

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Old 04-10-2002, 06:42 PM
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I wonder what kind of car it is.
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Old 04-10-2002, 06:55 PM
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I am guessing this is an sl 129 body style . I have seen the hydraulic actuators leak as well as the lines going to them. You will have to pull the panel above the windshield ( where the top sets in ) and go from there.
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Old 04-10-2002, 09:16 PM
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Definitely the locking hydraulic cylinders. I've seen many leak due to old contaminated fluid. They are usually the first ones to go south. I don't want to scare you, but when those leak the others cylinders are not too far behind.
It's a good idea to change fluid in these systems every 2-3 years.

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Old 04-11-2002, 10:57 PM
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Thank you, this is a 129 body (91 300SL). I have inquired as to the cost to replace the cylinder and it seems to be upwards of $300 that seem right?

I will also look into change the fluid as well

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 04-11-2002, 11:29 PM
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That is a very high estimate for the front locking cylinders (129-800-16-72). I think the cost is about $115 each. Shouldn't take more than an hour to change both.


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Old 04-13-2002, 06:54 PM
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Thank you, I'll do some looking around. Do you have any suggestions where to look on the internet...I'm in Hawaii and the availability here is limited.

Thanks again.
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