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Old 05-09-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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Convertible Top Latch Screws

98 Boxster-While replacing my top microswitch (windows would recess after hitting a hard road bump) I found that one of the 2 screws that hold the panel up is stripped out. I looked at the barrel nut sleeve that the screw goes into the metal frame of the vehicle and it is half gone. Someone must have over torxed the screw thinking that may fix the latch! I am thinking helicoil is my only option since it is the frame? Any ideas would be appreciated!
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Old 05-08-2018, 04:13 PM   #2
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convertible top latch screws ( NUTS are stripped out )

1998 Boxster convertible top latch screws ( nuts are stripped out )..... I took apart my Boxster convertible top latch mount at the top of the windshield.. The nuts can NOT be replaced !!!!! After trying larger screws to no avail, it just made them worse.. I then took a small hammer and two plastic wall anchors and tapped them in.. I used the coarse screws that came with then anchors.. Do not over tighten them and be gentle when latching and unlatching the top... Has been working good for a few weeks now.. James
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:55 PM   #3
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The plastic anchors are a good temporary solution. The permanent solution is a "nutsert", or "rivet nut". Check out these pages...
Old discussion that talks about the solution. The pics are all gone:
http://986forum.com/forums/performance-technical-chat/2419-convertible-top-latch.html
Mike Focke's Detailed repair with pics:
https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/randrcenternuts
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THANKS,,,, I was searching for the latch screws, NOT just the latch and could not find a tread that was helpful... Nutserts look like a permanent solution if some one doesn't put the screws in with an air impact tool next time >>>>>
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