CLK320 W209 convertible roof conundrum

Mikeclk320

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Hi All

I'm a newbie to Mercedes ownership, had it 2 weeks and am loving it. Just one thing that's puzzling me. As per the picture below, there is a cable hanging down from the roof in the middle of the rear windows. It looks as though it may be something to do with a tensioning cable but I can't work out where it's come from. I can see lots of mentions of tensioning cables and springs for the W208 model...but nothing for the W209, nor any spares. Please can anyone shed any light on it for me?

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Hi Mike,

Whats the cable made from?

The tension cables are metal, whereas that looks like rope?

If its rope it might be one that hold the headlining in place.

I would fold the hood half way, then have a careful look under the headlining both sides.
 
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Aahh - thank you. It is rope rather than metal and now that I look at it - the outside edges of the headlining are drooping a bit more than they should. Once it stops snowing/raining here I'll get it out of the garage and take a look. Hopefully I can work out how to re-rope it.

Thanks again.
 
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Thanks GlosRichCLK! Took a while to be able to get round to it - but you were right, the ropes should have been riveted to the frame but the rivets had corroded and sheared off flush with the frame which made it difficult to spot. Drilled and re-riveted and all ok now.

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