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Old 04-20-2011, 07:48 PM   #1
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Strange vert top issue

Hey all. So a few days ago I start the car and hear a clicking from the rear. I then notice the upper vert light blinks occasionally, coinciding with the clicking. At no time did I even touch the top controls. I got home and tried the top. It went down and up fine. The noise stopped and the light stopped blinking.

Fast forward a few days and the clicking sound/blinking light reappeared. The top goes down but on its way up it stopped just before the windshield. I believe the clicking is coming from behind the right rear interior panel, not from the motor under the rear seat. I remove the rear seat and that panel and see two relays there. I try the top again, a couple of times, and now it works fine. Of course, now that I have removed the seats and interior there is no more clicking noise!

I think one relay is for the rear defroster but no clue what the other one is for. Does anyone know? Thanks.
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