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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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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?

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Old August 4th, 2006, 12:39 AM   #2
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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
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Old August 4th, 2006, 11:22 PM   #3
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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?
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Old August 5th, 2006, 12:08 AM   #4
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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.
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Old August 6th, 2006, 04:35 AM   #5
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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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