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Chrysler Seabring 1998 TOP hydraulics

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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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.
Karl at Topgunwon.com

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