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Old 09-24-2011, 11:39 PM
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2000 996 automatic convertible. Top went down fine and now it won't go up. Light just blinks when I push the button and no sounds what so ever....
Any thoughts. 83k on car.
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:47 PM
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Is the engine cover closed and latched?
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:44 AM
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It is closed and latched. Top went down and then driven when got back home it just blinks. When it went down everything felt and sounded normal. Seems like it's something simple but it's dark now. Something sounds like it is trying to work in back of driver but can't figure out what.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:05 AM
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Sounds like it may be low on oil, check the hydraulic oil level in the pump. It lives behind the panel behind the rear seats, but check the easy things first.

Do a search on "top won't close". There are a few things to try. Open & close the engine lid, work the parking brake a couple times (switch might be stuck), check all fuses, then check the oil level in the top pump reservoir.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:37 AM
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And remember, you can always put it up (and to serviving position) manually.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:54 AM
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I had this happen and if I recall correctly it was the emergency brake sensor that was bad.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:48 AM
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Just to follow up, since I have the exact same problem....

When the oil level is low, is the hydraulic motor really quiet? I would have thought that you still can hear the motor running.

Also, the parking brake switch, is that interchangeble for a coupÚ switch?


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Is the parking brake relevant for 2000? On a 2003 according to the manual you can be moving up to 30mph.
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So, if the parking brake light in the instrument cluster work, does that mean the convertible top switch also work?

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My money is on a microswitch.
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Had a similar problem. I topped up the hydraulic fluid but it seemed pretty full already. Now on occasion, the top sticks, but maybe once every 10 times. Search this topic and you will get some suggestions.

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check the fluid
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I will check fluid today and get back on here and let you know if it helps
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Originally Posted by LVDell View Post
My money is on a microswitch.
Mine too.....
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Can you still put the top down with the key in the door if it's the parking brake sensor or micro switch?
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