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Thanks to everyone's advice I figured out the issue and got everything working again. Turns out it was the serpentine belt, which was absolutely shredded (see picture attached). The process turned out to be very easy and did not take much time at all once I got the engine compartment open. I really appreciate all of the advice! Probably saved me about a grand in dealership fees or something ridiculous for the $35 and 2 hours of labor it too to fix.
Hi JFP, thanks for the suggestions. I started to take a look at these possible places for the issue, but was unable to access the serpentine belt. Currently, my top is stuck in the down position and I haven't been able to figure out how to do the emergency procedure described in the manual. Do you have any suggestions on how I might get it up enough to be able to remove the engine panel behind the seats? I'll keep doing research on my own, and post in here if I make any progress and am able to gain access to the engine compartment.
Hi, my name is Eric and I drive a 1999 Porsche Boxster with about 85,000 miles on it. I've had some issues come up over the past week and was wondering if anyone would know what was going on. About a week ago I took my car out and dropped the top on one of the first warm-ish days after winter. Once I got back to my parking garage, the top would not go up, but was making a noise when I pressed the button, for about 1/2 of a second. I looked at the fuses related to the top and both seemed fine. I also checked the convertible top double relay and cleaned the receptors. My friend and I