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Old 10-20-2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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I have a 1997 Boxster. I recently had it painted and the canvass top removed and the plastic window replaced by my local upholstery shop. All was okay but when the top was reinstalled by the shop several problems had occured. These are:

1. The Top Light at the gauge cluster still remains lit whether fully closed or fully opened.
2. The Sensors in the latch are I think okay because when I open the lid atop the windshield, the windows roll 3-4 inches down as what I have read from previous posts here.
3. The edge of the canvass does not fall inside the guide channel on the right side just before the top closes.
4. A loud banging sound is heard at the read area of the cables (sometimes left, sometimes right side) just after the top closes.


Obviously the shop people are not pro's when dealing with convertible tops and might be way out of sync. Now I just want to sync everything properly right from the start just to be sure everything is in order.

Can anyone please give me a guide on how to completely sync my convertible top to make it function 100% properly. A guide with pics is the best since I am really new at this and I am not familiar with part names, descriptions etc.

I know this is the best place to get the infos I need as my friend suggested. Kindly consider my request. This would help me a lot and also a valuable read for a lot of forumers here with the 986.

I am hoping for your kind consideration on my request.

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Old 10-20-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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might try looking at 101 projects website, lots of info on there.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:40 PM   #3
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This site has a good description of how to fix the edge problem.
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The top light may be staying on because the sensor switch that detects the top is closed is slightly out of adjustment or the new top is still too tight to allow it to close far enough to trip the switch.
My light does not go out until the very last little bit of movement of the frame. You can hear the motor straining to move it that last little bit to get the light to go out.
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #4
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This site has a good description of how to fix the edge problem.
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The top light may be staying on because the sensor switch that detects the top is closed is slightly out of adjustment or the new top is still too tight to allow it to close far enough to trip the switch.
My light does not go out until the very last little bit of movement of the frame. You can hear the motor straining to move it that last little bit to get the light to go out.
Where can I find the sensor switch upon closing and opening? So I may inspect it or maybe do something that would trigger it earlier. Or if you would be so kind enough to give me a pic of the location since I am not really familiar with part names etc hehe.

Thank you for replying my friend!
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Obviously they didn't do it right. I just replaced the top myself and don't have any of the problems you describe. The sliders probably aren't fastened correctly, and the top needs time to stretch.
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:48 PM   #6
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Page 61-6 of the Bentley Repair Manual has good pics of the switches and locations. It says it is for 97-99, so I can't look at my car since it is a 2000.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:50 PM   #7
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Page 61-6 of the Bentley Repair Manual has good pics of the switches and locations. It says it is for 97-99, so I can't look at my car since it is a 2000.
I think I dont have this manual. Where can I get this "Bentley Repair Manual" online which you are reffering to?
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I think I dont have this manual. Where can I get this "Bentley Repair Manual" online which you are reffering to?
Amazon.com carries it.

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