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top won't go down

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Hey Folks,

Wife came home and top would not go down. When pressing the button you hear pop pop pop....but top will not move.

So I manually put it down by poping off the clamshell ball and smaller ball.

I then checked the took off levers and checked alignment markers.....lowered the top slightly to allow the clamshell balls to be reattached.... seems to lower fine....then raised it. All seemed fine except the motor did not stop like normal and I hear pop pop pop.

pushing down or up on button I get the same sound.

balls seems to be intact, cable looks ok on motor side.....do I have a top transmission/gear issue?

Please advise.


98 boxster

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Hi Ned, I just spent the weekend putting my top into shape. What a mess. Not a guru but I’m fresh from the trenches. From going through this myself (and reading zillion threads) the gears seldom if ever seem to be the prob.

Being a 98, my guess would be the cables, loosing engagement and temporarily throwing your alignment off. You said you checked them out. Did you pull them out of the motor and check how much cable is sticks out (should be about 3.4”)? This seams to be a common problem which has symptoms similar to yours.

The failure to stop says “micro-switch”. But that would be a remarkable coincidence unless your alignment (side to side)was so far off that the switch behind the drivers left shoulder never got tripped.

Just about any thing that can go wrong with these tops is covered in a whole section here somewhere. Sounds like you’ve already done some home work though.

Good luck, P.K.

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