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fourbarks August 3rd, 2006 11:27 PM

Power Top Fails to Open/Close
Recently I've had intermittent problems with the top failing to open or close. It seems to work more often if the e-brake is only partially engaged so I'm thinking that perhaps an adjustment needs to be made.

Has anyone else run into this problem and if so, is there an easy fix other than a trip to the dealer?


Tom M August 3rd, 2006 11:39 PM

What year is the car?

This sort of sounds like it might be the handbrake microswitch in the process of failing. If it is the switch then it's an easy fix so long as you are willing to take things apart :)

fourbarks August 4th, 2006 10:22 PM

It's an "02 so I don't have "on the fly" operation. I don't mind taking things apart but putting things back together is not much fun...

I suppose I could install the "Smart Top" plug-in and that would take care of it and make life easier anyway. Has anyone used one of these?

Tom M August 4th, 2006 11:08 PM

The "Smart Top" and other add-ons won't impact the problem you're experiencing so if you want that capability it's best to resolve your other issue first.

To replace the microswitch you'll need to remove the rear console (the part that runs the length of the interior) to gain access to the switch. The part's only a couple of bucks so the painful part if the R&R of the console and being careful not to scratch up the handbrake leather.

You can find instruction on how to remove the console here as part of the B&M short shift installation process.

MarkieJ007 August 6th, 2006 03:35 AM

I had the same problem last week, no brake light on the instrument panel, so took the console apart, made sure of the conections, cleaned the surfaces and now wrks perfect again, although I did scratch my h/brake a bit.

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