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04 clk55 cabrio top concerns

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My adventure with my newly acquired 55 continues, (breather/valve cover leak, center vent thumbwheel failure) and now after lowering/raising the top
for the first time yesterday some concerns, Opening the trunk this morning there is a rubber washer/seal that is in pieces from dry rot. Then I notice the
material top is not quite tucked cleanly under the black surround of the glass, it is sticking out a bit. After a little fuss I slide/tuck it in and notice there is some
give and resistance, almost like there is a rubber seal/surround that is in the fabric and would tightly hold like an elastic strap. Does anyone think this is normal
and happens occasionally?
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The material around the rear windshield is called the "water bag". You can see it as the rear glass raises during open/close. There is s series of elastic straps that connect to that back of the water bag and the canvas. It sounds like one of those has broken. These are attached to the frame with rivets. They are not easy to access, either.

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Thanks, is it something I can live with, just keeping an eye on it and tucking in as I need it or should I address the issue with a repair?
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I think I'd fix it. If you are good with mechanical things, you may be able to find the broken strap and fix it yourself. If not, I'd find a reputable trim shop that does convertible top work. If they tell you it requires more than re-riveting an elastic strap, then go elsewhere.

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Hi rudeney, something similar is happening to my buddy's A209, unfortunately. He's not too concerned with it as it's his weekend car for nice weather only. For my own education, what is the function of the water bag? Does it, as name would imply, prevent water from leaking inside the cabin around the rear screen?

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The water bag is for keeping water out from between the rear glass and the canvas that forms the C-pillar. It's necessary in the CLK so that the rear glass can tilt up to allow the soft top cover to open and close. It unfolds as the glass tilts up, then the elastic straps attached to the back of it pull it back in when the glass tilts back down.

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You're awesome Rodney, thank you for the explanation - I learn something every time we interact!
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this is what is happening with my top; the canvas tends to "pile up" against the drivers side black outside window surround. I can
wrestle and push and manipulate and tuck the canvas in under the surround. This video shows a cable system of sorts. Looks like
a complicated repair.
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That doesn't look good and it would appear that the cable / linkages need some attention. I'd have a look at WIS first before messing with it.
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The tension cable is either broken or dislodged. You can get to it without any serious work. See the WIS doc:


http://benzbits.com/w209/soft_top/Canvas.pdf

It's though step 8 on page 7.
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