450SLC door striker replacement

The drivers door on the 450SLC had become harder and harder to close properly over the past year or so.   It normally took a couple of tries before it would latch correctly.   I therefore decided to try replacing the door striker, which do wear out over time.   The part number of the new striker was 115 720 06 04.

SLC Door strikers compared

The striker is held on by four screws and there is a backing plate that can be re-used.   I found it easier to screw it on loosely and then close the door a couple of times to locate it properly.

Installed

So far it seems to close properly first time, and opening the door there is a bit more resistance in the door handle too.

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