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Old 09-17-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Convertible top won't open, but windows go down?

I made the mistake of trying to close the top on my 2000 Boxster with the top handle latch closed. I didnt realized the latch was in the closed position and continued to hold the "close top" button down while the latch sat closed on top of the windshield connection segment (rather than interlocking with the connection segment). Once I realized the mistake, I opened the latch, secured/interlocked the top, but now the dreaded "top open" light won't turn off on my dashboard. Moreover, now the top won't open when I press the "open top" button - the windows go down a couple of inches like normal, and I hear the little engine by the clamshell make noise for a second or two, but no movement from the top.

Any suggestions on how to fix it? Doesn't sound like a fuse issue to me. Would trying to close the top with the latch in the closed position trigger some safety cutoff that I need to re-set? Any and all suggestions are welcomed. Thank you!

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Old 09-29-2015, 05:13 AM   #2
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First, check to be sure cables are attached to motor.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:41 AM   #3
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Can you hear the motors running???

Once it's jammed, something usually breaks, like the plastic rod ends the lift the top up and down. There are plastic gears in the transmissions and the cables too. There are some threads here that explain how to get the top to work manually.

Check fuses and stuff yet??
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:48 AM   #4
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I would check the fuses first, I know the C3 fuse operates the top, interior lights, and windows. It doesn't sound like that one though if the windows are lowering. There may be another fuse for the top but I'd have to look in the fuse booklet. I doubt if you did any real damage by doing that.

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