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Convertible top sticks, will not fully open

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  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2009

    in mine the top does not fold up all the way , not letting the hard top to close < that said i have to open it back up and try again

  • jhardin184 Mar 13, 2009

    i'm having the same problem with my 04 350z

  • Snowman1976 Apr 07, 2009

    Im going to try that (lubrication) when I get home - just bought the car and have only played with it for a day.

  • caniac36 Apr 17, 2009

    I have a 05 model with the same problem, the dealer said it was probably a switch.

  • rachellane Apr 27, 2009

    My problem is a little more extensive. I have an 04 350z convertible and my roof has stop opening all together. The local dealer is telling me it is the motor and the control module in the car. Pls pls pls can anybody help me with this. There's no point in having a convertible if the top doesnt work.

  • B4DAVIS May 09, 2009

    I read the comments with regards to peoples 350Z convertible top troubles. Mine started off struggling and now it barely ever works at all. i want to lubricate it but have no idea where on the car I can access the proper place to lubricate. Can anyone help me or send me to a site that has these specs?

  • Jeff Jun 18, 2013

    I had same issue. Recently had the dealer replace the straps that pull the top. Works like new now.

  • Jeff Jun 18, 2013

    I had the same problem. Dealer replaced the "straps", that pull the top.. Cost just over $200.00. Works like new.

  • Jeff Jun 18, 2013

    Mine is a 2007.

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The support bar right above your head has 2 elastic bands attached to it, one on the drivers side and one on the passenger side. After time they lose their elasticity and don't pull this bar (the one with the top attached to it) down when you retract. If it doesn't pull down, it will stay up (forward) as the frame retracts and get jammed up in the rest of the frame. Worst case it will pop the metal clip which holds the center of the cloth top to it (it is the length of the bar and spot welded to it) off. It will also put holes in your top on both sides as they don't fold down under and instead get crimped in the frame. Temp solution is to push that bar down as it retracts. Permanent solution is to repair the elastic sooner than later before it wrecks havoc with the whole frame and motor.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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    Katharina Roelcke Jun 18, 2014

    What motor will this problem cause trouble too? As there are three motors?

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Try using a D R Y L U B R I C A T I N G spray, not WD40 as wet lubes will attract and hold dirt.
Also, refrain from using car washes which could possibly put pressure on the top mechanism rods.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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I had the same problem with my '04. Took it to the dealer who blamed it on poor lubrication, due to lack of use. He sprayed the mechanism with WD40 and it started to work. Later I added some silicone spray lube and I haven't had a problem since.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

  • jacz350 Jan 28, 2011

    Where did you spray the WD-40 / silicon spray? Can you describe it in further detail? I'm having the same problem on a 2004 nissan z

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How do you patch up holes on a cloth canvas on a convertible?

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The WD40 solution worked!! I plan to add some silicone spray lube when I have a chance but it works. Save yourself expensive dealer money!!!!

Posted on Mar 29, 2009

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Also, if it's cold out, it is just due to the fabric being stiff. Let it warm up and that should correct it.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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Get a large male or female and and a farely large ladder. make them sit on the top and it should go down.

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