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Sad new owner vario roof issue

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It was a bad car weekend for me. Issues with other cars besides my
New 2003 SL55

Had the car sitting in the garage with the top open. Decided to close her up
And the trunk opens top lifts to the first posistion. Pack position I believe it's called. Pumps runs seems to be trying to lift the top
But if wouldn't go.

Fluid level in the pump looks good and I do not see any
Obvious leaks.

I did some research that suggests possibly micro
Switch S117 may have an issue that can cause this to happen.

I did close the top via the manual procedure and
Wow what a pita that is.

Any suggestions or ideas please ?

I do not have a scan tool what is the go to these days for the
Cheap version ?
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Here are a couple files that have really helped me.
FYI - I solved the S117 issue, and I've had the front latch replaced, and filled the pump reservoir, and replaced a pneumatic spring on my top. Getting better at fixing this beast!


Can you tell me how to access the s117 switch ?
Not sure what trim needs to come off.
Page 1 thru 3 of the "Roof Cable..." describes the process, but there are no pictures...sorry.
The left side driver door jam has a silver plate at top with (4) Torx 20 screws; there is one more T20 under the lateral hinging cover (open the roof part way); and an 8mm bolt (just loosen it - don't remove it) under the small hinged flap.
Plastic part then gets pulled up to un-snap the catches. At this point you can see the S117.
Search for "S117 pictures" and hopefully you can find something.
Ask if you have more questions.
Yes, the parts you described. Second attachment previous post have written instructions and some pictures.
The hose is to activate the switch. It is not being closed by the little lever...hose makes it close.
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