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Have had the Mazda Bongo roof (AFT) problem - couldn't get it to go down. Finally used the recommended method of unbolting the motors and pulling the roof down by hand with a rope. So far so good. BUT I now have the problem of how to get the roof back up, with no motors! The roof seems to be hard latched down. If I could get it up just a bit I could maybe move the sliders and slowly get the roof raised. Can anyone help? How do I get the roof back up when the motors are disconnected? Many thanks.

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  • ian6584 Sep 06, 2010

    Do you know for sure that there's a roof latch and if so, where do I find it?

  • ian6584 Sep 11, 2010

    Thanks. Solved the problem and you were sort of right BUT it was a real struggle. The 'latch' was inside the roof - one each side - and consisted of a roller in a channel latched under a retaining lug. In the end had to unzip the roof tent to expose the ventilating mesh. Then poke a screwdriver through the mesh and try to locate the 'latch', then hit it with a lump hammer to move the roller out of the retaining location! All of that from the inside with 6 inches of 'headroom'!
    Many thanks.

  • ian6584 Sep 11, 2010

    The right approach but the space in which to do it severely restricted! Had to be done though and thanks.

  • ian6584 Sep 11, 2010

    Motors are INSIDE the closed roof and thus inaccessible! Thanks for your help.


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Hi! Have you tried looking at the roof latch if theres a little opening that you can use a screwdriver to loosen it off?

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    Hi! HOws it going?


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Why not check the motors, see of they are getting current, fix them, the switches, or whatever else is wrong, and then raise the roof normally. Until the motors are fixed, you don't want to raise the roof. If you are not sure how it latches, then go to a local dealer and pretend you are interested in buying a new one. They will show you exactly how they latch down. But it is probably solenoids, and you can still probably operate them electrically even though you have disconnected the motors. That is unless the motors somehow pull the latches. But that should be apparent by by looking at the drive mechanism when you disconnected the motors.

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