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Convertible top and rear windows will not close

Had to manually close the top but rear windows will not close. Tried using the key in the door but that did not close the rear windows nor did the switch to lower the top. I hear the motor run when pushing the convertible top switch but nothing happens. The prior day I smelled something in the car I thought it was gas but it may have been hydraulic fluid. These problems maybe related as the morning after I smelled the fumes I opened the top and lowered the windows and then was unable to close the top and rear windows since this time.

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  • ron1107 Aug 28, 2009

    No I have not noticed in Reddish fluid leaking in the car.

  • ron1107 Aug 28, 2009

    No I did not see any visible signs of reddish fluid. Thanks for considering this problem.

  • ron1107 Aug 28, 2009

    No I did not see any visible signs of reddish fluid. Thanks for considering this problem.

  • ron1107 Aug 28, 2009

    Found the line leaking about a foot from the pump.

    The top has probably been causing a kink or wear when opened as the line is leaking behind the rear passenger seat in the area where the top lowers.

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Do you see any visible reddish in color in the vehicle or on the floor ?

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

  • Duane Morse
    Duane Morse Aug 28, 2009

    some of them run on plastic guides maby the part is worn like a worm-gear

  • Duane Morse
    Duane Morse Sep 02, 2009

    i am Glad you finally discovered the area to look and figure it out

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Principles of Operation
Convertible top operation is controlled by the smart junction box (SJB). When the convertible top raise/lower switch is operated, the SJB commands the front and rear windows to the full down position. Window operation is disabled while the convertible top raise/lower switch is being operated. When the SJB receives a full down input for both rear windows, it commands the appropriate relay closed to raise or lower the convertible top. If the SJB does not receive a full down input signal for both rear windows, the convertible top operation is disabled.

The convertible top hydraulic system uses a 12 volt reversible pump and motor assembly. When active, the pump uses hydraulic pressure to extend the hydraulic lift cylinders to raise the convertible top, or retract the hydraulic lift cylinders to lower the convertible top. The convertible top motor/pump assembly is equipped with a thermal circuit breaker. The circuit breaker typically resets after 5 minutes depending on the ambient temperature. The thermal circuit breaker cannot be repaired and must be installed as a unit with the motor/pump assembly. In the event of a hydraulic system failure, the convertible top cannot be operated manually.

Inspection and Verification
  1. Verify the customer concern.
  1. Visually inspect for obvious signs of mechanical or electrical damage.


Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Convertible top brackets and frame
  • Convertible top latches
  • Convertible top pump and motor assembly
  • Hydraulic lift cylinders
  • Hydraulic lines
  • Bussed electrical center (BEC) fuse(s):
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    • 51 (10A)
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  • Convertible top ajar switch
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  • Convertible top lower relay
  • LH or RH rear power window motor
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  • BEC

  1. If an obvious cause for an observed or reported concern is found, correct the cause (if possible) before proceeding to the next step.
  1. If the cause is not visually evident, connect the scan tool to the data link connector (DLC) and select the vehicle to be tested from the scan tool menu. If the scan tool does not communicate with the vehicle:
    • check that the program card is correctly installed.
    • check the connections to the vehicle.
    • check the ignition switch position.
  1. If the scan tool still does not communicate with the vehicle, refer to the scan tool operating manual.
  1. Carry out the scan tool data link test. If the scan tool responds with:
    • CAN or ISO circuit fault; all electronic control units no response/not equipped, refer to Section 418-00 .
    • No response/not equipped for SJB; refer to Section 419-10 .
    • System passed, retrieve and record the continuous diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), erase the continuous DTCs, and carry out self-test diagnostics for the SJB.
  1. If the DTCs retrieved are related to the concern, go to the Smart Junction Box (SJB) Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index.
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