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I have had problems, in the past, with other vehicles, with Powerfold Mirrors failing, apparently due to lack of lubrication.

I can't find anything on whether the mirrors on my SL should receive any maintenance, and if so what & how.

I'm sure others must have addressed this issue - advice please.

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Hello and welcome,

Silicone lubricant is very good and I apply it liberally - I'd close the mirrors and spray it then open them and do the same again.

The more frequent problem Mercedes have with the folding mirrors is the wires breaking in the moving joint which lubricant can't mitigate unfortunately - it can save the motors though :)
 
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Thanks for the welcome & advice.

If I had not received a response I would have teetered between your recommendation, or similar using graphite powder, or even WD40.

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Thanks for the welcome & advice.

If I had not received a response I would have teetered between your recommendation, or similar using graphite powder, or even WD40.

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WD40 is good at cleaning but not great at long term lubrication - graphite powder is good but silicone is my favorite
I'd also be applying silicone oil or gummi pfledge to all your rubber seals on the folding hard top whilst you're on with the preventative maintenance

And to go all the way, silicone lubricant in both emergency key locks (drivers door and boot)
 
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Thanks again..

Almost the first thing I did when I bought the car was to lubricate the emergency locks with graphite, setting the alarm off in the process ! Having done this should I use silicone lubricant henceforth; it's certainly much easier.

To revert to the mirrors I have just lubricated them as you suggest. I'm tempted to spray silicone lubricant behind the mirror glass. Is this a good idea?

Coincidentally my Gummi Pfledge was delivered this morning, but I'm going to hold off treating the rubber seals on the folding hard top until the weather is set fair for a while.

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Thanks again..

Almost the first thing I did when I bought the car was to lubricate the emergency locks with graphite, setting the alarm off in the process ! Having done this should I use silicone lubricant henceforth; it's certainly much easier.

To revert to the mirrors I have just lubricated them as you suggest. I'm tempted to spray silicone lubricant behind the mirror glass. Is this a good idea?

Coincidentally my Gummi Pfledge was delivered this morning, but I'm going to hold off treating the rubber seals on the folding hard top until the weather is set fair for a while.

NJSS
I use silicone lubricant like teenagers use "shower in a can" - "frequently and lots of it" :cool::D:p
 


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