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Convertible top is making a noise when driving, sounds like something loose and banging

Does a lubricant help and where do you apply it (and how)

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That's strange, make sure the switch isn't stuck on and it's trying to open the top. Also check the hinges and brackets in the back to see if something came loose.

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