Maintain the soft top for my 1996 SL500

Asked by Mar 27, 2011 at 09:57 AM about the 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have just bought a 1996 SL500 and wanted to know if there was any special treatment needed to maintain the integrety of the convertible hood ie waterproof and looks.

ANy help would be great.

3 Answers

295

Be on the lookout for leaks from the nine hydraulic pumps that rise and lower the top. From time to time, like every 6-8 months, check the fluid level in the hydraulic pump. Check it immediately if you notice the top is getting slower going up and down - could indiate there's a leak and the fuild's low. Kinda expensive to take care of but the best hguy to talk to and get replacement cylinders from is in Florence, OR. His name is Klaus Witte and his company is Top Hydraulics, Inc. Check out his webite at www.tophydraulicsinc.com.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
5

If you don't check the seals....watch out. I was on a date and went to lower the top and about a quart of fluid squirted out on me and my "one-time" date. It wasn't that expensive to fix but the mechanic says it happens from time to time! Thanks, Dr. M in Houston

8,005

There are quite a few good choices out there. Some of the best reviews are for the 303 Brand of convertible top cleaning and care kit

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

SL-Class

Looking for a Used SL-Class in your area?

CarGurus has 3,431 nationwide SL-Class listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Questions

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Experts

#1 bobkat
bobkat
Reputation 1,200
#2 Michael Kane
Michael Kane
Reputation 390
#2 twhobie
twhobie
Reputation 390
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
175 Great Deals out of 6,001 listings starting at $2,500
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
769 Great Deals out of 22,838 listings starting at $1,600
Used Porsche 911
159 Great Deals out of 4,421 listings starting at $9,995
Used Chevrolet Corvette
365 Great Deals out of 20,330 listings starting at $3,688
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1,004 Great Deals out of 32,766 listings starting at $1,950
Used Jaguar XK-Series
53 Great Deals out of 810 listings starting at $3,150
Used BMW 3 Series
1,797 Great Deals out of 40,896 listings starting at $1,250
Used BMW 7 Series
181 Great Deals out of 5,861 listings starting at $1,600
Used Ford Mustang
713 Great Deals out of 38,572 listings starting at $1,963

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
522 listings starting at $88,375
2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
167 listings starting at $58,999
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
104 listings starting at $57,991
2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 166 listings starting at $47,999
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 369 listings starting at $41,977