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2004 Beetle convertible top won't open or close

Top opened most of the way but wings styed up and now top won't open or close. Is there a fuse number?

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  • julie_toms Mar 22, 2009

    i have the same problem.i have closed it,but can't get it to lock in to close all the way....

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Hi, same problem here. I've take it to VW twice for this issue, just before the warranty expired, then just after it expired it happened again. Taking it in on friday, its very frustrating, i've had the hydraulic pump replaced and several micro-switches. 

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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Try using the all windows up and down button (Drivers side on door), evidently after you change your battery this is the reset proceedure.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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SOURCE: COVErt Top stops before it is all the way down

Try using the reset proceedure of simply turning the car on and use the all windows up and down switch on the driver side door. This is used when the battery is replaced. It might re-set your motor.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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SOURCE: 2004 Saab 93 convertible top will not close; just

Lubricate all parts on the top that pivot and check the fuse for a blown one. If the fuses are good then it may be a relay not sending power to the electric motor. Hope this helps. Good luck

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 beetle convertible top detached from window

My problem has been solved. I contacted the VW Customer Service and spoke with an advocate. The advocate and my dealership reached a conclusion and VW has decided to replace the items to alleviate my problem at their cost. Sometimes, dreams come true. Good luck to all of you who have similar problems with your VW Beetle convertible. It took quite a lot of patience and determination on my part, but the VW advocate was sympathetic to my plight since I'd never taken the vehicle anywhere else but the dealership for all repairs. The repairs have not been completed yet, so I cannot say whether or not the dilemma is, indeed, solved.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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I have had this problem with my 2005 S4 Cab - sometimes the top will not latch. I have found that this was because the fabric near the rear passenger window was not folding into place over the steel structure. I just back up the top and made sure the fabric unfolded and all was well.

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

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