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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the Roof Latch

Mike Holloway

Tools:

10mm Socket, extension

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R107 (1975-86)

Parts Required:

Roof latch mechanism

Hot Tip:

Follow all the steps

Performance Gain:

Working roof mechanism

Complementary Modification:

Replace your windshield wipers

Your roof latch can be a finicky device. There are several parts that can fail. The locking mechanism can be replaced by following a few simple steps. Your roof latch system has two front clasps, two side clasps and a rear hold down pin. Go through the series of steps to assess which component is compromised.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses and work gloves. If you have to jack up your car, make sure to use jack stands and chock your wheels as well as applying the parking brake. Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. Always disconnect the battery before working on your car.

The rear locking mechanism can be accessed with the rear roof panel raised.
Figure 1

The rear locking mechanism can be accessed with the rear roof panel raised.

The rear locking mechanism can be removed using a 10mm socket.
Figure 2

The rear locking mechanism can be removed using a 10mm socket.

The cable and locking rod can be assessed and replaced if needed.
Figure 3

The cable and locking rod can be assessed and replaced if needed. 

The cables are attached to the mechanism at the base, on the side.
Figure 4

The cables are attached to the mechanism at the base, on the side. Check to make sure that the cables and rods are still attached. 

If compromised, the mechanism can be removed using a 10mm socket with an extension.
Figure 5

If compromised, the mechanism can be removed using a 10mm socket with an extension.

Using a 10mm wrench, loosen and remove the bolt on the side.
Figure 6

Using a 10mm wrench, loosen and remove the bolt on the side.

There will be a bolt below that also has to be removed.
Figure 7

There will be a bolt below that also has to be removed.

The release handle will have to be removed to remove the mechanism.
Figure 8

The release handle will have to be removed to remove the mechanism. On the back of the handle is a clip that keeps the leather cover on. This has to be removed in order to remove the handle.

The handle can now be removed.
Figure 9

The handle can now be removed.

There are two plastic bushings along with the smaller release lever that will be part of the assembly.
Figure 10

There are two plastic bushings along with the smaller release lever that will be part of the assembly. Take care in not losing them. 

Installation is the reversal of removal. 


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