Hi everyone, It seems like the top can be a little confusing if your not used to it. I recently bought a 1998 sl500 and stored it for this past winter. Apparently the battery lost its charge and after trickle charging it started up just fine. however I tried to remove the hardtop without a owners manual. That of course was after I spoke to the dealer for the procedure. I can hear the motor but top does not release. I sent away for the manual tool I then loosened the two screw type locks above the windshield but the back locks will not release. Dealer says to disconnect battery for at least an hour and then re-connect and retry. I did all this and the rollbar is in the up position and will not go back down and the locks still do not release. I am curious what is the wrench end of the hand tool used for is there a manual rear lock release on those tops and where is it?I was also told that their are codes that should be reset so the top can be released and the soft top can come up. Can anyone help? thanks Torchtamer57
Crazy thing about the R129!
If you have a dead battery the car has to be handled with the upmost of care. Please read http://www.benzworld.org/forums/2675345-post1.html
and you will need to read
in order to
2) Sync the Power Windows (Owners Manual) on 11/94 -2002 R129's.
3) Sync the ESP (Owners Manual) on 1999-2002 R129's.
4) Audio System>Anti-Theft System>Enter Code (Owners Manual)
5) Clock reset (Owners Manual)
6) Auto Central Locking (Owners Manual) on 1998 -2002 R129's
I would suggest that you resecure the hardtop back onto the car. Then Sync. the Power Windows (Owners Manual) on 11/94 -2002 R129's. Very important!
Then try and remove the top. If that doesn't work you may need to have the RST- roadster soft top controller reset
by clearing the DTC's - diagnostic trouble codes. This will need to be done by an INDY- independent MB mechanic that has a MB SDS - STAR diagnostic system that he will connect to your 38 PIN connector and erase the trouble codes for the RST and rollbar.
If need be, call your local Indy ands ask how much he will charge, $50-$100.