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I have a 2005 ARC Convertible. The top is up. When I press the button to make the top go down, nothing happens.

There is no sound, no warnings on the display or any other indicator that something is wrong. I checked the fuses, all okay. I had the diagnostics run and nothing came up. Any ideas?

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Do you know where are the two levers on left and right side when open the tailgate? The one you open to raise the soft top from behind?
Well, one of them is not close tight enough. Open it up and close it back. There should be small click from the sensor. Sometimes the sensor won't get engaged and it won't allow opening the top, assuming it's open from the other side.

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DID the top just stop? Have you lowered it before? If you have lowered it before then I am sure you are doing it correctly (parking brake set) Go to a place that is familiar with repair convertible tops. Like the dealer or a bmw specialist. they should charge a couple hours or less to tell you what is wrong. You can try a couple of things yourself but even for an experienced mechanic it is difficult. If they have a bmw code reader and not a generic one, it may tell you what sensor or motor is at fault. Sometimes the switch itself goes bad. Try pushing farther down on the switch or apply pressure at an angle on the switch. That will only work if there is a bad contact on the switch, and if it works you have a bad switch, but I doubt it. Go into your manual or online and it will give you information on how to lower your top manually. When you lower your top manually you disengage the motor (which is in the trunk). Then you could try to engage the motor and see if it will lift up and close. Sometimes this will re-time the top and that is all that is needed. Otherwise get it to the dealer. If your mechanic wants 1000 he does not want to fix it or does not know how. The motor may cost a 1000, but usually it would make noises or poop before going out and most repairs are sensor related. Hope that helps

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I have a Renaut scenic 16cc 2003. Everything was fine until I stoped at the shops went to start the car, and I have no dash lights The car will not start as I have no ignition lights I have checked all the fuses including the engine ones, Can someone out there please help

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SOURCE: Convertible top won't close

Hi there.
Can anybody help me.
I have a problem with my vw golf convertible 1997.
The top will not open or close,
I can hear the motor going but nothing will work.
There is enough fluid for the top to work.
Please help me please.

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There is enough fluid for the top to work.
Please help me please.

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