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Old 05-24-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Fixed Broken Wire but top storage lid slightly ajar on passenger side

The good news is my main problem was a broken wire in the loom over the driver as is normally the case. I fixed the broken wire and now the top opens and closes.

The bad news is the convertible top storage compartment cover does not sit flat on the passenger side. It sits up just enough that the passenger latch does not reach the hardware in the cover.

My sense is the top is not completely flat the way it should be in the storager compartment as it feels like the lid is still sitting on part of the folder top. I can stop the top before it finishes by releasing the botton and push the lid down so that when I continue to hold down the button it will latch properly.

Any help here is greatly apprecited.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:56 PM   #2
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Stop the top just before the latches lock, turn off the car, wait 30 secs for the hydraulic pressure to be released, then manually raise the storage lid. Take a bunch of photos and I'll compare to what my top looks like in the same position.

I think your hunch is correct, yet we need photos to prove it.

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Old 05-25-2014, 01:37 PM   #3
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So when I tried to put the top down to take pictures it started working the way it should. Hopefully it's reset itself but if it malfunctions again I'll take pictures. Thanks, Mike
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:15 AM   #4
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Having lived with the top for a bit since the broken wire was fixed I have some observations. Most of the time the lid closes completely. I can usually tell when the lid is going to close properly as you will hear a plop as the top seems to fall / drop the last few inches into the trunk (which although it "works" is probably not good long term). When I don't hear the plop the top seems to be not completely folded / closed so the lid appears to sit slightly ajar because it's resting on the top.

Any thoughts or recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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Stop the top just before the latches lock, turn off the car, wait 30 secs for the hydraulic pressure to be released, then manually raise the storage lid. Take a bunch of photos and I'll compare to what my top looks like in the same position.
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