Jump to content

Server Lease Renewal/Software Licenses

Our yearly server lease, software licenses, as well as hardware operating costs, ARE due Dec 6th, 2021. Our current donations have fallen far short of the funds we need to renew. Please remember the RennTech.org community is Member supported so please consider a donation to help...  THANK YOU!

Welcome to RennTech.org Community, Guest

There are many great features available to you once you register at RennTech.org
You are free to view posts here, but you must log in to reply to existing posts, or to start your own new topic. Like most online communities, there are costs involved to maintain a site like this - so we encourage our members to donate. All donations go to the costs operating and maintaining this site. We prefer that guests take part in our community and we offer a lot in return to those willing to join our corner of the Porsche world. This site is 99 percent member supported (less than 1 percent comes from advertising) - so please consider an annual donation to keep this site running.

Here are some of the features available - once you register at RennTech.org

  • View Classified Ads
  • DIY Tutorials
  • Porsche TSB Listings (limited)
  • VIN Decoder
  • Special Offers
  • OBD II P-Codes
  • Paint Codes
  • Registry
  • Videos System
  • View Reviews
  • and get rid of this welcome message

It takes just a few minutes to register, and it's FREE

Contributing Members also get these additional benefits:
(you become a Contributing Member by donating money to the operation of this site)

  • No ads - advertisements are removed
  • Access the Contributors Only Forum
  • Contributing Members Only Downloads
  • Send attachments with PMs
  • All image/file storage limits are substantially increased for all Contributing Members
  • Option Codes Lookup
  • VIN Option Lookups (limited)

can't get top in service position


Recommended Posts

i just had a look at a friend's 2002 S who's top won't go down. only one side of the clam shell moves. so after lot's of diligent research right here, i found the two most common problems (broken ball joint and flexible drive cable failure). i could reach down the side of the soft top and feel that the ball joint was fine but getting to the cable by the motor was difficult.

i'm wondering, how do you disconnect the clam shell so you can swivel it open? i looked at the "Conv top R&R" thread which says to put the top in the service position. but that's the problem, the clam shell doesn't move at all on the passenger side.

i managed to slide my hands under the clam shell (carefully) and disconnect the cable all by feel. i found that the square drive part had been shorn off of the cable.

but now it would be good to be able to open the clam shell so we can replace the cable. any help would be very much appreciated. thanks in advance.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well if you were able to disconnect the cable then you should be able to trim off an inch of the plastic sleeve to expose the drive cable.  Once you have done that you can use an electric drill to spin the cable and open that half of the clam shell.

i was thinking that but it's very difficult to trim the housing off of that cable since it seems to be metal reinforced. i tried with a utility knife but couldn't get through it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators

There is no fix for a broken drive cable. It needs to be replaced.

This is not my picture but I saw a car (it was a 2002) just like this 2 weeks ago being worked on by Van. The twisting of the cable as the top goes up and down causes it to fail.

Never seen this happen on a 1997-2000 with the original style cables that were sided. On 1997-2000 there was a left and a right cable. On the newer cars there are still 2 cables, but they are identical as there is no left and right .

The old style sided cables had all the little wires running in one direction for the left side and in the other direction for the right side. I will have to look at the one cable fits both sides and see if this feature was eliminated and that is why they fail.

post-4-1127362453_thumb.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

Hi

I have a very similar prolem, but my owner's manual only describes how to put the top in service mode (manual operation) when it is down.

Mine is up and 1 side of clamshell does not go up.

I would like to know what to do, without causing (further) damage to the roof parts. Here is a more complete story:

While I was closing my roof (at the very end of the closing cycle) I heard some noise – resembling quiet grinding.

The roof closed properly.

As I carefully tired to open it again, I saw that the passenger side of the clamshell did not go up.

I stopped the operation and closed the roof.

I was told it is quite likely the roof motor on one side that is damaged, but before I order the part(s), I would like to manually lower the roof and identify what parts I need exactly.

Would you be able to describe how to do it (or scan the relevant pages)?

Do you know how I can identify what exactly went wrong?

Many thanks for your help

There is no fix for a broken drive cable.  It needs to be replaced.

This is not my picture but I saw a car (it was a 2002) just like this 2 weeks ago being worked on by Van.  The twisting of the cable as the top goes up and down causes it to fail.

Never seen this happen on a 1997-2000 with the original style cables that were sided.  On 1997-2000 there was a left and a right cable.  On the newer cars there are still 2 cables, but they are identical as there is no left and right .

The old style sided cables had all the little wires running in one direction for the left side and in the other direction for the right side.  I will have to look at the one cable fits both sides and see if this feature was eliminated and that is why they fail.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.