5 Most Common Convertible Top Problems
In this article, you will learn about some of the most common convertible top problems followed by FAQ. If you are having problems with your convertible top take a look at the following article as well.
- Convertible top troubleshooting guide
- Convertible Top Maintenance Tips
Common Convertible Top Problems
The Top 5 most common convertible top problems are:
Low convertible top fluid.
Failure of limit switches
Failed hydraulic pump
Worn lift solenoids
Defective relay or corroded contacts
Common Symptoms Convertible Top Problems
Slow convertible top movement
If your convertible top is moving slowly, it could be due to several reasons. Worn out lift cylinders. Low fluid level or air in the lines. Corroded relay contacts.Binding of links or cable. Weak car battery.
Convertible top won't raise or lower
The convertible pump is not getting power, or it is not working. Relay of fuse could be bad. Bad convertible switch. Damaged or misaligned hinge.
Beck lid won't open
Bad limit switch. Low fluid level. Defective deck lid solenoid. Pump not working.
Convertible top won't go down
Bad relay. Flow fluid level. Burned out motor. Excessive friction at hinges and linkage arms.
Convertible Top FAQ
Small patches can be glued. The repair will be visible when near the car. If you are looking for the best solution, you should consider replacing the convertible top.
If you only have a small gap between the top fabric and the rear window a convertible top repair shop should be able to fix. If the rear window glass has started to come off, it will be almost impossible to reattach it to the old fabric.
First, you need to make sure you are following all the instructions in your owner's manual on how to operate the convertible top. If you are following all the steps but still can't get the top to go down it could be due to a bad convertible top relay, burned fuse, hydraulic pump needing to be replaced, defective limit switch, weak cylinder, or a hydraulic line leak.
Slow convertible top movement can be caused by low hydraulic fluid level, worn lift cylinder or a pump that is failing.
If one side is getting ahead of the other, you may have a worn lift cylinder or a stretched or broken tensioning cable.
Rubber strip that goes between the convertible top and the frame of the car.
Yes. If you have experience working with car, you should be able to change a convertible top yourself. Make sure you have another person help you as you replace or install the convertible top.