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I cant get the convertible top to close. I just bought the car and it will not close. Is there a switch somewhere that I could have pushed unknowingly? Is there a fuse that could be blown?

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  • edsrpm Jul 21, 2008

    I can't get ours to open. We just bought the car and have no idea how to work the convertible top!

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    There is a missing metal piece on the convertible top driver's side. If I can replace that piece it will close. I need to know the name of the piece so I can order it.

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Make sure you are pressing down on the break.

Also, to get the top to open you have to pop it up a bit manually. Then hold down on the break and press the button.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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