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Boxster top problem

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Heard a strange sound yesterday when I started lowering the top.It stopped moving instantly, and was stuck in the fully closed position.After a quick Internet search I removed the clips from the joint where the arms are attached to the clamshell. I could now open the clamshell and evaluate the problem. On one side the plastic socket that attaches to the ball at the B-pillar is broken. On the other side the ball by the B pillar is missing. I have ordered new sockets, but how do I fix the missing ball? I then removed the damaged arms, and reattached the clamshell. The motor operates fine, and the transmissions seems to be in sync. Clamshell goes down evenly on both sides. Problem is when it goes fully down, the motor seems to over tighten it, so it jams..Have to pop out the bolts again..works fine, but over tightens and jams..Any suggestions appreciated!!

Regards Svein

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In addition to buying the plastic socket/push rod unit from Porsche, you can also buy the ball pins.  They bolt on and carry part number 986 561 879 00.  You may want to purchase the nut as it is probably impossible to find and hard to fish out.  You cannot expect the top to operate with out the ball pins in place and properly connected to the push rods.  You don't have the car model info , but it must be my2000 or later. These limit switches determine the point that the top is to stop and tells the motor to stop.  Without the top connected to the ball pin and connected to the push rod, the limit switch will never "know" when to stop the top motor.  Replace the damaged pushrod(s) and ball pin(s) and all should be well.  I always check that each gearbox on each side are exactly in the same position and I check that the gap at the front is uniform across from the passenger to the driver side when the top stops when closing and before you latch it.  If not the top is bent, the gearboxes are not in sync or needs a pushrod adjusted.

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