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Covertable top re-engaged

Ok I have re-engaged motor drives for convertable top ..red light on toggle still on and nothing happens when toggle lever is pushed.

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I have a complete PDF document that is for operation and service on the Convertible Top. I got it from another forum and can send it to you. Email me at dmweder@gmail.com.

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Remember that the two motors meed to be in sync for the top to come up and drop succesfully, To test if they stil work let someone press the roof open and close button for you while you stand at the back end check if the motors are working. As for the red light that you are talking about can you desribe it to me please what symbel does it have on it?

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Do you hear the motor running? If yes, then it could be the fluid level in hydraulic unit.

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Hey there, I have experienced the same problem. You need to reengage both motors if you have disengaged them pulling the lever undernearth the rear driverside seat. Make sure to put the black lever back under the seat to the position before pulling on it.

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