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Convertible top not working

Motor or another component causing top not to raise or lower convertible top. Would like to repair, however, cannot locate motor or assembly to proceed.

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  • jbeaver111 Jun 22, 2009

    I'm working on a 93 cavalier Z24 convertible.

    I have to 'help' the top when raising it and will retract 'down' with little help. Don't know the system, whether their is another mechanism along with the motor that actuates the system to raise and lower top.

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Before you even begin, I would check prices and availability. A lot of top parts for this are no longer available or VERY expensive. All parts are under panels in rear. Just be patient and remember where they go.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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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 .


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  • 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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The body control module controls all the functions of the convertible top. The body control module supplies a multiplexed voltage of approximately 90% of ignition voltage to the power top switch. Through a series of resistors the power top switch switches the circuit to ground depending on the position of the switch. The BCM then supplies the ground path for the up or down relay as requested. The power top switch has a 4.7K-ohm diagnostic resistor that allows the BCM to detect a possible open circuit.

so we need to pull codes to properly diagnose the system

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The convertible has a feature that allows the operator to lower all four windows and lower the top at the same time. This is accomplished by pressing the power top switch to the second detent. Through the multiplexed circuit of the power top switch the BCM will supply the ground for the window drop relay assembly.
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