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Old 02-01-2009, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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semi-automatic top

So my semi soft top doesnt automatically close, in fact the switch does nothing, but even manually when i go to put it down myself.....the fabric doesnt fold right and the back top piece never closes all the way...is it because the automatic portion actually latches the top down??
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So my semi soft top doesnt automatically close, in fact the switch does nothing, but even manually when i go to put it down myself.....the fabric doesnt fold right and the back top piece never closes all the way...is it because the automatic portion actually latches the top down??
Hi,

I have a semi top. On day my boot would not close by itself so I started messing with my top. I think that is when I broke this rod. Now my boot closes, but my top does not open or close. I can manually push the top back into the compartment but and then hit the button to close the boot. Same thing when I open it I can push the button and the boot will open. Then I pull the top and the back of the top goes up fine to let the boot close. I am going to pickapart or try and find this rod for cheap somewhere.

Check your rod and make sure its not broken. I heard it is the main drive motor rod. Or something like that....its driver side under the boot.

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see mine is not broken....
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Have you tried to do a re-sync?

Go to You Tube and look up how to do it there is a DIY that might help. I did that trying to fix my issue and that can be the first part.
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Here ya go. I'll save you the trouble.
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