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Broken Convertible Top Cover


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All of a sudden today the convertible top cover seems to have broken. When I attempt to open or close the convertible top, the cover only swings open on the drivers side, the passenger side doesn't budge, and then the whole thing just grinds to a halt.

Looks like this is going to be the first extended warranty experience for my reign of ownership. Has anybody experienced this before so I can get a feel for what to expect?

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Sounds familiar. If you download the Katalog from Sunset with all the parts, page 375, part 6, part number 996 561 908 (or 907 depending on side) 02. This hinge has to links that break. Take a look at that picture assembly in the Katalog, and see if it is the part that broke. If it is, it is a simple swap you can do at home. About $110 as I recall.

If that is not the part broken, still that page shows a pretty decent picture of what else is there.

So have some one help you by opening the top, and you can gently help it along to rise so you can see if that is it. Good luck with it, put some pics if you find something else broken. You never know

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All of a sudden today the convertible top cover seems to have broken. When I attempt to open or close the convertible top, the cover only swings open on the drivers side, the passenger side doesn't budge, and then the whole thing just grinds to a halt.

Looks like this is going to be the first extended warranty experience for my reign of ownership. Has anybody experienced this before so I can get a feel for what to expect?

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=8434

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=8502

Hope this will help.

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roblem solved. After tinkering around I figured out that the pin which translates the motion of the actuator to the lever arm which raises the clamshell on the passenger side had come loose and popped out (see photos). Simply had to stick it back in. It seemed to be held in place only by friction. Thanks everybody.

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Any lubrication between the pin and the channel? Just wondering why it would pop besided getting too much resistance-lack of lubricity?

It's not lubricated from what I can tell, not much anyway. It looks like it just worked its way loose over the miles.

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