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Fluid leaking from driver and passenger side vario top 2005

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Customer: Fluid leaking from driver and passenger side vario top 2005 slk amg
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Top is in closed position but will not lock or open. You can hear the pump but all the fluid (or most) has leaked out
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If there is a leak and fluid has been lost then that will prevent the top from opening or closing. The pump has to be able to create hydraulic pressure to actuate the cylinders that control movement of the top components, if there isn't enough fluid then the pump can't create pressure and the top won't move.

What will need to be done is find the source of the leaks and repair them. It could be lines or connections, but the cylinders themselves are more likely to be the source of the leak. Once the components are replaced then the system can be refilled, the top cycled to bleed air from the system and the fluid topped off as necessary.