My progress in renewing some of these parts seems to be not in a straight line, but I am getting there
(see my post on installing the trunk latch)
Reading about Klaus' products I wanted to see if I could spot any leakng cylinders - so I stopped the soft top retraction half way (while the lid was up) to see what I could see. (the 4 visible cylinders looked fine).
But stopping the retraction half way was a BIG mistake. The red light on the switch stayed on (I know it has never happened to anyone else here) ;-)
Anyway, tried disconnecting the negative ground - reconnecting it - did not help.
Re-synct'ed the windows - windows are fine.
Called my friend Ernie who has a Mercedes shop - and he suggested something I have never found here (knowing the depth of stuff in the archives it may very well be here but I haven't found it).
Ernie said that sometimes all these micro switches will get out of sync (a perfect scenario since I stopped the thing in mid cycle)
So, what he suggested is to MANUALLY retract the top . Then restart it with the switch (when switches should be in sync).
This would have worked (at least the top was coming up and the switch was initially clear before use) - but apparently when I turned the allen bolts (releasing the front of the top) - they should apparently have been in another position because I heard a noise up in the pillar - and then the thing stopped.
The light continues to remain out but the top will not move (I retracted it manually back down).
1. Anyone know where these allen bolts are supposed to be set when you go back to powered operation (the owners manual does not seem to address this - just showing you how to pull the top up manually).
I will try a few things tomorrow in sequence before throwing in the towel and seeing Ernie - but wondered if anyone had gone down this path.
Man - these cars are temperamental but fun to drive - have gotten many compliments on it.
If I had had those allen bolts by the visors (perhaps since we see just a head I would call it an adjustor?) - if I had then set in the proper position I probably would have been fine.
But retracting the roof manually can help in some situations.
I will use Klaus as soon as I need some cylinder rebuilds.