w202 boot opens at mach 5

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  1. Emeye

    Emeye Member

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    The boot on my 2000 plate w202 opens at a tremendous speed - so fast I worry it's going to go through the rear window! :eek:

    Is it meant to come up so quick? I've had a search, but can only find threads from people complaining that the boot isn't opening on its own any more.

    Cheers.
     
  2. GP801

    GP801 MB Enthusiast

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    My 209 is just the same. Quite explosive. Just be sure not to leave anything fragile on the boot lid.
     
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    Check which slot the assisters are in and you should be able to reduce the tension.
     
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    The boot lid spring attaches to a bracket. Unfortunately, this bracket has a tendency to break. The quick and dirty repair - I know this because I have done it - is to attach the spring to a hole in the remaining part of the bracket. It is this that gives the coming-up-like-billyo effect.

    My solution is to keep a hand on the top of the boot lid when I'm opening it.

    At one point Mercedes made a repair kit but they seemed to have stopped doing that and, as I understand it, it was extraordinarily expensive. There is a US company that has designed a repair kit themselves but I have yet to hear any reports on its effectiveness.
     
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    My experience & solution exactly. Before the bracket broke, the boot used to open very gracefully. The noise when it snapped was very scary too :eek:.
     
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    Mine has been like it from new. Does that mean it was already broken?
     
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    my w202 does that ,gotta catch it before it goes
     
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    my boot opens just a bit in a tilted angle with my remote.
    is this wrong?

    my mechanic told me this could be adjusted to fully open???
     
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    Not sure but I think there have been threads on that topic, or at least it has been mentioned in threads. A forum search might reveal something.
     
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    Thanks - looks interesting. You get a pack of two connectors delivered here for approx £39, so if another UK W202 owner is interested we could do a mini-group buy, i.e. I'll buy a set, keep one connector for my own use and send you the spare one for half what it cost me + UK P&P. Anyone?
     
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    I suspect you'll need both eventually.
     
  14. Justin1600

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    Aswell as what has been mentioned already, if the hazard triangle is missing from the bootlid then the bootlid goes up alot quicker :thumb:

     
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    Ah, that's interesting as my triangle is missing - I've been looking to source a replacement from ebay but can't work out which one I need as there appear to be a few different ones claiming to be for the w202.
     
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    Bought a secondhand Warning Triangle off eBay today. Fingers crossed it solves the problem.
     
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    Well, the Warning Triangle turned up today. In very good condition and just needed a clean. I'm pleased that I appear to have bought the correct one as it slotted right in.

    And you know what? It does seem to have sorted my supersonic boot opening! :)
     
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    Nice one, I said it would :thumb:

     
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    For anyone interested, I took the plunge and ordered the hinge repair kit from the US seller on eBay. He seems a helpful guy, emailed the fitting instructions and offered to help if I had any problems on installation.

    I fitted the connector today and it definitely helps. If anything the boot now opens slightly too slowly, but I can adjust that by repositioning the spring in one of the other two holes nearer the boot entrance.
     
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  20. moonloops

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    Do what I did, ask a mate to see if he can see the fine scratch on the boot lid, then pop the boot :D

    Hopefully he will have good dental insurance.
     

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