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Convertible top how do i lower the top manually?

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If you unhook hydraulic cylinders then top will move manually.

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Top worked fine yesterday but today tried to let down only clicked


It is a hydraulic pump that applies pressure to the 2 hydraulic pistons to raise & lower the top. So, check for something obstructing movement first.

The convertible top:
  • is motor-driven.
  • requires parking brake engaged to complete circuit for operation.
  • is equipped with a back window glass (42006) . The back window glass is permanently attached to the folding top back window curtain (52500) and cannot be opened.
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VISUAL INSPECTION CHART Mechanical Electrical
  • Damaged fluid reservoir.
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic cylinders .
  • Damaged folding top motor upper and lower hose .
  • Damaged convertible top regulator.
  • Parking brake not engaged.
  • Open power distribution box circuit breaker CONV TOP (30A), fuse junction panel Fuse 1 (15A).
  • Circuitry open/shorted.
  • Damaged convertible top switch.
  • Damaged raise/lower relay .
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .


  • Convertible Top Does Not Raise/Lower
  • Open circuit breaker or fuse.
  • Circuitry open/shorted.
  • Damaged folding top switch.
  • Damaged raise/lower relay .
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
  • Parking brake not engaged.


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Jun 29, 2011 | 1998 Ford Mustang

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The convertible top on my 2001 BMW 325ic will now


DID the top just stop? Have you lowered it before? If you have lowered it before then I am sure you are doing it correctly (parking brake set) Go to a place that is familiar with repair convertible tops. Like the dealer or a bmw specialist. they should charge a couple hours or less to tell you what is wrong. You can try a couple of things yourself but even for an experienced mechanic it is difficult. If they have a bmw code reader and not a generic one, it may tell you what sensor or motor is at fault. Sometimes the switch itself goes bad. Try pushing farther down on the switch or apply pressure at an angle on the switch. That will only work if there is a bad contact on the switch, and if it works you have a bad switch, but I doubt it. Go into your manual or online and it will give you information on how to lower your top manually. When you lower your top manually you disengage the motor (which is in the trunk). Then you could try to engage the motor and see if it will lift up and close. Sometimes this will re-time the top and that is all that is needed. Otherwise get it to the dealer. If your mechanic wants 1000 he does not want to fix it or does not know how. The motor may cost a 1000, but usually it would make noises or poop before going out and most repairs are sensor related. Hope that helps

Apr 17, 2010 | 2001 BMW 325

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Convertible top and rear windows will not close


do you see any visible reddish in color in the vehicle or on the floor ?

Aug 27, 2009 | 1997 Jaguar XK8

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2005 PT convertible top won't raise - can top be manually raised?


Check your manual for the location of the top fuse.
Your car left the factory as a hardtop and was converted to a soft top by a Chrysler authorized company so the top fuse(s) may not be with the other fuses.

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Jul 25, 2009 | 2000 Ford Mustang

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My convertible top wont go up


You are probably low on fluid.
Behind the rear seat is the motor/pump/reservoir.
With the top down, fill the reservoir with ATF.
Cycle the system a few times.
Repeat till the reservoir will accept no mor fluid.
Chedk the lines and cylinders for leaks. The fluid must be going someplace.
You can change it to a manual top by removing the bolt at the top of the cylinders and lowering the both shafts down into the cylinders.

Jun 26, 2009 | 1999 BMW 323 Series

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Convertible top on BMW will not raise or lower. Is there a manual way?


you can change to manual operation by pulling the releasse lever under the l/r seat and this deactivate the moters the roof will open and close manual but you will have to comvert the rear lid when open to secuer the resar lid when the roof is open and this to hold it down.two ruber hold downs like you would use a a beash buggy bonnet

May 24, 2009 | 1994 BMW 3 Series

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The convertible top will not go up or down, although it sounds as if it wants to. Is there a way to manually raise/lower the convertible top?


There are 2 hydrolic rams that raise and lower your roof. You can just disconect them from the top, then manualy raise and lower the top. But it sounds more like your fluid level is low. Open your trunk and find the pump pull the plug and fill the resiorvor.

Apr 27, 2009 | 1999 Chrysler Sebring

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Top lowering problem on 2004 Saab Aero Convertible


I have a 2004 Saab 9-3 Arc convertible that had the same problem. The spring on the hinge assembly for the package shelf latch assembly was broken. The part itself is over $300. If you have someone remove the spring, your top will work again. You'll just have to put up with the top shelf hanging down in your trunk about 1 foot, but you can still manually move it to place things inside like your luggage or golf clubs.

Apr 23, 2009 | 2004 Saab 9-3

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Lowering convertible top


There should be latches you have to pull first to unlock the top from the windshield. Pull down the sun visors, the handles should be under them. Then push the power top switch.

Mar 06, 2009 | 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

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Cannot find the fuse for the convertible top's hydraulic pump


drivers kick panel shows a convertible top fuse , #4 15amp fuse .now i see something in the schematics called TOP STACK , googled it and it refers to a convertible top , wierd , but anyway , it shows a top stack switch , a top stack main relay and a top stack fuse and a top stack relay . if you have the same manual , work with me , does your motor that powers the top have a blue/red and a blue/yellow wires to it , and the switch does it have a blue/red , a blue and a black wire ? do you see in your manual a top stack fuse r/b #3 ?

Jan 09, 2009 | 1992 Toyota Celica

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