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Old 02-19-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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RE: Any one cleared drain holes ????

I have followed the procedure listed "How to clear the convertible's drain holes" but the top is not moveable after stage 2 lifting the roof. If anyone has done this I would like to here from you.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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I have not done this procedure but I'm interested to know how it goes for you.

Perhaps you could be clearer about exactly where you are stuck. Which step (1-8) within stage 2 is not working?
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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If this is related to your other post, try to keep them together cause the problems are probably related.

If you "stage 2" you mean "unlatched from the windshield, yet cannot lift back window" its cause there are 2 latches at the first hinge closest to the windshield that are also controlled by the latch motor. If your latch motor assembly is broken then these latches will not release, yet you should have enough room to remove the latch cover as all the screws as exposed.

In this picture you can see a "ram" above-left of the yellow circle. This ram controls a latch at the first hinge. So even when the latches release from the windshield you have to keep turning the allen key to release this latch too.

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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In the text of the document "Stage 2 Lifting the roof" I followed the list. The only thing that was not clear is the hardtop attachment . .. I don't see the detachment . . .. I am wondering if some models are different. After completeing the steps the top will not move and can't be lifted.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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Right so you skipped this step...

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Stage 2 - Lifting the roof
3. Using Tool 15 disconnect the hard top attachment and move it aside (see Image07 A) - both sides.

I'm thinking this is the hardtop preparation kit shown below, which is needed before you install a hardtop. So I'm thinking it's not there on all vehicles. See item 2 in the image below.

and a discussion of the kit in this thread.

That said, I do not have a hardtop but I had a look at mine and I do have the preparation kit installed. It's located directly underneath the square trim piece that is removed before installing the hardtop. It's not clear what would be there if the preparation kit is not installed.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #6
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well... my 2penny... I have cleared the drains without unbolting the top or brackets or any of that. I popped the top half way and supported the rear with the lid together - took a dry clean hanger and straightened it, bent the tip with just enough curve and went to work with a lot of patience. If you fish in the dark but don't give up, adjusting the curve of the tip slightly, you'll hit the hole and see that water come out the wheel well below. I wish there was a way to poke from the bottom, but I did it from the top and I'm sure anyone can do it. Push well once you hit the spot for all the crap to go thru and you won't have any more problems.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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I cleared mine out the other day with a teapot full of very hot water. Only took a few seconds for it to melt through the mung and clear the drain. Easy-peezy lemon squeezy! If that had not worked, I was going to try Alfa's wire trick.
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