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Old 07-23-2003, 01:04 PM
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$53 for Sun Roof Lube?

I just called my MB dealer to ask about purchasing lubricant for my sticking sun roof and they want $53.00. The MB part number for the recommended lubricant is 001 989 46 51 for a small supply. After searching this forum and other MB forums, it looks like everyone else pays about $20 30ish for the lubricant.

Can someone tell me where else I might look to purchase the 001 989 46 51 sun roof lube?

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Russell
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Old 07-23-2003, 01:15 PM
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Contact gerorge_murphy@compuserve.com.

He will sell you a 35mm film canister fill for a couple of dollars - enough to last the rest of your lifetime. DIY pix on my site - Cars - Chassis section
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Old 07-23-2003, 01:31 PM
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$53!!

Are you nuts $53 !!! Even $20.

You mean to tell me that your local auto parts store has nothing comprable to the MB stuff to 'lube' the sun roof tracks. I'm a huge fan of sunroofs, had them in almost all of my vehicles(including half a dozen MB's)and have always kept the tracks clean and lubed with a bit of bearing grease-applied with a small brush or WD40, never had any problems, ever.

I know, MB is going to tell us that using anything else besides their 'Sun Roof Lube' that the tracks will fail and render the sunroof junk in a matter of months, right?

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Old 07-23-2003, 01:32 PM
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I got reamed at the dealer when I purchased the gasket sealant for the cam solenoid...$60 !

Yeah, find another outlet!
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Old 07-23-2003, 02:42 PM
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Wow .. thanks for the web link and email address.

You guys are great! I'm new to the MB forums and the information I have found here gives me insight into current and future problems/issues I might have with my 400SE.

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Russell
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Old 07-23-2003, 03:30 PM
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The dealer was probably quoting for a big tub - don't think they sell this in small packages. Plus the usual 200% mark-up of course.
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Old 07-23-2003, 06:06 PM
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For what it's worth, I bought the tub (about the size of a can of beens) for a little less, because I got a discount from my MB parts guy.
They asked me to open it up when I picked it up so they could see how it looked like. MB dealer obviously wasn't using it and I must have been the first who had bought it.
It looks a little bit like very fine translucent lard and it is good for anything that slides like door hinges, sliding windows etc. You can operate them with a broken finger...
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Old 07-23-2003, 06:55 PM
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Though I have no objective data for comparison, it also appears to be fairly resistant to picking up air borne dirt. I used to remove the s/r and clean the rails annually and now do so every two years - same climate, usage, etc., and I use the s/r every chance I get. Before switching 10 years ago, I was using heavy duty Valvoline EP grease.

Sounds like Reinhardt is using it on everything in sight...which is what happens when you get the 250 year supply!
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Old 07-24-2003, 05:05 PM
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Do not use bearing grease, lithium grease, etc on your sunroof.
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Old 07-24-2003, 05:11 PM
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I contacted Gerorge Murphy, at the below email address about purchasing a "small 35mm film canister" of the MB sun roof lube, but I haven't received a reply.

Does anyone else have any of the MB lube for sun roofs that they would like to sell?

Thanks,
Russell


gerorge_murphy@compuserve.com.

He will sell you a 35mm film canister fill for a couple of dollars - enough to last the rest of your lifetime. DIY pix on my site - Cars - Chassis section

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Old 07-24-2003, 05:40 PM
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So what exactly is the precious potion?
I have always used silicone grease on sunroof tracks.
No problems.

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Old 07-24-2003, 07:50 PM
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So what exactly is the precious potion?
I have always used silicone grease on sunroof tracks.
No problems.

-mr. cynical
From what i saw on the can at the dealer, it is composed of surfactants and glycerin. And the surfactant mix is a trade secret if the dealer wants $60 for it!
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Old 07-24-2003, 07:53 PM
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If I didn't have a supply of the MB sunroof grease my next choice would be silicone grease. I also use the sunroof grease on the window regulators whenever I take a door panel off for the first time.

If you have trouble finding a small economical quantity of this MB grease from Fastlane, George Murphy, or whoever then give Rusty a call (1-800-741-5252) as I'm sure he has it economically repacked in small containers.
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Old 07-24-2003, 08:26 PM
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The label mentions fatty acid esters and some other stuff I don't remember (I borrow the can my mechanic bought six or seven years ago when I need some). It's really almost a dry lubricant, and I suspect using anything else is a bad idea.

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Old 07-24-2003, 10:43 PM
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The last 2 digits in the part number indicates the size of the container when you are dealing with a MB supplied lubricant or other service product like this. i believe they just need to find out what number to use for a smaller tube of it, the $20 quantity. Maybe one of these guys can check out what the last 2 numbers are for the tube of it, usually it's a 10 or a 20.

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