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Top will not go back up. it needs assistance to raise back up

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Sounds like you may need a new pump for the top there is a hydraulic pump i believe it is in the trunk area or it may need topped off and air bled out of itthere is a small set screw remove this from the pump resevoir thn use atf to top off install set screw and run the top a couple of times if this doesnt work you need a new pump

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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.
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  • Damaged raise/lower relay .
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  • Damaged folding top switch.
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I can closed the back passenger window


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