The top was replaced last year and it was working, (going up and down), but now nothing. When I pull the e-brake on, unlatch top by twisting handle, and lift up on the console switch the top detaches from windshield but you don't hear the motor. The dealer where I bought it said his mechanic said the motor was good but there is some electrical problem that he can't figure out. What is the most inexpensive way to diagnose this problem?
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Top stopped working on my 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet. Had to have motor replaced last year at dealer. Luckily, I had Costco 7 year extended warranty that covered it. Service told me that the Costco plan is handled by the same company that handles the Audi extended warranty.
no need to convert.
the electic roof can be opened manually by:-
unlock the roof using the handle on top of the windscreen and push roof back as far as posible.
lift flaps adjacent to door pillers
you will see a small lever which can be retracted (both sides)
when these levers are retracted the roof will push down fully into its compartment
when erecting the roof ensure that the two levers are fully open to accept the roof retaing lugs
Almost all power convertible tops are electric over hydraulic. The ecectric motor runs a hydraulic pump. The pump pushes fluid to the cylinders that work the top. Most are located behind the rear seat backrest. Either remove the rear backrest or access the motor/pump from the trunl. It will be shaped like a cylinder. At one is the electric motor, at the other end is the hydraulic reservoir. At the end of the reservoir is a rubber plug. With the top down, remove the plug and fill it with tran fluid till it over flows. replace the plug and cycle the top up and down as far as it will go. Repeat the process till it will take no more fluid. A turkey baster with a piece of vacuum line makes a good filler tool. With that said, you must find the leak. You may have a leaking pump, hydraulic line or cylinder. RNever replace one line. Do them all. Always replace cylinders in pairs.
the hydraulic fluid may be low. the pump is located in the right side of luggage compartment. it has a plastic fluid reservoir which often has hair line cracks near the mounting screws. fluid seeps through cracks. reservoir needs to be replaced.
As noted in one of the earlier questions on the topic, it appears (will verify for certain after the pump is removed) the plastic resevoir tank has cracked and the hydraulic fluid was lost. Leakage was visible in trunk once spare tire removed.
Audi also noted this is not unusual for a vehicle this age, and the replacement tank is a $100 kit.