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Convertible top motor has run low on oil. Need to locate the motor and re-fill it. Not sure where the motor is aor how to access it. 1995 Saab 900SE Convertible

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The motor/tank is usually in the boot/trunk, either under the spare wheel or behind a side panel.

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  • jimz4666 Mar 21, 2011

    It is likely this top lift motor is located on the passenger side of the car, under the rear seat. It's located in the floorboard area. The reservoir should be made of an opaque plastic with a metal screw in filler plug directly on top. There will be two lines molded into the plastic. Fluid level should be maintained between these two lines.

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