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My 1998 audi cabriolet roof won't work the release lever inside the car doesn't seem to work. I cannot hear the back hatch unlock when I try to release it. When I start the car, the roof light flashes for a bit, then goes out. We had to manually close the roof yesterday, and now the switch doesn't seem to work.

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  • William Brandon Aug 08, 2013

    There is no release for the top inside the car. Turn key to on position,unlock the top with the T handle at top of windshield.Lift the top away from the top of the winshield and at the same time raise the rear ( botttom) of the top to a vertical posittion. there is a small 3x4'' flap on each side of the car in front of the top storage compartment and inside you will find a small metal tab , you must lift these up ( you will have to do one then the other. Now you can lift the lid and stow the top. Take a look at the latches ( where you lifted the tabs) and make sure they are open to engage the lid. Close the lid. Opening is the reverse.

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It sounds like the cable for the lever is either stretched or broken if it uses a cable. if it's controlled electronically it may be the sensor needs replacing.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

  • Sandy Cardin Mar 18, 2011

    It is electric. Thank you for the suggetion, I will try the sensor

  • Gary Bannon
    Gary Bannon Mar 19, 2011

    no worries mate. i was also thinking you should test electric motor and the micro-switches.

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