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Posts posted by slotsmd

  1. I recently got a 2002 S and can't figure out how the motion detectors are supposed to work. I just assumed that if the alarm is armed, and I stick my hand in the open window, it would go off. But - it doesn't. If I pop open the storage compartment or try to open the door, it does. Is there something I'm missing?

    Any info would be appreciated


  2. Sorry it took me a while to get to this, but I can't figure out how to upload photos - when I try it tells me I can't. If you can clue me in, I'll put some up. The way they did it was similar to the method the guy at emiata uses on his kits - took a template from the original window without removing it, sewed the new one on over it, then cut out the old window. It leaks very slightly if you really hit it with lots of water and I am going to try to figure out a way to seal the seam, but the leakage is so slight I am not really concerned (at least not yet...).

  3. It came loose again, but this time I was able to get it to pop back on the way it should be. I am going to keep an eye on it, and because that part just doesn't look quite right to me, I think I'm going to buy one so I can just swap it out and feel comfortable about it. How do I go about finding the Porsche part number for the ball piece (and the lift arm that goes over it while I'm at it)? I see people on the forums referring to PET and it sounds like they're talking about illustrated parts breakdowns or something like that. Is that the right source, and where do I get one if it is?


  4. Step one complete - I got the canvas off last night in about 3 hours working very carefully. There were a couple of very minor differences from the instructions I got off Mike Focke's site (torx size for some screws, and my top was missing the strip along the rear bow used to wedge the canvas into what the directions called slot 2), but I didn't have any hitches. No way I would have managed without those directions and this forum - thanks for the guidance. Today it's off to the sailmaker's for the window replacement, and tomorrow I put the top back on. I'll post once it's done...


  5. Well, I seem to have managed it, although it really took a lot of force and it still doesn't look like the other side. On that one, the socket is all the way down over the ball, on the one I just put back on, you can still see a little of the ball and the shaft it sits on. It's really hard to tell, but the ball piece (#8) might actually be slightly bent. It seems to be back on pretty firmly and is working fine, though. I wonder if I should order a new ball piece and put that on just to be safe?

  6. I recently bought a 2002 S. Tonight I was putting the top up when I heard the mechanism straining behind me. I looked back and saw the clamshell was coming up unevenly and immediately stopped raising the top. I assumed I had a cable problem since I've read so much about them, but further examination showed that the plastic trim piece clipped to the clamshell arm had somehow gotten jammed between the edge of the car and the bottom of the convertible top, and the arm used to push the clamshell fore and aft had popped off the ball on the rear end of the v-arm of the transmission. I lowered the top partway and the plastic part freed itself and I was able to remove it -it is undamaged. But I can't get the socket at the forward end of the arm to go back onto the ball, and I'm afraid to pound at it.

    Maurice posted an illustration in another thread from February 08 entitled "Ball joint advice, Ball is loose" that illustrated the convertible top mechanism parts. On this diagram the arm I'm talking about is number 10 and the ball is number 8.

    My question is: How do I get the ball back into the socket? When I put it back together as best I could and carefully raised the top, it went up fine, the clamshell did what it was supposed to, so I'm not without a car.

  7. Thanks gents. I'm going to do disassembly Saturday. Those instructions you steered me to are fantastic - I feel pretty confident about the project and already have the spare clamping rails purchased and in hand. On a 2002 how much do I need to worry about the cables? In the maintenance records from the previous owner I see the right side top transmission/cable were replaced about 20 months ago. Should I do the other cable while the top is off?

  8. I just bought a 2002 S. The top is in overall good shape but the rear window is shot. I have been through various forums and concluded I should be able to get the window replaced (or do it myself) rather than a completely new top at this point. I went to a local sailmaker who can do the job for $150, but needs the canvas top removed from the car. He can't work with the bows still installed, it needs to be off the frame completely, so the great descriptions I've read on how to take out the whole top out aren't going to help. I've already ordered the Bentley service manual because I know I'll find it handy (been good for my other cars). Can anyone tell me if it will describe removal/replacement of the top? Also, I'd like to know if anyone can tell me if this is a job for a pretty handy amateur or only for a seasoned mechanic?

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