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Here is a picture of the upper seal on the rear hatch. It's the right side and it looks like the long rubber strip has shrunk over the last years.
Anyone here ever replaced this? It's pretty expensive but I dont want water leaking inside my truck.
 

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I'm not sure water will leak into your truck. Thats what the inner seal will take care of. The water would probably just run down where the gas struts are. If replacing isn't an option, just glob some silicone caulk in there..


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Thanks sounds like a good idea if I dont replace it.. I am just curious if anyone could check their seal and post back if they have the same shrinking issue with this. I am thinking about replacing it but don't want to waste my money if this is how it fits. Do you know if it's glued on?

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Yeah, I have gaps. Have had them for years. Wouldn't worry about it.


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My has the same gaps either side. The EPC shows that the part 1636980098 has been replaced at some time by part 1636901330. Maybe the new part doesn't shink. Both parts are still available but at around $170 they are dearer than the much larger inner seal. (I can never work out how MB comes up with its parts prices.)

The seal on my ML is just pressed over the flange. Either no glue or the glue has long since disintergrated.
 

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The seals on both our ML's have shrunk. Going to replace them as we live around large pine trees and the needles and junk just collect in there. I have a feeling these ML's are rust sensitive so no need helping it along.
 
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