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Old 11-30-2004, 05:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was messing around under my back seat and pulled that little evil lever that changes my convertable top from electric to manual. It wasn't until after the fact that I read in the manual "to reengage take to the dealer". I doubt, or I hope there is another way to engage it considering I'm a student without much money (and don't want to get ripped off by dealer charges).

Does anybody out there know how to re-engage an automatic convertable top after pulling the lever which makes it manual?

ANY help is appreciated, thank you in advance for your responce.
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Old 11-30-2004, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I will check in my Bentley tonight...or...if anyone has one accessible???
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I will check in my Bentley tonight...or...if anyone has one accessible???
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The motor is in the trunk Go back there and give it a good push make sure it clicks in, I think there is a pin you haft to pull as well.
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The motor is in the trunk Go back there and give it a good push make sure it clicks in, I think there is a pin you haft to pull as well.
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Thanks, I went to try that and realized the lid that covers the convertable top is misaligned, causing the trunk to be unopenable. Do you have any suggestions on how to realign the lid?
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Anybody, please tell how to realign the convertible top lid.
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Damn....I'm sorry...I forgot to look last night...Had to put up the goddamn Christmas Tree...

I'll look tonight....
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Old 12-01-2004, 04:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Damn....I'm sorry...I forgot to look last night...Had to put up the goddamn Christmas Tree...

I'll look tonight....
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Haha, thanks. my problem now is I can't get the trunk open, so look for that if you can. I have a Haynes book, but it doesn't even mention convertables.
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Originally posted by epheterson+Dec 1 2004, 04:15 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(epheterson @ Dec 1 2004, 04:15 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-RIBEMR26@Dec 1 2004, 03:58 PM
Damn....I'm sorry...I forgot to look last night...Had to put up the goddamn Christmas Tree...

I'll look tonight....
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Haha, thanks. my problem now is I can't get the trunk open, so look for that if you can. I have a Haynes book, but it doesn't even mention convertables.
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Well, the tool to put the top up manually unfortunatley is in your trunk....

You shoud be able to get the top back down Manually, but the manual says operation of the top should only be done to close the top, never to open it. But in your case I dont think it will matter because the rear boot lid will not lock and will fly open while driving. So just Put the top all the way up then down before driving this will lock the lid. With the motors disemgaged you should be able to push it down or pull it up.

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DoTheDew: I really want to try that, what process, exactly, locks the lid?
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DoTheDew: I really want to try that, what process, exactly, locks the lid?
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first thing you need to do is manually put the top up or down.
Second go to the back of the trunk re engage the motor
Third Turn Ign key on then off then back on and Put the top up then down.

From there it should be okay to operate, and drive
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:-/ I can't get the trunk to open, even after sitting on the lid and trying to open it. Any suggestions on how to get the trunk open?
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:-/ I can't get the trunk to open, even after sitting on the lid and trying to open it. Any suggestions on how to get the trunk open?
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Silly question but is that car unlocked ? Whats the trunk hitting ?
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Hah, yes, the car is definately unlocked. The convertible top lid is noticably mis-aligned though, which I believe is not allowing it to close fully.. any quick fix?
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Hah, yes, the car is definately unlocked. The convertible top lid is noticably mis-aligned though, which I believe is not allowing it to close fully.. any quick fix?
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give the emergency lever a good pull again to make sure the motors are dis engaged.
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I have the same problem. If you put the roof down manually on the off side (drivers side) look at the catch which the roof falls into. There is a little hole in the catch (campare to other side to see what Im talking about) inside is a small button. Put in a folded piece of card to hold the button down and the boot will open.

I still dont know how to get the roof working now though.
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