How to Open the Hood of Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 DIY Cost: $0 Est. Time: 5 min Difficulty: Very Easy This guide provides instructions on how to open the hood on a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Procedure Open the driver's door. If the car battery is dead, use the emergency key found inside the keyfob to unlock the driver's door. Go to the driver's side and pull the hood release under the dashboard. You should hear the hood pop open once you pull the hood release. The black lever is the hood release of the Mercedes-Benz SL Class R230. Go to the front of the vehicle and slide your hand under the hood, locate the hood latch right under the emblem.Pull the hood latch and open the hood by lifting it. This is the hood latch of the Mercedes-Benz SL Class R230. Pull it back to unlock it. If the hood has been supported, ensure the hood stays open and doesn't fall. Published by YOUCANIC Staff, Published: 10 September, 2021 Updated: 18 October, 2021 Was this helpful? We would love to hear from you. Send us tips on how to improve this article. Send us message if you have any car questions. Tip! Check out more guides for the following vehicle. Mercedes-BenzSL-Class2003-2012 (R230) Notes If the hood doesn't release it can be because the cable is broken or the hood latch is misaligned. If you are opening the hood on the side of the road, make sure to turn on the hazard lights. Always turn off the engine, place the shifter in Park, and set the parking brakes.