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Old 07-11-2011, 12:41 PM
Ryan87 Ryan87 is offline
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Softtop does not close anymore (semi-aut)

Dear Forum members,

I have a question about a malfunctioning softtop. The problem arose from the moment I installed the hardtop on the car. The softtop has been stored in de cover for 1,5 years. After removal of the hardtop, the softtop came up electrically and functioned well until the tension point. However, when I want to close the last part by hand (semi-automatic) it seems to be really stuck. There is no movement at this stage and it looks like something blocks the top. Even at the emergency operation the softtop cannot be closed manually from the tension point on. Therefore, I expect that there is no electrical but mechanical problem in the soft top. With the headliner still on the roof, I have tried to feel the joints at the tension bow linkage and the top frame pivots for any movement. The tension bow linkage is still bended and cannot be straightened (even not with pressing by hand).

My question according to above situations is whether some of you have experienced such a problem and could give me some advice or perhaps the possible solution(s) ?

Thank you in advance for your comments and advice !
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