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Old 05-31-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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what's wrong with my top?

Before leaving the house this morning, I put the top down and heard what seemed like a bit more noise than normal, though the top went down without issue so I disregarded it.

Upon arriving at work and putting the top up, no unusual sounds. However, I walked around to the passenger side and see this bit where it should not be. What is this piece and what may have caused it to arrive in this position?



I will drop the top again on my way home and see what happens...

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Yeah, that piece goes on the inside, not the outside. I'll snap a pic for you in a bit if no one else chimes in.
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interesting, i have a plastic part like that in my front trunk, laying there since i bought the car. Have no idea where it should be! Perhaps i can put it in place after particlewave's answer
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Yeah, that piece goes on the inside, not the outside.
I figured that much out, thank you

Just curious if there are any thoughts as to why it decided to venture out this morning?
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Mine have come off before. They are just not attached well.
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Here you go.





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Old 05-31-2012, 07:16 PM   #7
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Mine have come off before. They are just not attached well.
+1

P Dealer said they aren't important.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:23 PM   #8
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I think they are supposed to keep the top out of the clamshell linkages, but I don't see that they do much of anything.
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They may also direct rainwater to the drains?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:07 AM   #10
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After putting the top down last night, unsurprisingly the plastic bit did not magically go back to its starting location. So I wound up just pulling it out and throwing it behind the seat

This week I will try to find some time to see if I can figure out what happened and if it can be reversed. I suspect that it wouldn't be there if it didn't serve some purpose or other... Thanks for the input.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:01 PM   #11
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Okay, that was a snap to put back in place.

How novel: a repair that took 2 minutes and cost nothing!

Now, lets see how long until it pops out again...
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:54 PM   #12
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I do think it serves a purpose with the top down for aerodynamic noise reduction or buffeting.

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