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'00 S, top stopped working

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Hi there,

My top stopped working this weekend, I was able to unhook the clips to open the clamshell but now I am not sure how to proceed.

My Y-levers are not aligned, so I played around with the button and at first both moved but now the driver's side one stopped moving and only the passenger side one moves. I think I need to realign the transmission but even after going through the forum I don't really understand how to do it.

Is there anybody in tha Bay Area that could give me some additional pointers?

Thank you,


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Your car has the new style transmissions, and the local owners are use to dealing with the old style.

I think with the new style you have to line up the 2 alignment marks on the transmission, like in the pic below. A mechanic I know at Stevens Creek takes the transmission out and takes a drill to the cable to get the marks to align. Then the transmission is bolted back in. The cables are then connected to the motor. The V levers are bolted in. The push rods are hooked up.

I have not done this myself on a new style transmission car, but watched the mechanic do it. Told him I thought is was too much work to do it that way, but then I have no experience with timing the new style transmissions.

On your car both sides need to move together, and they must be aligned. I do not know if you have a problem with a cable or a transmission or something else, without seeing the car.

If you and Mark from Sunnyvale wants to come by my office near the San Jose Arena we can take a look. Mark knows more about the top operation then me.

Or, maybe you can bring your car to the August 19th tech session in Santa Cruz.

Or, bring your car to Rector Porsche and ask for Peter Smith.


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Thanks for your reply.

I would love to take you up on your offer and come by your office.

Just let me know when would be a good time for both of you and I will fit it in.

I have been trying to get to the transmission and for that I assume I need to get the V-levers off but that screw is really hard on there, I cannot unbolt it, unless there is another trick...

I would like to give it another try with some experienced help, and if unsuccessful I will bring it to Rector Porsche

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