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Interior Shelf Rattle Solutions
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Interior Shelf Rattle Solutions

Tom Morr

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$4.25 per insulation strip

Talent:

*

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R170 (1998-04)

Parts Required:

Roof to parcel shelf insulation strips

Hot Tip:

Lower the roof part way for easier access to the roof panel

Performance Gain:

Eliminates rattles behind the roll bars

Complementary Modification:

Tighten the screws on each package shelf wing

A common annoyance on R170 SLKs is rattles between the parcel shelf and roof. These sounds emanate from behind the roll bars and are particularly distracting at highway speeds.

The fix can be easy. Mercedes-Benz uses a pair of rubber insulation strips on the lower lip of the rear roof panel. Often, these strips come loose and fall into the trunk during top lowering and raising. The fix can be as easy as locating the insulation strips in the trunk and sliding them back onto the roof panel's lip. Look for variations in the dirt pattern on the roof's lip to help determine the OE locations.

If the strips can't be located, replacements are still available (Part Number 170-694-01-92-MBZ). The strips can easily be repositioned on the panel's lip to find the optimal locations for rattle absorption.

Alternately, some owners use hardware store items to fix the problem. These include foam weatherstripping affixed to the top leading edge of the roof's lip or even vinyl or rubber tubing, cut longitudinally and slid over the lip's edge.

The bottom line is that R170 owners don't have to settle for an annoying behind-the-ear rattle while they drive. A few minutes of time and possibly a few bucks worth of stuff normally solves the problem.

With the roof lowered part way, the insulation strips (arrows) can be slid onto the roof panel's lip (red arrows).
Figure 1

With the roof lowered part way, the insulation strips (arrows) can be slid onto the roof panel's lip (red arrows). Our 2000 SLK230 Kompressor project car didn't have the insulation strips or any evidence of them having been on the roof panel's lip. The OE locations are approximately in line with the seats' centers.

In the top-up position, the insulation strip (arrow) on each side cushions the friction between the roof and the behind-seat parcel shelf.
Figure 2

In the top-up position, the insulation strip (arrow) on each side cushions the friction between the roof and the behind-seat parcel shelf. The strips have a flat rubber side that contacts the parcel shelf and a rounded felt-covered side that hangs down in the trunk.

The Mercedes-Benz roof-to-shelf insulation strips are about two inches long.
Figure 3

The Mercedes-Benz roof-to-shelf insulation strips are about two inches long. They're affordable; the shipping cost can be comparable to the parts' tab.

The rubber insulation is split to grip the roof's lip.
Figure 4

The rubber insulation is split to grip the roof's lip. Possible DIY equivalents include rubber or vinyl tubing, split longitudinally to slide over the roof panel's lip.

Squeaks can also emanate from the shelf's side wings.
Figure 5

Squeaks can also emanate from the shelf's side wings. Make sure that the wings' bolts (arrows) are tight.

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Comments and Suggestions:
slafkins Comments: How do you replace steel line moving shelf wings,I have driver side cable broken and passenger side few strands broken.
Do you sell these cables?
August 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The cables should be available. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Veso l. Comments: Hi. I am having a problem closing roof on my slk230 2003. I changed front roof cylinder and now I can open roof pushing the button but once I try to close roof switch start blinking and I dont hear anything. Also it looks like that the cover and two flip wings on the side are not placed all the way flat. I have to close it manually and reopen it with switch. I hope you understood what I was trying to describe. Before I change that cylinder it was opening and closing right , it was just losing oil on roof cylinder. Thank for any help
July 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a position switch is not in the right state. Most likely sue to the flaps. I would check the flap drives and switches. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Wayne Comments: Thanks for this article, I found these two strips in my trunk and had no idea what they were for. Now I know and now I can replace them and take away the rattle that is mentioned here
March 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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