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Old 11-27-2003, 06:42 PM
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Lubricating sunroof

I know that you are supposed to use a "special" paste for this, but regardless of that, exactly what is it you are supposed to lube. The sunroof on my '87TD opens slowly sometimes and other times it moves along quickly. Does anyone know where the lube is supposed to go and can I use something else like white lithium grease?
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Old 11-27-2003, 07:13 PM
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Use this, not grease:http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2445534027&category=42605 Goes into the channel right under the chrome strip.
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Old 11-27-2003, 10:09 PM
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The Mercedes dealer I used to get my parts from use a spray from Audi on sunroofs. I personally use Gleitpaste which I bought for $22/can some time ago.

Gleitpaste is amazing stuff that will fix a lot of problems around the house.
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Old 11-28-2003, 09:54 AM
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Tell me what you learn at the party Sunday.

I have manual for the 190E (201), I believe there is a section describing lubrication of the sunroof. I seem to recall there are parts to remove.

Please help me remember to bring it Sunday.

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Bill, I see you have this great website. There is alot more "traffic" on this versus the MBCA website.
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Old 11-28-2003, 05:00 PM
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You can also buy a sunroof kit for repair/maintenance online from Mercedes Source at:
http://www.**************.com/

They provide you with quality OEM products supplemented with great step by step instructions.
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Old 11-28-2003, 07:01 PM
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To properly lube the sunroof you need to remove it and lube not only the slides as mentioned above but also the teleflex cable that runs back to the motor. The ************** kit has a brush on a cable to clean the tube that the teleflex cable runs in . The teleflex cable binding or sticking is what causes the slow movement of the sunroof when ambient temps are low and normal movement when it warms up.
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Old 11-29-2003, 07:24 PM
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Unfortunately the ************** kit apparently does not work for the W124 and other more recent sunrooves (sp?) with the tilt feature. To take one of those apart for cleaning is a pretty big, and, I'm told, persnickety job requiring special tools.
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Old 11-29-2003, 09:53 PM
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The kit will work on the 124 Steve , the instructions won't unfortunately , but the 124 CD has a section on servicing the tilt/sliding roof. I haven't had to do the 124 but it can't be that much harder than the 123.
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Old 11-30-2003, 07:31 PM
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How about risks with the slow sunroof, can something break because of the resistance, the motor burn or so? Or is it OK to run anyway?
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Sticky sunroof can cause the motor to get hot and burn out, but before that happens the teleflex cable will probably get all bent out of shape and pop out of the cable tube, and then the roof will not close properly.

Taking the roof apart is not terribly difficult, getting it back together properly aligned is a different matter. I would try lubing the sliding rails (top and bottom) with the roof in the car, and see if that helps. The chrome strips covering the rails can be easily removed by unscrewing the phillips screws ONLY. (the non-phillips are height adjustment, at least on the W124)
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Old 12-01-2003, 10:33 AM
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I lube the rails on my 300E twice a year. If I let it go the roof starts to bind. Lubing the rails have always cured the problem as it did with my '84 190D.
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