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My convertible top wont go up

I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier convertible, and recently when I engage the convertible top, it rises about halfway and stops. It goes down just fine, but does not close all the way. Is there a manual release for the convertible? And also, is there a problem with the convertible motor perhaps?

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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.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010

  • ringzytom May 17, 2012

    Ok, could i apply this solution to my 2001 Camaro? Today i put my top down but when i wanted it to come back up it wasnt doing nothing. Is it that maybe im low on fluid or could it have something to do with the window controls like the BMWs?

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