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Convertible top problem- inoperable

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Old 04-11-2019, 05:21 PM
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Convertible top problem- inoperable

05 Mini convertible. Top is stuck about 1 inch from total close. Sunroof motor turns about 1 and 1/2 turns via power button or manually with allen wrench. I see movement in latching mechanism on both sides but sunroof section will not move in either direction. I can manually open latches and manually get top up about 8 inches, then it stops. Also have failed quarter window mechanism but can't get assy out without getting top open. Any help would be greatly appreciated
 
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Old 04-12-2019, 06:09 AM
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Hello, Check this out for the top cables and motor. my guess is either the cables are broken or stuck and damaged by the teeth on the motor. You will have to pull the motto and inspect the cables. If the cables are not separated or damaged from the teeth of the motor, its possible the that motor in the center of the convertible top is bad. On the rear windows they only dip down after the sunroof portion sides all the way back, then they dip for the top to completely open.

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https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...tible-top.html



Motor for sunroof portion of the convertible top.

https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...-position.html

 
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:50 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I already unbolted the motor. The motor gear and cable worm gears are fine and the motor runs fine. The cables move freely and you can see them start actuating the drive mechanism but they stop after about one turn when they are supposed to move the sunroof in either direction. My guess is the sunroof slider is jammed and will have to disasemble at this point.
 
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:04 PM
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Welcome sounds like its jammed or something in the rail is hung up. Yep you will have to take the covers off the sides and look at the mechanics
 
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:02 AM
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Is there a guide to taking off the covers? The Bentley manual doesn't cover that.
 
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:49 AM
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I don't have a convertible, but isn't there a micro-switch under a rear luggage shelf or something?
 
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:25 PM
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Mines it’s a 2006 convertible base and it does the same thing, what I do is with the Allen key I finished opening the sunroof until I see the light on the switch blinking at that point the convertible should continue to open it.
in my case it doesn’t do it so at that point since it’s unlocked i manually grab the roof a pushed back until it rest in the back of the rear seat if you do that make sure your 1/4 windows are down so you won’t brake them.
what is funny the convertible closes fine without my assistance which I believe it’s the hardest part.
the opening part the gravity helps you.
i was playing with the screw to release the hydraulic pressure to me it doesn’t make a difference.
So i leave I as it is and works fine.
Good luck
i believe that our motor it could be tired because i don’t see anything broken at my end neither or jammed.
 
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I cannot unlock the sliding roof to move it.
 
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If you access the motor for the sunroof located at the top between the driver and passenger remove the access cover and with the Allen key help the sunroof to unlocked it, mines take less than one revolution to manually unlock after the sunroof motor stops.
 
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