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Hello all,


Hoping to find some help on this issue.  I've done a bit of research on the subject and so far no resolution.


My 2001 996 Cabriolet top is not retracting into a open position.  I guess if its stuck, better in the closed position for now :thumbup:


I have tried the recommended "easy" fixes to see if I can resolve and none worked.  Tried resetting hand brake, open and closed rear deck lid .... no success.


When trying to operated the roof switch, I hear a couple of clicks in the back engine bay area and the red light for the top on the dashboard blinks...


Any suggestions?

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Hello... To follow up on your follow up


kbransma -

Q:Does the light on the dash come on when the emergency brake is set?

A: YES, it flashes


roadrunner68 - 

Q:Its probabbly a snapped cable, happened twice on my Boxster.

A:  Hmmm, did you have the exact symptoms?  Where do I check the cable?



Q: check all the microswitches. Most likely the left or right flaps. there is a lid "locked" microswitch.

A:  I have heard about the microswitch issue.. Where do I find them and what am I looking for?


I would obviously like to fix on my own, not sure what parts and work is entailed compared to just getting if fix by dealership

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FYI also wanted to add that this issue happened a day or so after washing the vehicle.  Not sure if water had any affect but wanted to 

relay this as a coincidence?

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In regards to the parking brake dash light....


IF the light is ON on the dash (when the parking brake is pulled up/engaged), "most likely" the switch is "OK".....but it may still be a problem when you activate the convertible top.


IF the light is OFF on the dash (when the parking brake is pulled up/engaged), most likely that is the problem.


The diagram attached is for a 1999 996 convertible.




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  • 3 weeks later...

So just an update, sorry for the delay on response....


(hey dgjks6, nice to hear from you hope all is well!)


It just so happens a day or so after my last post, the top is now retracting and closing normally.


My only thought is that after washing, there may have been some water infiltration into the rear engine/top housing/assembly affecting the the electrical/operation of the top.


At this time, we are back in business but a bit perplexed.



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  • 7 months later...

So I finally thing I have the answer to this issue.


there is a brake "switch" that is a known issue with this part that goes bad on these years 996's 


Its a $15.00 part but need to open up front and center console to get access to parking handbrake to replace this part.


Any DIY on how to properly remove center console to get at the switch? 


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