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Convertible top wont open where is the microswitch located so that i can test it

Convertible top wont open but the windows go down i was wondering where is the microswitch located

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It's located on the lower left of the frame as you are standing facing the trunk - drivers side. You can see how the partition is supposed to press on it. Press it with your finger and listen for an audible click. Tape it in the closed position to "fool" the car and see if the top works. It may be bad, broken, or just out of position. Or your partition my need some adjustment and is not pressing the switch properly.

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