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1997 boxster top cables

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:( Help! My 97 boxster top will not go up. Dealer says that it needs cables. $500 to $600. I am a decent mechanic but have never done anything on convertible tops before. Where can I find info on how to replace cables, gearbox etc. ? Thanks

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Loren has put all the top problem stuff in one place. Look and you will find.

The cables now have a single part number for both left and right. 986 561 717 03. Does not make sense to me since it is the same part number for the cables for the new style transmissions, as I did not think they were interchangeable.

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Hey Tool Pants,

I'm getting ready to do the cable replacement in the next couple of weeks. I read the other post, and it sounds like rather than replacing the cables, you just replace the plastic housing (I assume you just "unscrew" the old and screw on the new). Is this correct? How much tougher is it to just replace the whole cable?


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We have just replaced the plastic housing because the old metal drive cable was always fine. If it ain't broke....

If you look back I have pictures on how to remove the metal drive cable from the worm gear if that is the way you go.

When you get the transmission out you will see a square plate with 4 philips screws. That plate holds the metal ferrule on the end of the plastic housing in place. Remove the plate, pull old plastic housing off, and slide new housing on. I grease the drive cable before replacing the housing. If you have a can of spray grease then you can give the inside of the new housing a shot.


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