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SL5000 convertible oil leaks at sun visor.

Hello! A new member and 1st time owner of Mercedes-Benz: 1996 SL500.

I noticed a recent problem. Oil is leaking from the molding at the right side sun visor mount. Is the convertible/hardtop locking mechanish hydraulic? I cannot imagine, otherwise, what could produce such a leak.

I have removed the sun visor & do not see any obvious source for an oil leak. It appears that when I operate the top release mechanism that the leak presents itself. From the smell, it smells like 3-in-one-oil and is a very clear and low viscosity oil.

Any help here? Thanks
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Yes, the top mechanism is hydraulic. The windshield header latches are operated by hydraulic cylinders. That is what is leaking. The seals go bad in the hydraulic cylinders and leak hydraulic fluid which drips from the header molding. If you go to the R129 Forum, you can find stickies that describe the fix.

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