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  1. Hi all, Over the past 6 months I have now broken 3 convertible top transmission cables (i.e. motor-to-transmission p/n 986 561 717 03). This is after not breaking any of these cables for the first 19 years of the life of the car. I believe what is happening is that the motor is being allowed to run too far past the fully open and closed positions (seems most likely the top-closed position as the breaks have occurred 3 of 3 times when the top is closed or closing). After reading many of the posts about the microswitches that control the power to the convertible top motor, I believe this is likely my root cause. However, I am unclear which switches I need to check for my model year (2000). I understand that I have the later-version transmissions which have a switch inside the transmission case and I confirm that this is the model that I have. I thought this was the switch that controlled power to the motor and to turn off the dash light. But I am not sure if I also have the switch in the B pillar (986 613 767 01) and/or the switch in the roof (986 613 101 02), or if/how these switches control power to the convertible top motor. Many thanks for any guidance you can provide!
  2. So, in the process of getting ready for the summer at NE, I tried two months ago to open my convertible (C4-99). The convertible stuck at 2/3 and didn't go back. I got the car to my indie, stayed there for two weeks and got it back un-repaired. He told me that he tried everything, did recalibration and still, he couldn't fix it. I gone to the dealership too, paid $540 for diagnosis and they told me that they have to replace latch and/or module and since I'm loosing some oil from the cylinders, both cylinders. They quoted me $5400. I hugged them and left :) Now, the last 2 weeks: Durametric comes up with error 16 (unknown error - latest version of the software) In the beginning, when I tried to calibrate with durametric, it was pulling the top back and then it was timing out but without any warning light on the dash. After this was done the only way to close the convertible was manual. This happened more than 10 times during my tries. Now, durametric doesn't do anything at all, I just get the 'working' icon and nothing happens. I follow the workshop manual and I changed the following with no changes on behavior: Module Top latch Still nothing. To add on this, when it stops I hear a 'click-click' sound from the back. The sound is from the module itself, but as I said, I replaced the module and nothing changed. The clam shell opens and closes/locks fine. I don't get a warning light when I'm closing the convertible. I'm getting a warning light only when it stuck. All windows are going up and down. The hydraulic oil is always full. Any ideas or suggestions are strongly appreciated.
  3. Greetings Renntechers. My 2002 C4 Cabrio top more often than not, will fail to open or close when using the switch. It always works (up/down) when I operate it with the key. Condition under which the top will consistently work: * insert key into the door lock * turn left or right and hold * top goes up/down respectively Conditions under which the top INconsistently works: * Key on the ingition (engine running or not) * e-brake engaged all the way * door(s) open or close * activate the convertible switch Results: * Sometimes the top will go Down, but most times the top indicator on the dashboard will blink 4 times and nothing happens * Sometimes the top will go UP, but most times I'll get the 4 blinks * Sometimes the top will go UP/Down without any issues, under the same conditions. Battery is less than two months old, and have no indication that the battery may be the root of the problem All joints on the top are properly lubricated Do not hear any grinding noises, and when the top moves, the top motor is smooth and quiet I've read all I could find on this topic and I'm leaning towards a microswitch, Shouldn't the 4 blinks indicate which microswitch to replace? how do I test each? Thank you
  4. Does anyone know how difficult it is to replace the convertible top drain pan hose? I will be replacing the drain pan also. Can you see the hose and how to install it after the drain pan is removed? Can the hose be removed and reinstalled from above, or do you you also need access from under the car? Where is the drain hose clamp located? Is it likely to need replacement also? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  5. So few weeks ago I got a new top for my 99 convertible. Its a glass top little upgrade.. but now I regret it since I have so many other problems, maybe the glass it too heavy. So the topped stopped closing properly. It will move into closing positing but is short few inches. So I have to stop it then manually pulled it down so it can latch properly. Then its fine. My top installer and top manufacturer say the top needs to stretch etc.. Today I discovered that with my PST2 when I do convertible top calibration the top will close right to the end it does not latch but it does go right to the end. I figured that because during calibration the hydraulic motor mechanism runs for 9-10 seconds while in normal operation mode it stops after 6. Does anyone know how to change the run time to 9. Calibration comes out as perfect the computer says done ok no errors. I read something in the manual about potentiometers and measuring something at each stage of the roof. I have no idea what that is and how to do it. Anyone has any suggestions?. 1. I Could wait few more weeks for the roof to stretch more and maybe that will get it back to normal. 2. See if I can change the motor run time.
  6. Hey all, I have an intermittent issue with a convertible top on a 2003 Boxster. After the car has sat for over a week the convertible top won't go up or down via the switch on the dash. Thanks to the great advice on these forums I was able to eliminate a lot of potential problems (parking break dash light, micro switches, blown fuses). Then I came to some suggestions involving the relay panel and, sure enough, if I pull a relay and put it back in, the convertible top switch on the dash works again. What I can't figure out is why this works. It seems like I'm pulling the wrong relay? I 'borrowed' this pic from another thread because the relay panel looks the same as mine. Everything I've been reading says that the convertible top relay is the long rectangular white box. However, when I pull the smaller white box to the right of it and put it back in, the one with the blue sides (see pic below), the top works again. In case anyone can't see it from the above, here's another pic... The relay I pull to get the top to work again is the one to the right of the yellow outline: Does anyone know why the top works by pulling the wrong box, to the right of what should be the convertible top relay? What is this relay, and if I replace it would it alleviate the issue?
  7. Okay well against advice i bought a 99 porsche back in august because it was in great condition etc. I have been having it worked on here and there when i have a chance since august (both diy and mechanic for more advanced things) So far the fixes have included serpentine belt, fuel filter, oil filter and oil change, master brake cylinder, air filter, wheels, both window regulators, and steering wheel bracket.Every now and then we have had problems with the top not wanting to come down but for the most part it always works fine(yes i know about making sure the brake is all the way up etc) but the MAF code came up last week and they are trying to get the top to go down to acces the engine compartment but it just wont go down. they said that when the light on the dashboard for the convertible top isnt even showing anymore when the car turns on. They checked the fuses and the fuses are fine . Checked B6 and D3. Do you guys know of anything i can do to see why its not working or even to manually try to get it down so we can access the engine compartment. Aside from that since we got it, when the car is idling it tends to stall at times with the idling dropping below 7k. We have bene going down the list of things it could be and was hoping the changing out the MAF would fix it since that was the code that was now showing but if now what else could be the problem? Seeing as to how much ive put into this car already and i absolutley love this car i drove it from cali to texas and it drives great, but it seems that every time i get one problem out of the way another one arises :/ Should i try to fix up the last of it and hope thats it or just sell it and try to recoup my losses?any and all information or help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help
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