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Convertable top will go down but will not come back up.

2001 Ford Mustang Convertable:

I have replaced the switch which was bad as it was broken by me trying to fix this problem. The motore of the convertable will pull the top back into the boot just fine. When I go to put the top back up, you can hear the motor trying, and if you get someone to hold the switch in you can manually pull the top up. Is this a problem a half-*** mechanic can fix, or best shop fixed. I am very good ith electrical issues, and learn quickly if I have directions to follow. Just don't want to make things worse by trying to fix. This almost sounds like a loose or broken belt, or even some tiype of clutch issue. Can you help with instructions, or steer me to a book or web site which can help me fix this issue.

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  • drews69chev Jan 07, 2009

    I have the same problem, the top goes down but the motor cant push it back up. I can hear the motor but it cant push the top up, i had someone push the up button while i helped it up. I cant find a repair manuel to fix it.

  • Neoamor May 01, 2012

    My top was doing exactly the same thing. I just added fluid to my Vert motor, so it's fresh in my mind, AND the top now works perfectly:

    2001 Mustang GT

    Need Med. flathead screwdriver, 10mm socket or wrench, Turkey baster or eyedropper (will take longer to refill with the small volume of fluid), Dexron ATF. Rag or paper towels, small phillips head screwdriver, or small blunt punch or similar tool.

    This procedure is done with the convertible top "down". In other words: Cockpit exposed.

    1st. Remove the bench back seat (bottom part). There are 2 button latches. Each is roughly in the middle of each "**** area" under the front of the seat. I used a Med. flathead screwdriver to kinda fish for it, running it along under the front of the seat until I could feel the latch. Then you push in on the button (toward the back of the car) while pulling up on the seat. Same for other side.

    2nd. There are 2 10mm bolts holding the back rest part of the back seat. Mine were below the back rest, just under the far right and left edges of the back rest. Then you pull and work UP on the seat, and it eventually comes out.

    3rd. Locate the motor. Mine was on the passenger side, with visible pressure hoses going to it.

    4th. Remove the black rubber plug. The plug is on the side of the motor, and is actually longer and tighter than you might think I had gently work it back and forth and OUT with pliers.

    I had to unlatch 2 wiring cluster plugs to get them out of the way of the rubber reservoir plug. They appeared to be for the biamped stock stereo. You may not have to deal with that part.

    5th. Fill the turkey baster with Dexron ATF, then put the fluid into the small hole where the plug had been. I put a towel under where the fluid hole was, as a preemptive strike against the inevitable dripage.

    Fill it until it a little fluid runs out of the hole. Use the small phillips to reseat the rubber plug slightly, using the small hole in the middle of the exposed side of the rubber plug. Now cycle the top up and down a few times, so the hydraulic lines and motors will "drink" the fluid. Repeat the filling procedure, and repeat the cycling procedure until it will no longer take any fluid.

    Once you're satisfied with fluid level in the motor, use the small phillips (or similar tool) to push the plug all the way back in to it's original position.

    Reverse the seat removal steps.

    My motor took about a cup or so of fluid. The top started to go "up" again after the very first load of fluid.

    Good luck!

  • Neoamor May 01, 2012

    My top was doing exactly the same thing. I just added fluid to my Vert motor, so it's fresh in my mind, AND the top now works perfectly:

    2001 Mustang GT

    Need Med. flathead screwdriver, 10mm socket or wrench, Turkey baster or eyedropper (will take longer to refill with the small volume of fluid), Dexron ATF. Rag or paper towels, small phillips head screwdriver, or small blunt punch or similar tool.

    This procedure is done with the convertible top "down". In other words: Cockpit exposed.

    1st. Remove the bench back seat (bottom part). There are 2 button latches. Each is roughly in the middle of each "**** area" under the front of the seat. I used a Med. flathead screwdriver to kinda fish for it, running it along under the front of the seat until I could feel the latch. Then you push in on the button (toward the back of the car) while pulling up on the seat. Same for other side.

    2nd. There are 2 10mm bolts holding the back rest part of the back seat. Mine were below the back rest, just under the far right and left edges of the back rest. Then you pull and work UP on the seat, and it eventually comes out.

    3rd. Locate the motor. Mine was on the passenger side, with visible pressure hoses going to it.

    4th. Remove the black rubber plug. The plug is on the side of the motor, and is actually longer and tighter than you might think I had gently work it back and forth and OUT with pliers.

    I had to unlatch 2 wiring cluster plugs to get them out of the way of the rubber reservoir plug. They appeared to be for the biamped stock stereo. You may not have to deal with that part.

    5th. Fill the turkey baster with Dexron ATF, then put the fluid into the small hole where the plug had been. I put a towel under where the fluid hole was, as a preemptive strike against the inevitable dripage.

    Fill it until it a little fluid runs out of the hole. Use the small phillips to reseat the rubber plug slightly, using the small hole in the middle of the exposed side of the rubber plug. Now cycle the top up and down a few times, so the hydraulic lines and motors will "drink" the fluid. Repeat the filling procedure, and repeat the cycling procedure until it will no longer take any fluid.

    Once you're satisfied with fluid level in the motor, use the small phillips (or similar tool) to push the plug all the way back in to it's original position.

    Reverse the seat removal steps.

    My motor took about a cup or so of fluid. The top started to go "up" again after the very first load of fluid.

    Good luck!

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I had the same problem with my 95 GT. You may have a leak in your system (motor, lines, cylinders). It seems there just isnt enough fluid to push the top up. I think Ford used the same system for 01 also. I had to replace the hydraulic cylinder that pushes the top up. My fluid leaked out because one of the cylinders was bad. This may be the problem. Located the motor and look for leaks.

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