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Old 09-16-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Convertible top hold down latch

Folks,
I have a 325 Convertible 2003 with about 71,000 miles. When the top is retracted all the way, there are two latches (one on each side) that secure the top beneath the storage cover. I've attached a picture that shows these two latches (see red arrows). This pic was taken when the top was in the middle of being opened. The latch on the drivers side is fine. It is not restricted and fully extended. The latch on the passenger side, however, is restricted and the latch is not fully extended. As a result, when the top is retracted, the passenger side latch does not latch on to the top to secure it. Any ideas?
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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Re: Convertible top hold down latch

Disconnected or broken cable most likely. Check the hydraulics sticky for details about how the cable connects the latch to the motor under the rear seat.


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Old 09-21-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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Thanks! Fixed it. Under the rear seat is the motor that drives these two latches. Connected to the motor are two cables. The cable for the passenger side latch was stuck.

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Convertible top hold down latch

Cab you show a pic of what a stuck motor looks like? I have the same problem but the motor looks fine.


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Old 09-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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Check the hydraulics sticky for details about how the cable connects the latch to the motor under the rear seat.
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Cab you show a pic of what a stuck motor looks like? I have the same problem but the motor looks fine.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:16 PM   #6
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Do these"Cables" break often ? And can they be repaired or replaced?
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:16 AM   #7
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Do these"Cables" break often ? And can they be repaired or replaced?
They are cables and can be replaced easily. Your other posts are about the windshield latches, this thread is about the storage lid latches.

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Old 06-21-2014, 11:40 AM   #8
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Same latch issue

Taylor192. Just need some help seeing where these cables go into the motor under the seat. I've taken seat off three times ... Feel like I'm missing something and also can't find the hydraulic sticky (maybe cause this was posted quite while ago?). Thanks for any help you give.
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Taylor192. Just need some help seeing where these cables go into the motor under the seat. I've taken seat off three times ... Feel like I'm missing something and also can't find the hydraulic sticky (maybe cause this was posted quite while ago?). Thanks for any help you give.
"Stickies" are at the top of the forum, as in they stick to the top. I'd copy a link, yet it's difficult from my phone.

The cables enter the motor at the front. There's a square cover you can flip up to see the cables connected to the motor. I document that in the hydraulic sticky with photos.

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