My boyfriend is unable to operate his convertible roof on his Porsche Boxster which has been sitting outside his house for a while. The car is a 1998 model on a (T) reg. The windows and indicators both work. Could it be a fuse or somethng more technical?
I had the same issue, and I found out there is a switch under the center console that is depressed when the hand brake is engaged. sometimes this swith gets stuck. u can unscrew a portion of the center console from the ashtray i believe and unjam the switch. i hope it helps
Amazing!! Really frustated, was a lovely sunny day after work today and the roof wouldn't come off, got home tried to fix it by looking at the fuse but that was ok. Googled "my boxster roof wont work" and came here, the solution was perfect, now works! and the sun has gone in! Thank you very much
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Re: convertible roof down not work
Actually, there is a small panel that is at the Emergency Brake handle. To remove it, just pry at the top with a small flat tool, e.g. a butterknife, and remove it. The switch that you are looking for is a "micro-switch" which is the one directly below the handle assembly. If you cross the two wires going into the micro-switch, you can test if this IS the problem. You can cross them with a paperclip, as this is non-damaging to the wires, and coupling. IF this works, tyou must relace the switch, ifit doesn't work, then try the relay over the left foot of the driver. It is the BIG one that goes all the way across the panel. It is centerally located, and is double sized. It is longways horizontally. GOOD LUCK! Thanks for calling FixYa.com
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To close the top, the parking brake must be engaged and the ignition in the ON position. Assuming that these conditions are met, you can close the top manually if needed. The procedure involves (1) removing key, (2) removing convertible top link covers, (3) gently prying conv top lid links on both side, (4) lifting the conv top lid to open position, (5) gently prying the red links off, and (6) finally manually lifting the top to the closed position.
Before taking such measures, if you do not hear the motors, check the B6 and D3 relays. You might also want to check the microswitch on the top/center windshield frame.
I've got exactly the same problem. As suggested before checked the fuses, checked the brake light comes on don't know what could be the problem. Spoke to an independent porsche mechanic who says its probably a cable jam in the roof. £120 to unjam. I've got my doubts as there is no noise or anything its just dead!! Any joy with your roof any help would be most appreciated.
Check that rear boot lid is closed. Open and close it again to be sure. Check if handbrake warning light functions, because if this light does not function, then the roof will not work. If the light is not working, work handbrake lever up and down rapidly and you might get the switch to work again for a bit and then check the roof switch again. If all these are fine, then further diagnosis is required on switching, relay etc..
Jun 20, 2009- Hi, try the below, it worked for me. Just cut and pasted mine. Hope it works for you.
All sorted, thanks. I did check the fuse and it was OK. Thankfully I found another problem the same on here which suggested it might be the microswitch under the handbrake lever which de- activates the hood. Prior dismantalling the centre console I thought, maybe if it's stuck a bit of wiggling of the hand brake might just do it. I released the handbrake and pressed it down with a bit more than usual force several times repeatedly into the off position. Lo and behold, I pressed the button again and it worked!!! Hooray for the internet!!! Thanks so much, had the pound signs flashing before my eyes for a moment!!!