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jay04v6

2003 Targa roof squeeking and slow to open

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Hello all- my absolute mint 996 Targa, is officially driving me nuts. Squeeking and rattling constantly. also slow to open. I have had the back access panel off and see all of the equipment, but no idea what to lube to repair the slow opening. As far as the sqeeking, can anyone suggest a lubricant or type that i should lube the rails. Thanks all

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It may not be the rails. Check the seat belt housing in the back. That was what was squeeking on mine. I used a smalll peace of rubber tubing to stop the squeeking sound. It made the dring experience so much better

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A lubricant for this application that is hard to beat (although it is a tad pricey) is Dupont Krytox, in a spray form. It's an excellent lubricant that does not attract dust or dirt and to which these do not stick. It's long lasting and is chemically inert.

You can also use white lithium grease (spray or tube), but it is tacky. It won't wash off easily and is very affordable.

Regards, Maurice.

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thanks gentlemen. having the krytox name will help a lot and i will purchase and use. I will also check the rear seatbelts as well. i really appreciate your responses. i will report back

regards-jay

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HI All- i utilized the krytox on the rails, eliminated all squeeks and rattles. I went deeper thought and removed the back panel (inside) and the 2 panels that contain the gearing for the roof. lubricating them with white lithium grease also sped the roof closure. it seems though that the motors are still working pretty hard against the mechanisms that are pushing forward and pulling rearward the sliding roof. i ran out of time and closed it up, but my gut feel is that the next step will be to remove the cover holding the gears, and i should have visibility to what the gearing is pulling/pushing, and be able to hit that with the krytox or the grease. i am going to take pics and document for all 996 and 997 targa owners to have (not too many of us). should accomplish in the next month or so....stand by! Thanks for the responses

Also- due to all the direction on this site, and Streathers essential companion, i changed the oil and filter, air filter and cabin filter- all without drama or problems...a great weekend.

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HI All- i utilized the krytox on the rails, eliminated all squeeks and rattles. I went deeper thought and removed the back panel (inside) and the 2 panels that contain the gearing for the roof. lubricating them with white lithium grease also sped the roof closure. it seems though that the motors are still working pretty hard against the mechanisms that are pushing forward and pulling rearward the sliding roof. i ran out of time and closed it up, but my gut feel is that the next step will be to remove the cover holding the gears, and i should have visibility to what the gearing is pulling/pushing, and be able to hit that with the krytox or the grease. i am going to take pics and document for all 996 and 997 targa owners to have (not too many of us). should accomplish in the next month or so....stand by! Thanks for the responses

Also- due to all the direction on this site, and Streathers essential companion, i changed the oil and filter, air filter and cabin filter- all without drama or problems...a great weekend.

Did you ever get a chance to document this? I'm having a similar issue, but having some pics of what needs to be greased would help me a lot! :)

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No- i did not document. quite frankly ii just squirted some of the dry lube on all of the rails and header (front of the car) and it seemed to help a lot. The gearing in the panel behind the rear seat is very simple. just take the covers off and slowly carefully pull the gear (s) out. wipe off the old grease (probably dry and brittle) and regrease- this does not affect any noises, it only speeds the roof opening closing. seems like it works less hard. Do not push the open close button while the cover is off, the gears go flying! The covers i am referring to have the hole for the manual open/close tool- see the owners man. Hope this helps-let me know how it goes.

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