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srfrdrew

2001 Carerra Cabriolet Top not opening

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Hello all, recently having issue with the convertible top not opening...

2001 Porsche C2 Cabriolet.

The windows roll somewhat

the roof hatch unhooks

after that roof light flashes

The side wings nor the clamshell actuate or go up.

 

Any assistance would be appreciated.  I did read something about drain holes getting clogged in the boot or engine compartment.

 

Thank you all in advance.

Edited by srfrdrew

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I had this same problem this weekend on my 1999 996. Ends up my the motor that runs my clamshell was broken. I was able to manually open the clamshell and put my top up and down. I found the instructions online. It's behind the backseat. You have to remove the carpet panel. There is a red tool that inserts into the clamshell motor and allows you to operate it manually. After opening it my top work correctly. I still had to close the clamshell manually. I have new parts coming in for the repair.

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Hi Patrick

 

How did you isolate that is was indeed the motor and what parts you needed (Clamshell motor?, etc) Part numbers you are using?

 

Can you take some pics etc, I would assume you and I are not the only ones with cabrio top issues.

 

Thanks so much for your assistance!

 

 

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Just an update, I noticed that my battery was dated from 2014 so I thought it may be a good idea to replace (for good measure) and maybe resolve the opening of the top issue.

 

IT DID! (for now)

 

I'm hopeful that this was the fix, but not sure if this was indeed the root cause or if there is something failing downstream inside the clamshell...

 

Any comments greatly appreciated.

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Just to add note, the top stopped working several weeks after installing the new Battery, it is possible I have a small electrical vampire in the system or more likely this issue is more mechanically related than electrical,  Any additional advise is greatly appreciated.

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Given that 9 motors are involved in opening and closing a cab top, I was warned to only run the top up and down with the engine running.

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