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COVErt Top stops before it is all the way down

I have a 2004 VW convt. The power top goes down and is completly folded and ready to lock into place so the wings can cover up the covt. workings. Then it stops will not pull down to fully lock. Leave it this way for 10 minutes press the covt. top button the top locks down and the wings close. For those 10 minutes the top will not go up or down. After the top goes down 1st time of the day it will work all day long just fine 1 stop and top up or 50 stops and top up. But the first time every day you gotta drive around 10 minutes with bells and buzzers and your wings up.

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Try using the reset proceedure of simply turning the car on and use the all windows up and down switch on the driver side door. This is used when the battery is replaced. It might re-set your motor.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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    The same thing was happening to me. Thank you that worked like a charm.

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07 corvette top will retract but deck lid makes no effort to close, then top will not go back up. Need to release pressure in block lift top up about 1/4 of way then top will go back up


Manually Moving the Folding Top from the Down Position
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Manually Moving the Folding Top from the Up Position
Important: Allow the system a minimum of four minutes to bleed down pressure after the last cycle.
Manually release header latch per normal operation.
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Manually release the Folding Top Cover latch using the emergency release cable.
Fold the roof down into the well.
Manually close and latch the folding top stowage cover.

Power Folding Top System Components
The power folding top system consists of the following components:
• Folding top control (FTC) module
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• Folding top control switch
• Serial data communication
• Folding top cover latch actuator
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• Folding top pump motor with valve manifold
• Position switches and limit switches:
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- Top open switch
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• Tonneau release relay
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• BATT 2 Fuse 40 A
• REAR FOG/ALDL TOP SW Fuse 10 A
• Folding top mechanical components:
- Folding top
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- Folding top valve 2
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- Hydraulic lines and cylinders

Folding Top Cover Latch Actuator
The power folding top system includes a folding top cover that is powered open and close by a hydraulic system that is controlled by the FTC module. A power unlatch motor is used to unlatch the folding top cover before the folding top control (FTC) module powers the top cover open. The folding top cover unlatching is requested by the FTC module via class 2 message, but is executed by the body control module (BCM). When requested, the BCM applies battery voltage through the folding top cover release relay control circuit to the tonneau release relay. The relay is energized and battery voltage is applied through the folding top cover release control circuit to the latch actuator. The actuator is energized and the latch releases the folding top cover.

The electronics on this are very complex ,

System Operation
Before any movement of the power folding top is allowed, the folding top control (FTC) module must be aware of the following conditions:
• Unlatch the header. The FTC module reads the pin receiver switch is Inactive.
• The windows must be normalized. Refer to Power Window Reinitialization.
• The ignition must be placed in Accessory or RUN.
• The transmission must be placed in PARK, or with manual transmission, the park brake must be applied.
• Trunk status must not be ajar.
• The luggage barrier must be in place.
• The pump motor temperature must be within the operating range.

After the last cycle of power folding top operation, allow the hydraulic system a minimum of 4 minutes to bleed down before attempting manual operation of the top.
Your best bet take and have it checked for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes .
DTC B3666 Rear Tonneau Position Error
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http://cdn.dealereprocess.com/cdn/servicemanuals/chevrolet/2004-malibu.pdf

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On a 207 G6 GT Pontiac retractable hardtop where is the sensor that gives the message top not secure. Top goes up and down seem secure will not allow the trunk to open with the key or door button


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Power Folding Top System Components
The power folding top system consists of the following components:
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The folding top control (FTC) module


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Hydraulic pump assembly; valve 1, valve 2 and motor


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The hydraulic lines and the cylinders


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GMLAN communication to the Body Control Module (BCM)


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Open/Close request circuit to the driver and passenger window motors


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Power and Grounds


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Folding Top Main Power Fuse 30A


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Folding Top Logic Power Fuse 20A


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Ground G301 for the FTC module and G305


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Folding Top Open/Close Switch (S15 and S16)


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Rear Compartment Limit Switches


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Rear Compartment Lid Release Switch (S3 and S4)


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Rear Compartment Lid Release Switch-Front Hinge-Left (S11 and S12)


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Rear Compartment Lid Release Switch-Front Hinge-Right (S9 and S10)


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Folding Top Front Location Pin Guide-Left (S17 and S18)


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Rear Compartment Lid Release Switch-Left (S19A)


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Rear Compartment Lid Release Switch-Right (S19B)


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Hall Effect Sensors


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Rear Compartment Cylinder Extended Sensor (S2)


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Hi. There are 2 flaps, one left, one rights the fold back when the roof is retracted. they are triangular in shape, and fold in half just behind wher the rear windows should be. check that these have folded back, it is normaly the right side that does not fold. reposition this flap and if the roof works the a simple string correction will be needed.

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I have a 2004 new beetle convertible and when I put the soft top down, the car starts beeping when I excelerate and the roof image where the temperature is supposed to be. I do not think it can go down any...


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I have a 1988 vw cabriolet, it of course has a manual top, and it goes about 2/3 rds of the way then it wont budge anymore. ive got it down before, then the next day i tried to put it down and it wont go...


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depends on what type of top you have (full power or power assisted).

if power assisted, then release the latches on the inside where the top meets the windshield, then hit the button on the lower dash (its near the button for the heated seats & traction control) and give it a little push with your hand to start it folding. it has a picture of a side window & top on it. pushing it one way lowers the top. you have to be in park (or drive with foot on brake) to lower it. hold the switch down, the side windows will lower a bit and the top will begin to move. keep holding it till the top tucks under the boot and the windows begin to go back up, then release it. if the light on this button is not flashing when you release it, then the top is tucked away properly. if still flashing, then keep it depressed until the top folding sequence is complete.

if a fully automatic top (you will not have latch releases on the top where it meets the windshield), then simply hit the button as described above. no need to push on the top during the beginning sequence. keep holding it until the windows begin to go back up, then release it.

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to put it back up, simply hit the button in the opposite manner and the sequence will start with the rear boot lifting up first. fully auto tops will lock automatically to the windshield. power assisted tops will require to lock the top. if red light on this button still flashes when released, then the sequence is not complete or has encountered an error.

hope this worked for you.

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