Hi I have a Chrysler Seabring convertible whose top is not moving very well, I have purchased and placed the 2 new hoses had to order 2 as they did not come as a set???? anywho... I have them on and the motor makes noise I tried to bleed the system (No bleeder valve that I can see) took a hose off let it feed through some and still no ACTION lift... HELP please
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Re: Chrysler Seabring 1998 TOP hydraulics
You are probably low on fluid.
Behind the rear seat is your motor/pump/reservoir combination.
With the top DOWN, fill the reservoir to overflowing with ATF.
Cycle the system a few times and repeat.
Do this till the reservoir will take no more fluid.
Check the lines and cylinders for leaks. The fluid must be going somewhere.
If you replace any lines or cylinders, always do them in pairs.
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The top is operated by a electrically driven hydraulic pump, so more then likely you have a loss of fluid due to a leaking hose or cylinder and this lowers the system pressure and causes the top to stop functioning.
There are many possible causes of this problem on the convertible Sebrings, the most common problems are as follows;
1) The cargo platform in the trunk is in the wrong position which blocks the rear window from folding downward. Ensure that the cargo platform is in the down position before attempting to operate the top.
2) The Hydraulic pump is low on fluid, it is located in the trunk, in the left rear corner, underneath the carpet. Inspect the fluid level in the reservoir.
3) There is an electrical fault in the system.
4) There is physical damage to one of the panel pivots, inspect for panel binding while the top is moving.
A couple questions for you;
When the top stops moving can you still hear the pump running or does it go quiet?
When the top stops moving does the cluster display "convertible top in operation" or "convertible top malfunction" or something else?
Report back with anything you find or if you need further help.
Your top is moved by an electric motor wich operates a hydraulic pump which moves two pistons which move the top.
The "oil" thet you see is probably hydraulic fluid leaking from the drain hole in the car near the tire.
You have a leak in the hydraulic system.
You need to start at the motor/pump/reservoir unit behind the seat and find the leak.
Most commonly, it is a bad line. Second in popularity is a bad cylinder(s). Third on the list is the motor/pump/reservoir.
If you replace a line, do them all. If you replace a cylinder, replace them both.
The problem in my Jag was the hydraulic cylenders that raise the top. The seals in the cyl's leak by, and there isn't enough pressure to lift the top. No external fluid leaks, just internal to the cyl's. I had estimates from 2 shops to replace the units. $1,500 at both shops. I purchased the cylenders for $750 and replaced the myself. Required refilling the tank on the pump in the trunk, passenger sideb behind carpeted panel. Works like new again.