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SLK Roof won't open

I have a 1999 SLK 230 with a non-working convertible top. It worked fine for a few years (I've had it since Jan 2000), then it got to the point where when car sat in sun all day, the hardtop wouldn’t open until it cooled off. About a year ago, the top stopped unlatching period with use of the button. Once the top is open, however, it will open and close that day with use of the button but it won’t open the next day after being closed all night.

Detailed description of the problem: Press button, trunk opens, windows roll down, button stays lit (no flashing), hardtop will not unlatch from windshield. I don't hear any clicking sounds, but not sure if I should. The sound of the trunk motor mechanics don't change, despite the lack of unlatching. If I release the button, get out of the car, firmly bump the hardtop near the glass on the passenger side, then press the button again, the lid retracts okay. One mechanic lubed the windshield latches several times, and it didn't solve the problem. A different mechanic replaced a switch in the trunk, claiming the connection was bad, but it didn't solve the problem. It seems like the problem is in the windshield latch mechanism but I certainly am not a mechanic. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a mechanic who has run into this problem. Any suggestions?
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Try posting this in the dedicated SLK forum, maybe other members with your same car will have solved this problem already. Good luck! R170 SLK Class - - Mercedes-Benz Discussion Forum


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