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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 268
Garage
Clamshell not sitting flush when top is down

Just started. When l lower the top it's sits proud of the body about half an inch.

Is there a DIY or can anyone guide me in adjusting it?

Thanks

2003 986s
Tiptronic
100k miles

Cbonilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 03:04 PM   #2
Registered User
 
jaykay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: toronto
Posts: 2,357
There are ajustable stops at the front leading edges of the clamshell. This will take care the front edges obviously. If your rear edge is up I would look at what might be interfering with it going down there are stops there but I have never played with them.

A half an inch is quite a lot I would say something is sticking or gone asymmetric on you. Look at mechanism function first rather than down position stops adjustment
__________________
00 986 S....with a few tweaks

Last edited by jaykay; 08-31-2016 at 03:06 PM.
jaykay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 03:08 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eureka, CA
Posts: 332
Garage
It is possible there is an acutal issue. It would be strange for this to happen out of the blue. I would understand if you recently had the top replaced or a top component (i.e. motor, cable, etc) replaced.
Mrmaddbrad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 03:39 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 268
Garage
This problem just happened out of the blue,I have not had any work done to the top lately. The clamshell closes evenly, just doesn't close fully when the top is down. The back end of the clamshell is the area ingestion. No problem with the clamshell when the top is up. Have not had a chance to investigate it further' but I'm curious as to thoughts on why this could be happening

Last edited by Cbonilla; 08-31-2016 at 04:15 PM.
Cbonilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 04:10 PM   #5
Registered User
 
911monty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: California Central Coast
Posts: 1,294
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cbonilla View Post
This problem just happened out of the blue,I have not had any work done to the top. lately. The clamshell closes evenly, just doesn't close fully when the top is down. The back end of the clamshell is the area ingestion. No problem with the clamshell when the top is up. Have not had a chance to investigate it further' but I'm curious as to thoughts on why this could be happening
My question is why would you see this happening and not investigate. What might have been an easy fix could potentially create additional i.e.. expensive, damage.

Last edited by 911monty; 08-31-2016 at 04:18 PM.
911monty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2016, 06:11 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 268
Garage
I put the roof back up - as I would have to have done in any case, cycled it to confirm there was a problem - and then I have left it up since then. Before I tried to get in there and diagnose it I thought I would see if anyone else had been down this road before.
Cbonilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2016, 06:03 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Essex, CT United States
Posts: 299
Does the car think the top is down (e.g., is the light on the dash off)? Or is it being blocked from fully down by an obstruction or damaged linkage?

If the light is on, you have an obstruction.
__________________
2002 Boxster S, Arctic Silver, 18" Turbo Wheels, 6-speed
peterbrown77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2016, 06:29 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Chuck W.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Agoura Hills (LA) So.Cal.
Posts: 1,571
Perhaps.... when I replaced my '01 top with the plastic window with an '03 OEM top with the glass window I found that I had to close the top clasp (the one that you use to secure the top to the windshield frame) as the top was closing. If I don't do this the clamshell will sit a tad high just as yours does. Perhaps.
__________________
1995 Porsche C4 Cab

2016 BMW M2, 6 Speed LBB - ED 7/2016
1997 993 Cab - Sold; 1997 993 Turbo - Sold
2001 Boxster S - Original Owner - 30K Miles -SOLD
Chuck W. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2016, 08:21 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 268
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by peterbrown77 View Post
Does the car think the top is down (e.g., is the light on the dash off)? Or is it being blocked from fully down by an obstruction or damaged linkage?

If the light is on, you have an obstruction.
The dash light indicates that it thinks the top is down

Won't be able to play with it until the weekend, so any thoughts anyone might have are welcome
Cbonilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2016, 03:19 PM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 268
Garage
Solved it!

Looked under the roof and found the problem: the piece that extends from the top and clips on to the firewall had come lose
Cbonilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2016, 09:19 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Muskoka Minute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Bracebridge, Ontario
Posts: 184
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cbonilla View Post
Solved it!

Looked under the roof and found the problem: the piece that extends from the top and clips on to the firewall had come lose

I have the same problem,

Can you post a pic?

Thanks
__________________
2004 Boxster SE
Muskoka Minute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2016, 09:46 AM   #12
Registered User
 
911monty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: California Central Coast
Posts: 1,294
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Muskoka Minute View Post
I have the same problem,

Can you post a pic?

Thanks
Jakeru posted pics in the thread attached.

http://986forum.com/forums/performance-technical-chat/61842-leatherette-flap-convertible-top-cavity-what.html
911monty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2016, 03:26 AM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 268
Garage
I think 911monty answered this well

Cbonilla 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 07:07 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