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Old 09-23-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Convertible top repair help please

Bought a 97 a year ago, top only operates manually- one of the plastic ball joints was snapped. Thinking about selling it so I bought a couple of ball joints to do the repair.

Some of the pushrods and connecting structure was missing but it was in the trunk so I reassembled it with the new connectors and pushed the top button and held my breath.

First half went ok but as the top got about 2/3 to finish it got held up in the boot cover (the panel that pushed up to let the top go under it). I tried to reverse it gently to see if I could figure out the bottleneck but the top was wedged in at a slight angle. Rather than damage it, I disassembled it enough to return it to manual.

I know it's not much to go on but any ideas would help. I have a Bentley but haven't looked yet. Any DIY help on this anywhere?

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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Thanks, will spend some time looking at it.
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I remembered reading some forum that replacing balljoint must be exact same position as before.. best way is mark it with a pen or something, maybe it helps.....
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:03 AM   #5
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Reviewed the DIY and that gave me a clearer picture as to how to proceed.

After looking at my box of parts it appears that on of my pushrods is missing a retainer clip. This is NOT the smaller pushrod with the plastic joint but the larger one with the larger cylinder and the metal ball joint. It has a retainer clip in the ball joint and mine is missing. I doubt I have the skills to repair it so I need to source one. So far, the other pushrods are easy to locate but not finding this pushrod.

Source for these other than the dealers? Also need the locking clips.

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