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Can somebody show me how to latch the door of the ashtray compartment (the one located in front of the shift lever)? It is a 1998 SL500.
It is spring loaded, opens with a slight touch, and seems to be magnetically latched when closed, but I have a hard time latching it close.
I try slamming it, closing with a gentle touch, or pressing it down hard and holding for a while etc but most of the time it doesn't latch.:surrender:
I can do it one time out of 10, but can not repeat it.
 

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Since you don't have same problem and nobody else answered, it kind of indicates there is something wrong with my door. So I just went ahead to pull everything apart, examine them but found nothing broken. Put them back together and it now works.
 

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RKH did you lube it? Probably with age it only needed to be disassembled and reassembled because something there went or lose or expanded in some ways.

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Nothing, I just pull it apart and reassemble. Don't know why it works now either.
 

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I had the same thing with my '93 when I took out the centre console, it worked ok before but not after. I just took out the felt covered plastic liner, fiddled around and put it back again and it worked.
 

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The old cuss and threat rule I use against computers when they don't want to work innit? Lol.

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