Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-06-2011, 09:31 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Snellville
Posts: 5
Convertible Top stop working

1997 Box

The Conv light stays on even though the top is closed and after a bit of driving it finally comes off, but the convertible still doesn't work. I dont what to do please help.

Neal1124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 7,240
There are three microsensors that can make the top inoperable:

1. Inside the hole where the hook latches the front of the top to the windshield area.
2. Just forward of the center brake lamp, which makes sure the clamshell is all the way down.
3. In the handbrake mechanism.

Check these out first. I had a problem with the first one listed above and it fixed my problem.
__________________
'97 Boxster (Black Hole for 42,000 Dead Presidents and counting) - 122k
New motor, transmission, suspension, and on and on and on it goes...
RandallNeighbour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 07:48 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Snellville
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by RandallNeighbour
There are three microsensors that can make the top inoperable:

1. Inside the hole where the hook latches the front of the top to the windshield area.
Having trouble finding this, is it the 2 black caps that can be removed?
Neal1124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2011, 09:16 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Snellville
Posts: 5
BUMP

10char
Neal1124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Snellville
Posts: 5
Need help please.
Neal1124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Freeport, New York
Posts: 470
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neal1124
Having trouble finding this, is it the 2 black caps that can be removed?
Neal:

Since your parking brake light is on, the most likely suspect is one of the two microswitches that are located in the latch receptacle in the windshield frame.

There are two microswitches in the latch receptacle assembly. There is one on the left side of the assembly (has a large plunger that juts out when the latch is open). That one controls the 4" window drop that occurs immediately when you pull down the latch to open the top. There is another one on the right side of the assembly, and that is the one that activates the convertible top double relay.

My guess is that the latter switch is faulty, even though it may appear to be intact when you visually inspect it, and sometimes even when you test it with a multimeter. Specifically, take a close look at the solder joints where the leads attach to the plug. This can be hard to detect, so check it with a magnifying glass for hairline cracks in the solder joint and for corrosion. If necessary, heat up the connections with a soldering iron and flow a tiny bit of solder onto the suspect joint(s).

Believe it or not, the temperature (sun light, A/C blowing on it, etc...) can affect it to the point where the connection is broken and then re-established.

To gain access to the microswitch you have to remove the latch plate at the center of the windshield frame. Pop out the two little black plastic "eyes" by carefully prying them off with a very small flat blade screwdriver or borrow one of those "orange sticks" that women use on their fingernails to pry them out. Remove the small torx bolt that you will find under each one of the two eyes. Remove them and then pull down the latch plate carefully until you can see and access the wires for the switch and for the light. Unplug the wires and the latch plate will come off. You will find two fragile retaining clips that attach the switch to the underside of the latch plate. These are easy to break, so use a pair of small needle nose pliers to pull them off, very gently. You can reuse these if you are careful by squeezing the cross sections that are located at the center of the clips until they are flattened.

Also double check the two fuses (even if you have already visually checked them) by using a multimeter there as well, as one of them also provides power to the double relay.

Regards, Maurice.

schoir is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page