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Good morning. I recently purchased my 2000 SL500. One reason that I chose this specific car was because the canvas top was brand new and the hydraulics had been rebuilt/replaced. Well 3 weeks later and the driveway has a few unsightly hydraulic oil spots. I looked under the car and on the left/drivers side in front of the rear wheel is the usual culprit. Hydraulic oil is leaking from right where the jack goes and also it seems that it's leaking where the rubber drain is which is a little further forward from the jack point.

I'm going to order through top hydraulics like I have in the past. Looking on the site I'm not sure exactly which cylinders that I need. Does anyone know what cylinder(s) I'll need? Since the cylinders were rebuilt/replaced (supposedly) I don't really want to jump the gun and order all 11 as the labor is a lot of money. I did check inside the trunk and there isn't any hydraulic oil leaking into the trunk.

On a separate note, is it possible that a connection isn't tight as it's a slow leak. My 91 when these went bad, just dumped the fluid out.
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The TH site includes inspection as well as which puddle matches which cylinder.
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thank you. I looked in the DIY section and it shows all of the locations for the cylinders, but I'm not seeing where there is a puddle guide.
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Click on each of the respective cylinders to determine if they are leaking and where the puddle is likely to appear.

https://www.tophydraulics.com/conten...benz-r129-info
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Hi Kindle, we also carry a variety of top cylinders: https://www.autohausaz.com/catalog/c...der?s=d&page=1

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If you're really at a loss to figure it out drop Klaus an email or call.

And don't forget when you buy from Top Hydraulics you're dealing with someone who has direct knowledge of the system you're working on, and will gladly provide assistance over the phone or via email at no additional charge.

Klaus is often a contributor to this forum during his off season.

His willingness to help me get my top latches properly adjusted after I installed them made the difference between me fumbling around for a couple of hours to spending about five minutes on the phone with him and having them work flawlessly ever since.

The level of support Klaus provides is second to none.
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...The level of support Klaus provides is second to none.
I'd agree - not a bit of trouble to my top since I did it last year - and that thing is always going up or down.

I'm going to drive up the OR coast in a couple of weeks and may just drop by to say hello...and thanks.

It's a beautiful drive and Florence is right on the ocean.
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Operate the soft top and stop it when the top is closed and when the rear cover is up and the rear bow is up. With the bow up and cover open you can get a look at all the cylinders in the rear of the car; main, bow, rear locks and cover cylinders. Get a good flashlight and look at the main cylinder and bow cylinders on the leaking side. If either is leaking you'll see it. Let us know what you see.
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Last fall, I drove to Florence and used a local shop he said had experience with the cylinder swap.
Klaus stopped by twice to see how it was going, in addition to delivering the parts.

It was a nice mini vacation. My wife enjoyed the trip so much the cost of the repair went unmentioned!

In our way out of town, visited TH and met Klaus, his wife and lab puppy. Nice folks.

BTW: There is a nice military museum...with plenty of vehicles...not far from TH.
Also, go to the boat ramp on the river downtown and you'll likely see seals.
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