Convertable top wont go down..I hear motor running
My 1999 cabrio convertable top wont go down, I pulled up the emergency brake like normal, release the lock handles, push the power button .....I can hear the tops motor trying to take it down, but it dosnt move....could the hinges have come loose? If so, where do I find them. What should I check.....Thank You....Eileen
Re: convertable top wont go down..I hear motor running
Your top motor is in the trunk on the drivers side wall behind the panel. Remove the two screws to remove the cover. Check the fluid level in the reservor. Check that no lines have come off of the pump and have someone pushing the top down button while checking. If this is not the problem, then it is a possibility that the e-brake connection is not working right.
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try a spray lubricant into the motor mechanism and grease any visable wire cables that run from/to motor ,not the electrical cables the bare wire winder cables,also grease/ lubricate any accessable pivot/hinge points , gently pull the cord and gently push the roof back and forth occasionally trying motor with a bit of patience this should get the roof moving , also look for anything that may be snagging the roof/mechanism as there is a pressure protection system to stop the roof being fully closed on say someones hand so preventing injury
Check to see if the top motor is running when you press the top up
switch. Car has to be in park with emergency brake engaged. If motor
runs but top will not move or binds then one or both of the lift
cylinders are bad. Usually there will be hydraulic fluid leaking from
the cylinders if one or both will not hold pressure. Replace cylinders
if bad. The top could probably be manually closed if the lift cylinder
arms are detached from the top frame.
If motor does not run when the switch is pressed then check your fuses,
the switch and the connector at the top motor to see if it is getting
the shift interlock is not releasing. You are doing emergency release procedure with engine off and key in off position.
Likely you don't have brake lights either. When you step on the brake with the key ON, it releases the shift lock solenoid (and turns on the brake lights).
Check to be sure the brake light switch on the pedal arm has the wire going to it and you can hear it click on and off.Check the fuse for the brake lights too.
Try pushing it down with your foot again and pulling up on the release at the same time. This should release it. Also try backing up while you pull the release. Sometimes this will jar the cable to release. THe cable may need to be replaced
If motor does not run when the switch is pressed then check your fuses, the switch and the connector at the top motor to see if it is getting power. Remember the car should be in park with the emergency brake on. The key switch has to be in the run position. If you can hear the motor running check for the smell of hydraulic fluid. It could leaking from the cylinders that pull the top down and push it up. If one or both will not hold pressure. Replace cylinders if bad.
If motor does not run when the switch is pressed then check your fuses, the switch and the connector at the top motor to see if it is getting power. Remember the car should be in park with the emergency brake on. The key switch has to be in the run position. There are two release levers that need to be pulled out and they are located above both of the sun visors. Press the switch just to the left of the emergency break lever. If you can hear the motor running and the top still doesn't go down, check for the smell of hydraulic fluid in the trunk. It could leaking from the cylinders that pull the top down and push it up. If one or both will not hold pressure. Replace cylinders if bad.
You have to put hydraulic fluid (power steering fluid will work too) in the convertible top motor. The motor is in the trunk, on the left hand side, under a panel. Pull the panel off and that is the electric motor for the top. You'll see a reservoir where you put in the fluid. Put in the fluid and you'll be good to go.
The convertible top motor and release lever are in the luggage compartment. From the Bentley manual, the following general procedure is suggested in order to close the top in an emergency situation. Main motor. To release the top linkage from the motor, lift the left corner of the rear seat to access emergency release handle. It is then possible to push the top manually to a near closed position. In case of the semi-automatic top, simply attach and lock the front latches. Front latches. Once the fully automatic convertible top has been released from the motor and manually pushed to near-closure, emergency latching of the top is possible by using the S-shaped hex key provided in the emergency tool kit(attached to the trunk lid underside). First, remove the the plastic cover over the latch motor in the front bow of the convertible top. Next, use the hex key from the tool box to crank the front latches shut.