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Old 02-29-2020, 06:46 AM   #1
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Top stuck closed

2001 Base Boxster. Top is stuck in closed position. Clamshell will NOT move. At all.

I press the button and get a sound that something is trying (1 muffled click/clunk, then nothing). Clamshell will not budge.

How do you get the clamshell up so you can access the cables? There's no access otherwise.

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Old 02-29-2020, 07:05 AM   #2
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Reach from the inside and pop the ball joints on the lifting arms off if you can. I couldn't and unbolted the arms from the transmissions:


Note: I fixed the car later by replacing the microswitches in the top latch.
Troubleshooting procedure here: https://www.justanswer.com/porsche/3vq2d-own-2004-boxster-s-the-top-will-not-go-down-when.html
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If you have the original toolkit there is a tool for popping off the ball joints ans instructions in the owner's manual...
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Old 02-29-2020, 01:27 PM   #4
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I'll give that a shot. But, lets just say I wear extra-large gloves. I don't have small hands. It's extremely difficult for me to get in there and work with the top up and the clamshell closed.

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