BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jun 2014
Vehicle: 1977 280 se
Location: perth, australia
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Hi there Mike,
The striker plate is the lump on the door frame bolted to the " B " pillar on my jalopy with 4 allen headed screws. It looks like it is made from galvanized steel, and has a rubber tube contained in it - into which the steel prong from the lock locates.
In this piece of German wonder is a small nylon locating piece, and on my car that was what had hardened and crumbled - preventing the lock from latching closed.
Replacement is the only fix - and as I mentioned before the cost for such a thing from a dealer is silly money.
Yes we do have a specialist wrecker of Mercs here _ I will send you their details by e-mail, so I'm not seen as toting for business for them. I have no direct interest in the firm, but can assure you they are really genned up.
As for the routing of the tubes for the central locks, on my car there is a moulded plastic thingy under the rear parcel shelf - that may or may not be associated with the locks, I cannot see what else it would do though.
My locks only work on the passenger back door, and then it does not lock shut - it only opens.
The bellowy things I have found at the bottom of the doors, held in place by two self tappers, I think they are fixable with new bellows. As to where the system sources its vacuum from I have no idea. I should think from the inlet manifold somewhere or the other. I would think that leaks are a common problem with such a Heath Robinson system.
Hope it helps.