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Old 03-21-2010, 02:59 AM   #1
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Convertible top push rod

I just bought a 97 Boxster with a new top. (I purchased it knowing that the top did not work.) Anyway, I fixed the top and am trying to reinstall the push rod lever on the ball pin, but he connection is not tight enough and the rod just falls off the ball pin on both sides. I have done some research and, apparently, I have the later push rod with the white, versus the red, clip. It does not appear to be cracked or worn and I was wondering if anyone has encountered a similar issue and how it was resolved. I bought new ball pins thinking that the previous owner might have changed them for some reason, but they are the same size.

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Old 03-22-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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The new ones are white plastic. They need a large pry bar to pop on the ball.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thanks, but the problem is that the white piece goes on the ball too easily and then falls off the ball. There does not seem to be a problem with the white plastic piece.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:33 PM   #4
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I did some work on mine recently. When you put the rod back on, it looks like it's on properly but in fact, you have to give it a whack with a spanner/hammer, so it's flush.

I would put money on that being your problem, when they're on properly, they don't fall off
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #5
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I'll give that a try. Thanks!

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