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Resetting my convertible to work after I used the manual release to put the top up

I can't get my top to work after I used the manual release to put the top up. I understand I need to have the top recaliberated.. and I would like to know how that's done..

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After a manual raise or lower of the convertible top using the red latch behind rear seat....Gap in cover near window right ? Unhitch the cover on the passenger side rear near gas tank and inside you'll see the convertible motor. The rear level disengages the motor so you can move the top manually. Snap the motor back into place and then push the top control to fully close the top eliminating the gap. Then you'll have to find out why it stopped in the first place.

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Once you use the release to operate the top manually, it will work as before BUT will not latch to the tonneau cover in the back anymore. You need to go the dealer or an independent who is Tech 2 equipped for top re-programming. This is a proprietary diagnostic scan and programming tool and is the ONLY tool that can be used to program a Saab.

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