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1999 Saab 9-3 convertible. Motor to top is dead. $1600.00 to replace. I know I can make the top come down manuelly but how?

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  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2008

    Mine died too. In the owner's manual it tells you how. You have to use the tire iron to do it. It sucked so I paid the $2200 to get it fixed. Good luck!!

  • clarke6569 Apr 06, 2009

    i dont under stand how to take it down to

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There is a manual release behind the rear seat on the passenger side. Pulling it releases the tonneau motor plate away from the gears, allowing top to be raised and lowered manually.Once this release is used, the back bottom edge of the top will never seat against the tonneau again until the top is repaired.

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