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Old 02-25-2020, 07:54 PM   #1
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Convertible Top preventive maintenance?

Is there anything I can do as preventive maintenance for the folding top? I use it almost every day so I'm just trying to do everything I can to prevent it from breaking.

I've already reinforced the windshield latches as per Taylor192's thread and replaced my headliner and bat wings because they were torn.

Is it worth it to change out the hydraulic fluid for the top? If so, what fluid does it take?
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:00 PM   #2
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Oh, forgot to mention that I also lubed the joints following this thread: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...light=vert+top
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:21 AM   #3
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Keep top fabric clean. Keep top up when not using for prolong periods of time to prevent mold and shrinking. Most top manufacturers recommend hand washing because the automatic car washes tend to be harsh on the fabric and may cause the seals to leak. Don't use any harsh detergents or products not recommended for convertible tops.
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:24 AM   #4
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Flushing may help though not sure. It's a sealed system but may still get moisture in fluid. According to Top hydraulics, the Benz hydraulic fluid for convertibles is same and way cheaper.
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:24 AM   #5
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Keep top fabric clean. Keep top up when not using for prolong periods of time to prevent mold and shrinking.
I use a soft-bristled brush and laundry soap to keep my tops clean. What makes them dirty is parking outside where dust and pollen settle in them easily.

Never store a wet top in the down position for obvious reasons. As long as your top is DRY, keeping it in the open position isn't going to have any effect on it at all.
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