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What maintenance should be performed on a SLK 2000 Roof?

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by tedfred, May 12, 2018.

  1. tedfred

    tedfred Senior Member

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    Dear All,

    Having acquired my SLK 200 a week ago, I now have lists of things I feel need to be done to it.

    I wonder what routine maintenance is necessary to keep the folding roof alive for years to come?
    I am particularly concerned with avoiding water leaks and have been advised to treat all the rubber seals with AutoGlyme Vinyl and rubber care?? I know MB will sell me a tea spoon of their rubber compound for £30 but is there another alternative?

    I also notice that the metalwork associated with the roof although plastic coated seems to have oxidised displaying small white powdery dots? I have been told to treat them with WD 40, though I feel that this will cause all manner of debris to cling to them.

    Finally, is it necessary to lubricate the joints and actuators, if so with what and how; as grease guns are a thing of the past. Additionally, this would entail stopping the roof actuation half/part way and I have read in another post of ecu malfunctions and fuses blowing etc is this a known fault associated with partial roof opening/closing cycles?

    Any advice would as always be very much appreciated.

    Regards
    TEDFRED
     
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    LostKiwi Senior Member

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    The preferred here is GummiPlege for the seals or Kytox (not cheap but is a great lubricant as well for the rubber).
     
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    I acquired a beautuful SLK last year and i treated all of the seals to a good dose of silicon spray - actually sprayed into a container and then brushed on. Did the same last weekend.
    I did read that Gummi Pfledge is a really good product and I sent for some the other day. It came yesterday and i treated a test rubber which came up looking more or less like new so l will probably use this from now on.
    I am uncomfortable with only part raising the roof. However having done this a few times now, I haven't yet come across a problem.
    With regard to the hinges etc. I haven't treated them at all. I guess they're probably already lubed with grease and should, therefore, be ok for some time.
     
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    I did spray some gt85 spray on my hinges the other day , when I was Gummying the seals .
     
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    You can sometimes get good deals on gummi pfledge on eBay, it’s great for all the rubber seals.

    This stuff ( ACF50) is very good for metal, lubricates joints without getting sticky. Will bring up the plastics in your engine bay, and help keep corrosion at bay.

    Have a look at the website, and then click on the tabs to find the differing uses..... :)

    http://www.acf-50.co.uk/acf-50.htm
     
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    Metal contact stuff like hinges I use WD40 lithium grease- spray on dead easy....about a fiver a can on Amazon and free delivery if you’ve prime....
     
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    Thank you All again,

    I now have further shopping to do on ebay tonight.

    I bought Auto Glym wheel protector yesterday, It is essentially a spray varnish which protects the wheel from brake dust and allows the wheel to be cleaned easily??? It seems however that to make the job worthwhile the wheels need to be taken off the car to be prepared and then sprayed. Its a bigger job than I initially thought but I will let you know how I get on.

    Thanks again

    Tedfred
     
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    Just use a decent non-acidic wheel cleaner, much easier, something like Bilt Hamber from Amazon. This is also brilliant

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CarPlan-CD...526308594&sr=1-5&keywords=alloy+wheel+cleaner

    I bought gummi pfledge from E-Bay, brilliant stuff for all rubber on the car
     
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    Thanks J Bell
    Bilt Hamber has been ordered from Amazon.

    Thanks again
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    I’d also spray some grease into the catches on the windscreen leading edge - mine sticks after sitting in the garage for winter (it’s not used much) and think it’s that which is causing it, works fine once cycled a few times
     
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    Hi Ricardo,
    Thanks for your reply.
    What spray grease do you use ?

    Regards

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    White lithium grease in spray form works well (WD40), that’s what I use on any metal interface parts, also good for hinges etc etc...
     
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    Thanks John,


    That's worth knowing. I am running out of shelf space in the garage as I equip myself with all these extras. Though I am sure they are all worth it.

    Thanks again

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