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  1. Life is good on the farm. I pulled the handbrake cover from the console hoping to wiggle and jiggle the microswitch back to life. As soon as I pulled the cover I noticed what I thought was loose insulation coming out from under the console. I've seen this before and recognized that mice had taken refuge in the console over the cold Chicago winter while the Boxster was supposed to be comfortably resting. I had previously googled "Boxster Console Dissassembly Instructions" and found such on a different site. My keyword search on this site failed to find anything so if anyone would like to
  2. We checked for the e-brake idiot light and found that it doesn't come on. I'm going to see if I can find any pics on these threads showing me where the switch is to try to clean it, wiggle it, and/or jiggle it into action. Sometimes these detailed technical procedures work. Hope the weather cooperates for the Boxster Summit.
  3. Maurice, Thanks for the continued help. I hope you had a nice winter. Chicagoland was a long and blustery winter with more snow than I've seen since moving here from VT is '98. Anyway, I did check the fuses right off and didn't see any issues. I'll recheck the specific fuses you detailed only because I was relying on the index that was under the fuse box cover. In all likelihood, I checked them already but who knows. The car was purchased used and you never know if manuals and such things are the originals. I also made sure the brake was pulled up all the way but didn't know to check i
  4. After rereading my post I must clarify my statement that the motor never stopped running after reaching the closed position. What I meant was that it didn't automatically shut off. Releasing the dash switch that operates the top did cause the motor to stop running.
  5. With Maurice's excellent advice last fall I was able to get my friends' 2000 Boxster S top operational albeit with a couple unresolved issues. The Dash Light never turned off with the top in the closed position and the motor never stopped running after arriving at the closed position. But my friend was very pleased to have it operational after some years thinking it was going to cost $9000 to get it working again so she wanted to enjoy the remaining good weather days and deal with the remaining issues this spring. At the end of the season, after she opened and closed the top multiple times
  6. Thanks Maurice, I'll try your suggestion. I did operate the transmissions in both directions without the top attached prior to full re-assembly. I found that the motor stopped in one direction but not the other. I didn't take the time to try to figure out which way the motors were going (open or close) but in one direction I was able to turn the transmissions a full 360 degrees. At that time I decided to install the top and try to figure it out after. I wasn't looking at the light when I did this experiment so I can't say if it went out or not, but I suspect it didn't. The car was
  7. Looking at my earlier pic at full size the wires are blue and gray. So it appears to be the microswitch you thought it might be. Where is the female side of this connector located? Thanks C
  8. M, The wires are definitely coming from the top. The top was not attached to the car and the wires were hanging from it when I re-installed it. If you look at the pics from my earlier posts - specifically the one with the top on my workbench - you can see the wires and what appears to be a switch of some sort at the knuckle of the top on the drivers side. Is this the B-Pillar microswitch you're referring to? Thanks C
  9. Can the top be closed with the latch in this position? Should it be?
  10. Mostly good news, The top and clamshell are functional again. They open and close smoothly with a few issues yet to be resolved. 1) The clamshell closes tight on the open top but the "Open Top" light never goes out and the motor doesn't shut off. 2) The latch on the front of the top doesn't seem to fit in the valley of the engine cover when left open. The top doesn't seat well at full open. We've been closing the latch prior to completion of the full open position. This works but I don't believe this is normally needed. 3) There is an electical connection hanging from the top that
  11. M, Progress Report! All went quite well this weekend. I was able to replace the broken clamshell lever and hinges and hooked up the v-lever on one side. Because I'm still waiting for a transmission cable I wasn't able to complete the job but all is looking good. I was able to straighten out the transmission on the side that had been damaged and while using my hand to guide the other side the clamshell opened and closed smoothly. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the transmission cable because I believe with another hour or 2 of labor the top will be fully functional again. I'll
  12. Maurice, You're right, it'll be that much more satisfying when the top is back in working order. The issues are not insurmountable, though I'm a bit nervous about trying to straighten out the inner fender. I wouldn't be as nervous if it were my car! :0) Thanks for the help. I'm waiting for parts and I'll keep you posted. C
  13. M, So I dug in deeper and I'm a bit discouraged. I found the inner fender on the passenger side sustained some damage causing the transmission to be out of alignment with the clamshell hinges. It's not real easy to see from the pics but the pushrod doesn't line up very well. I also found the transmission cable on the drivers side had been sheared at the motor. Seems like a relatively easy replacement but I'm not sure why it sheared. (the inner cable had sheared directly at the point it meets the outer sheathing) The motor works as do the transmissions but I'm not sure what to
  14. Thanks M, I'm going to be taking another close look at the car this weekend and making final preparations to actually do the repair. I'll take another look for the relay. The pic on it's location shows why I didn't see it. I was looking a little too low. I'm pretty darn sure I've got the "B" version transmissions. If I read information correctly these transmissions determine when the motor shuts off in both directions. If this is correct, I'd like to run the transmissions to the end stopping point in both directions for a couple reasons. First, I tried the motor last weekend to se
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