Date registered: Sep 2005
Vehicle: 06 SLK 280, on order 09 SLK 350
Location: Arlington, VA
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Roof Rattle Fix
Starting last October the roof on my SLK developed a rattle right over my head whenever I drove on rough roads which are everywhere in DC. It drove me nuts and cheapened the whole SLK experience for me. I took it to the dealer but they only lubed the seals and the rattle returned the next day. I found if I pushed up on the roof the rattle stopped but returned as soon as I let go. I checked every bolt on the roof mechanism that I could get to but none were loose. Finally I decided to try the felt fix mentioned on another forum. While trying to figure out where the felt should go I noticed a bracket that positions the top of the rear glass. I adjusted the bracket down two notches and THAT FIXED THE RATTLE! Life is good once again.
The engine has to be running while you do the adjustment or the roof will not stay in a partially open position.
The first pic shows the location of the bracket in the center of the photo on the driver’s side of the car.
The second pic shows the bracket after I lowered it two notches (note that the adjustment screw is on the back side of the bracket).
The third pic shows the bracket from the front of the car.
The fourth pic shows the bracket from the right side of the car so you can see the position of a bracket that has not been adjusted.
2006 SLK 280, Diamond Silver, Ash, 7G Automatic, Comfort, Lighting, Heating packages, OEM MB Plexiglass Windscreen, Clear Corners, SmartTop Roof Module, 17" AMG Alloys + Pirelli PZero Neros, Green Filters
On Order: 2009 SLK 350, Artic White, Gullwing Red, P1 Pkg, Lighting Pkg, Heating Pkg