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My electric roof wont work is there a way to manualy take roof up and down on my convertable

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  • mitchg1969 Sep 30, 2008

    the back window wont lift on mine but the front goes half way down. i just want the top to go up and down, i dont care if i have to do it manually but apparently this is difficult because i have been looking for this answer for a couple months. if no one can give us an answer im going to reverse engineer it this weekend, ill let you know if i dont ruin it

  • Martin Lombardi May 25, 2013

    Mitch, same problem, let me know if you find solution

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Its a 1996 saab. the red handle only releases the back motor which controls the front of the top. the trick seems to be to get the back window released.

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After I finally figured out how to get the top down manually and what a goofy move on my part, i forgot to put the windows down! wow what a difference it moved so easily hahaha, now i am finding it difficult to secure, latch the tonnaeu cover down , i dont want to drive without it latched any tips tricks or is it something else simple i am not getting? i tried to manually latch them but not happening.. PLEASE help! Susie

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BEHIND THE BACK SEAT ON THE DRIVERS SIDE IS A RED HANDLE I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT PULLING THIS ALLOWS THE ROOF TO OPERATE MANUALLY

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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