Mercedes-Benz Convertible top hydraulic seals.

R129 (300SL, 500SL, 600SL, SL320, SL500 and SL600 and A124 (W124 Cabriolet) models affected (300CE, E320).
Most likely some newer models too.

If the soft top of your beloved SL or SLK roadster or W124 or CLK Cabriolet is not working any more or is very slow, chances are that the hydraulic cylinders that operate the top are leaking. This is the main cause of failure of the soft top of these cars. The hydraulic seals inside the cylinders are made of material that is not very durable and degrade over the years in the mineral fluid independently whether you use the soft top a lot or do not use it at all. Some info says the seals are made of caprolactane (name of this material varies as flavors are patented under different names). The hydraulic seals usually simply disintegrate. No stop leak is able to fix the problem as sometimes sections of the seal crack away.

One solution is to replace all the cylinders with the new supplied by the dealer. The replacement cylinders probably use the same seals as the old ones. They are also pricey. All 12 replacement cylinders cost more than $3500 depending on your local dealer greed.

Another solution is to replace the seals. Seals made of polyurethane should be a much better option and should be much more durable and last much longer. A little problem however is that the seals are not a standard SAE or metric size. This is typical for Mercedes. Moreover, some seals have their cross-section smaller than the limit of modern machinery. Making molds is not an option as the molds are very costly, tens of thousands of dollars each. For a limited number of seals to be made it does not have any economical sense.

The seals on the picture are made in Europe on a very precise equipment used for military applications as well. Because the seal sizes mentioned above, machines are run beyond the limit which does not guarantee that the seals are made perfect on the first attempt. It took many tries to find the correct machine settings for some of the seals. It is still not easy, but we are here. Our first seals were made in 2008. No failures were reported as of now. So, we have more than 8 years experience of trouble free operation. The seals are available if you want to try and rebuild the hydraulic cylinders in your car by yourself.

Seals for all 12 hydraulic cylinders

The following seals are available (part numbers are stamped on the cylinders):

R129 model (1990-2002, 300SL, 500SL, 600SL, SL280, SL320, SL500, SL600, SL55 AMG, SL70 AMG, SL73 AMG - lucky you)
Front locks: 129 800 1672 (2 each)
Main lifts: 129 800 0272 (2 each)
Rear bow: 129 800 1772/124 800 0272 (2 each)
Rear locks: 129 800 2172 or 129 800 0072 depending on the model year (4 each)
Tonneau cover lifts: 129 800 2072 (2 each)

A124 model (W124 cabriolet, 300CE, E320)
Main lifts: 124 800 0072 (2 each)
Tonneau cover lifts: 124 800 0372 (2 each)
Rear bow lifts: 129 800 1772/124 800 0272 (2 each)
Rear bow lock: 129 800 1672 (1 each)
Tonneau cover lock: 129 800 0072 (1 each)

A209 model (CLK200, CLK230, CLK270, CLK320, CLK350, CLK430, CLK500, CLK55 AMG, CLK63 AMG)
Rear bow lock: 129 800 1672 (1 each)
Tonneau cover lock: 129 800 0072 (1 each)
Other seals coming soon, please bug us.

R230 (all years, SL350, SL500, SL55 AMG, SL600, SL65 AMG)
Front lock: 230 800 0872 (1 each)
Frame locking cylinders: 230 800 0972/230 800 1072 (2 each)
Others are coming soon.

R170/R171 (SLK 230, SLK230 Kompressor, SLK320, SLK 32AMG)
Front lock: 170 800 0072 (1 each)
Others are coming soon.

Rebuilding the cylinders is not that difficult. Some take only few minutes, like the cylinders above the windshield of the SL model, see the picture tutorial below. Some take a little longer and require some common garage tools and at least a vise with thick rubber or leather overgrips. In any case, getting the cylinder out usually takes 90% of the time.

Cylinder 1298001672 rebuilding
Above the windshield cylinders rebuilding.

Main cylinder rebuilding

Here is a writeup about the A124 main cylinder rebuilding. SL model is similar.

Here is a discussion about materials choice for the soft top hydraulic seals.

A124 cylinders removal instructions thanks to Timroperco. Rear bow can be directly applied to R129 as well.

Front locks removal and resealing video Video showing how to remove and reseal front lock cylinders of R129 model. Thanks to Craig Wilson who used my seals and created this video.

Availability and cost

The seals are made in small quantities, but we always try to keep at least few of each size on hand. The seals very often shipped the same day your payment is received. However, we are not professional vendors and just trying to help the community. Please, understand if there is a slight delay. The price is $23.97 per seal kit for one cylinder. Minimum order is two kits. You can order the kits for any two cylinders. They do not have to be the same. Each kit contains a seal and a nitrile rubber (N70) o-ring. The o-ring rarely goes bad and it is totally up to you if you want to replace it or not. The o-ring is nothing special and we simply include it in to our kit. if you want to rebuild all 12 cylinders at the same time (not necessary, you can rebuild them one by one, two by two or in any other odd or even combinations you like) the cost of the whole set is $255.00. There is also $4.95 shipping and handling per each order. If you are ready, simply send you payment by paypal to Please, do not forget to mention your name, shipping address and seals for which cylinders you are interested in. The sizes are different!

Preferred payment methods:

SquareCash (free shipping): send an email to: with cc: and subject: $47.95 (or other amount appropriate for the number of seals needed, please see prices below). In the body put your shipping address and which seals you need. The first time you use square cash they will send you a link to enter your debit card number. After that, it is as easy as sending an email, instant and free as they use ACH to send payments between the debit cards without revealing the bank information. And you can receive payments too! You get free shipping with square cash because they do not charge any fees for the transaction. This is my way to pass the savings to you, while keeping the things simple. Please, note that the cost of 12 seal kits is only $250 when using SquareCash and that includes free shipping.

Contact us by email for other payment methods.

In any case, please, do not forget to include your correct shipping address and tell me which seals you are up to. Also your car model year and VIN is very helpful. Please, read FAQ about the information about determining the size of the seals for the main and rear (center) locks of your car. They are different. If you prefer, you can pay by paypal (see below).

Good news! Euro is falling and we predict it will continue to fall. As of February 2012 We cut prices 20% to pass the savings on to our Benz owners. We do not aim to make a profit from this, just to cover our expenses.

We usually try to the same day as we know is sucks to have your soft top stuck closed when it is shiny or opened when it is raining, but since nobody helps us, please excuse us if your seals are not shipped the same day.

To order your seal kits and pay using $cashtag please read how much you should pay and why our prices cheaper when paying with $cashtag here, then pay using our $cashtag.

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