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Pelican Technical Article:

Convertible Top Repair

Time:

8 hours8 hrs

Tab:

$100 to $1,000

Talent:

***

Tools:

Power drill

Applicable Models:

Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-08)
Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-08)

Parts Required:

Various components, depending upon what is damaged

Hot Tip:

Check over all components carefully " there may be some damage that is hidden

Performance Gain:

Properly functioning top

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear window, upgrade top to glass window
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The Boxster convertible top mechanism is used a lot, and is often exposed to a lot of stress and strain as a result. It's very likely that you will experience a problem with the opening or closing of your top somewhere along the line: knowing what to replace and fix is valuable information.

One of the first things I installed in my wife's Boxster was the SmartTop controller that allows you to open and close the roof with one-touch operation (see Pelican Technical Article: Smart Top Roof Control Installation). This is a neat feature, except that there are no safeguards built into the unit. So, if the top latch is not fully released and the roof catches on it as it is being automatically lowered, you can seriously damage your roof. In my case, I accidentally did this one day, and the resulting damage ended up including about 20 hours of work along with $1200 worth of parts (see the photos in this project). If you install one of those automatic controllers in your Boxster, just beware of the potential damage from the one-touch operation button.

When compared to other convertible cars (like the BMW 3-Series), I find the design of the Boxster roof to be relatively simple. A single motor connects to two cables and drives a leveraged gear mechanism that raises the rear of the roof, then raises the rear convertible lid, and then folds and tucks the top away. When your roof is not opening or closing correctly, then one or more of the components in the mechanism are probably worn out or damaged. Follow the photo array in this article to learn about each of these components and how to replace them.

The early-style convertible top transmissions have been replaced with a more reliable later-style one. This can be installed in place of the early one, but you need to also replace the standoffs with different ones specific to the late-style assembly.

This photo shows some of the parts that you might need to repair your convertible top.
Figure 1

This photo shows some of the parts that you might need to repair your convertible top. A- Convertible top motor (powers both left and right sides at the same time). B- Ball pivot pin (2 req) C- Control cable D- Improved transmission assembly (increases the leverage of the motor to lift the top), left and right required E- Control lever (attaches to the opposite side of the transmission assembly), 2 req F- Improved transmission assembly standoffs. These are required in order to bolt the transmission assembly in the same place that the old one fit, 2 req G- Switch to detect closed position of the top handle H- Bushing for convertible top push rod (item J), 2 req J: Convertible top push rod (pulls and pushes the top open and closed), 2 req

This photo shows tremendous destruction on the left side of the convertible top motor assembly.
Figure 2

This photo shows tremendous destruction on the left side of the convertible top motor assembly. The blue arrow shows the red plastic ball socket for the top assembly that has completely broken away. This normally would connect a pivot ball pin that is located out of view near the green arrow. In addition, the mechanism for lifting the rear metal cover has completely sheared off as well. The pivot ball pin (shown in inset) would normally be attached to end of the control lever (yellow arrow), but due to the top getting stuck, it has been broken off. In this case, the top transmission, the lever, and the convertible top push rod needed to be replaced with new parts.

If your convertible top push rod has broken, then you will need to replace it with a new one.
Figure 3

If your convertible top push rod has broken, then you will need to replace it with a new one. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, a new plastic ball cup end is only available by purchasing an entirely new rod (about $75). When you get the new rod, line it up to the old one, and make sure that the two are exactly the same length. Alter the two adjustment points on the rod if necessary. To install the rod back onto the convertible top linkage, use a screwdriver wedged up inside the mechanism to obtain the necessary leverage to snap it on.

To remove the convertible top transmission, begin by removing the boomerang-shaped lever (left photo).
Figure 4

To remove the convertible top transmission, begin by removing the boomerang-shaped lever (left photo). Using a 19mm socket and a breaker bar, you should be able to loosen the bolt and remove it from the transmission. In this particular case, the lever arm had bent and the transmission had also broken. Pull back on the foam sound deadening material to reveal the convertible top transmission (right photo). Three nuts attached to standoffs hold the transmission in place.

This photo shows the various steps involved with removing the transmission and disconnecting the cable.
Figure 5

This photo shows the various steps involved with removing the transmission and disconnecting the cable. A- With the three nuts removed, pull back on the transmission and separate it from the side of the car. B- Loosen up the four nuts on the backside of the transmission housing, but do not remove them. C- With enough slack in the mechanism, carefully pull out the cable. D- The green arrow shows one of the three standoffs that need to be replaced if you upgrade to the later-style convertible transmission. E- The later-style transmission allows you to simply snap the cable in place without removing any screws. F- Shown here is the replacement, later-style transmission installed in place with the new longer standoffs.

To disconnect the cable from the motor assembly at the rear of the compartment, simply remove the circlip (yellow arrow), and pull out the cable.
Figure 6

To disconnect the cable from the motor assembly at the rear of the compartment, simply remove the circlip (yellow arrow), and pull out the cable. Replacement of the motor and/or switch are fairly easy too: simply remove both cables, unplug the electrical connection, and unbolt the motor assembly. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the only way to replace this microswitch is to purchase the entire bracket assembly (about $130 from Porsche).

The factory manuals recommend using a drill to move the cables while aligning the left and right side, however, after repeatedly doing this many times, I discovered a short cut.
Figure 7

The factory manuals recommend using a drill to move the cables while aligning the left and right side, however, after repeatedly doing this many times, I discovered a short cut. If you disconnect one side of the cable to the motor, you can then press the roof up/down button for short bursts of time. This will move one side of the roof mechanism, but not the other side, allowing you to align one side with the other. For extensive movement of the convertible top transmission, I recommend using the cordless drill.

When all of your parts have been replaced, you need to align the left and right assemblies together.
Figure 8

When all of your parts have been replaced, you need to align the left and right assemblies together. Keep in mind that if something broke on your roof, then you might have bent some of the tracks for the rear cover or other important components of the mechanism. In other words, you may not be able to get the top aligned completely perfectly. The goal is to get the lever arms on both sides in the same position at the same time. Measure the length from the lever arm to a reference point on the top of the car and compare it to the opposite side. Adjust one side of the mechanism by using the technique described in Photo 6 to match both the left and right side.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Jimwhitingtx Comments: My 2005 Boxster convertible top closes and can be latched but the rear convertible lid doesn't close. Pressing the switch engages the motor, the cables flex, but then stop. I get the error on the dash indicating it has not reached its limit. Top won't retract either. Parking brake sensor seems to be ok. Where do I go from here?
August 31, 2015
Jgatie Comments: 2002 Boxster. A few days ago, the light on the dash would stay on each time I retracted the rood. Had to cycle the button to get it to go out. Now when I try to retract the roof, it only retracts a few inches, with one side going farther than the other. Please advise.
August 31, 2015
Sean boxster Comments: Got a boxster 1998 ,roof went down ok as normal , went to shut it but only one side lifting up , which caused load bang, due to other side not lifting , any advice please!
August 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check if the linkage popped off. Sounds like that may be it.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Zack Comments: Hey I have a problem I could use some help with, I went to let the top down today after work like I always do but today it stopped with the clam she'll all the way open and wouldn't close or open any farther than that it's like it lost power almost about 20 mins later it proceed to close any thoughts?
August 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: May have been a stuck microswitch. Working now? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
B52EWO Comments: From B52EWO: Sorry about that - I have a 2005 Boxster S. I just got home from work and checked the ball joints and they are good. I now get the following message when I push the switch in either direction: "Convertible top not in limit posit." when I move the switch, the clamshell either moves slightly up before stopping or moves down into the fully closed position.
August 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the latches to see if they sticking. Try cleaning and lubricating them. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
B52EWO Comments: I put my top down this morning and when it was almost all the way down I heard a snapping sound and I got the following message on my center display - "Failure convertible top ctrl." Now my top will not go back up. Is this likely the push rods or is something else broken?
August 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have. Could be push rods, the popping sound makes it likely. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ulf Comments: What should i lubricate the slides for the clamshell with? Grease or some spray?
August 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think some graphite paste would work well. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
emkob Comments: I have 98 boxter. Recently i replaced little plactic ball sockets that broke. After that I alogned the transmissions and things seem in correct geometry. Problem is every other time I close the top there is a loud thud in sometimes left and sometimes right transmission. This results in nothing broken but transmissions do get out of alignement. If I push on the microswitch on top of the motor durning closing operation the delayed stop works fine. Any clue?
June 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Look for spots where the transmission mechanism could be rubbing on the frame bars. You may need to bend the transmission mounting points so that it does not rub. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Kev Comments: I have a 2005 Base Boxster. Recently I put the convertible top down and heard an odd clicking sound behind my left shoulder while sitting in drivers seatabout 5 times, equally spaced in timeas the top went down. I later tried closing the top but got a "convertible top not in limit position" error come up. When I try to raise the roof up I hear the motor running but nothing is moving. What is the problem here? How do I fix it?
June 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you able to help the top up? If the top moves freely without pressing the close button then the cables or transmissions are no longer doing their job. If you have to hit the button to get the top to move something could be binding. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Ulf Comments: Have a problem with my Boxster S 986 2001. Everything runs fine then I take the roof down. Then I run the roof up everything is ok until the softtop stretch and the " hood in the same color as the car" goes down. At that time the hood start to vibrate an inch in latitude. All other movements of the hood up and down running the cab down and up running the cab up.
June 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may want to try to lubricate the slides for the hood in the same color as the car (also called clamshell) they run along the left and right sides of the convertible top compartment. While you are in there look at the linkages and make sure that they are all connected. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Phil Comments: Hello Casey,
I have a 2005 Boxster.
Thanks,
Phil
June 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ok yes definitely the 987 is that way. Until we figure out a work-around to buying the new part, it is what it is. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Phil Comments: I may have found my issue I posted on June 3rd, in the left side transmission, there are two sensors inside the Left side transmission. One replaced the B-Pillar micro switch in the early 986's and the other replaced the black lever micro switch that was located on top of the electric drive motor that the clamshell would press down on that black lever micro switch. It appears that you cannot replace the sensors, you have to replace the whole transmission unit.
June 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thank you for posting this additional information. What year Boxster did you have? I am trying to figure out whether it is 2003 and later which have the sensors in the transmission or 2002 and later. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Air Czar Comments: Have a 2001 boxster. Clam shell does not close completely with top down. Looks like the top is not completely retracting. It is not resting on the rubber stops behind the roll bar. Suspect the retract cables wearing out or out of adjustment. May be the original top.
June 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like something may be bound up in the folding top assembly. I would try to disconnect the cables and then move the top through the range of travel checking for anything that might be binding up preventing the top from going all the way down. Also carefully inspect the cables once removed. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Scott Comments: 2005 Boxster S here From the february build, I know there are some differences from the later that year. Had my soft top knifed... super nice of them. Progressive wants me replace with a gahh, anything I should be aware of?
June 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pay the extra money to get a factory top if possible, Gahh makes a great product but the quality of the Genuine top is nicer, and it will last longer. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Phil Comments: I have a 2005 Boxster, I ran into an issue where the right side control arm keeps popping of the ball when retracting under the clam shell. I get the error on the dash indicating it has not reached its limit. Is there switch somewhere that tells the drive motor the top is all the way down and clam shell closed? Also when I put the top up I get the same error indicating post limit not met. If I hold the switch to close the top and touches the front and don't release the switch the top starts to go back down. Any feedback greatly appreciated. Phil
June 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe the 986 from 2003 on and the 987 have a potentiometer in the transmission assembly. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
farhad Comments: Can somebody point out/show a picture of how to check the hydraulic fluid level for the top. This is a 2008 boxster.
The problem I have is the top not closing all the way up.
June 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The Boxster does not use hydraulic fluid like the 911. If your top is not closing you may have an issue with the cables or transmissions. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Skyler Comments: I recently replaced the plastic ball sockets after one broke. The mechanism got a bit out of kilter somehow, but I got each side to be in synch. The problem is that before the top would drive all the way to a closed position, but now after my "repair" the top drives to about the maintenance position and then falls six to eight inches or so to the closed position. Any clue what adjustment I should make to get it to have positive control all the way to the closed position?
May 31, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100% sure but it sounds like something is not right in the transmissions or elastic bands in the canvas cover. At that point, between the maintenance position and closed, it is a combination of elastic bands in the canvas cover, and the force provided via the transmissions which provide the control. The elastic bands could also be to blame because they push against what the transmissions do while closing, and if at that point they are not "pulling back" the top could fall down to the windshield. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Andyn63 Comments: Hi, Thanks for a lot of informative instructions. I also just have a problem with my 2004 Boxster top. Last week, when I lowered it down to get to the engine, but I I put it back up, I heard a clicking sound and the top only rose to about half way closed. When I lower it down, it only move a little bit then stop. After keeping pressing the switch up & down serveral times & pull it by hand, I manage to have it close up but the light on the dash still lit up. Now if I open it, it will only go about 10" then stop, won't open all the way anymore.
Also, when the top was down, I noticed the transmission cover plastic piece are off, which scratched by the levels when it moves.
Would it be the cables are bad? Can you help? Thanks
May 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's possible you have a bad cable, but it sounds like the top is getting caught on something. Have an assistant operate the top and look at the levers. See if they are getting stuck anywhere in the top travel. Remedy that issue and check the cables, you should be fine. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Nessie Comments: You guys are awesome - saved me $$$$$$ helping me fix the Boxster and 944S. Informative, reliable and it's like having a Porsche Tech working with me!! Do you guys export parts to the UK - really feel I should be spending money with you!!
May 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sure, we ship all across the world and to the UK all the time! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rickard Comments: Hi, I'm Rickard from Sweden. Thanks for this excellent site, which has been very helpful.
I've got a 1997 Boxster which has had a completly broken convertible mechanism, including a left side broken pivot lever and broken balljoint attachment. both the plastic balljoints had been replaced by a pair made of stainless steel, not to be recommended, and yes, I know the fool who did it

I have now repaired and aligned the complete mechanism, and it seems to work smooth mechanically, but I still have a problem with the electrical system. When I push the button to open the roof the top motor does not stop when the roof has reached its open end position, instead it reverses as the hatch microswitch is actuated. I have measured the microswitch during operation, and it works properly. Then I tried to disconnect the battery for a short while when the roof was in its open end position, and as I reconnect it again it works alright, i e the motor is no longer activated when I push the button to open. Then when I push the button to close the motor starts and works alright, but when it reaches the open end position the motor does not stop but again changes direction as the hatch microswitch is actuated. Disconnecting the battery for a short while makes it work alright again for the moment, but the problem is repeated every time the end open and close positons are reached. My conclusion is that there is some kind of problem with the top motor relay, or should I check for something else before i change it ?

Best regards
Rickard
May 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Have you installed the smart top relay? It could be a problem in the circuitry, if not I would suspect a wiring issue, or faulty hatch switch. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Guil Comments: How do I add hydraulic fluid to a 2001 boxster . It appears that the liquid is low and the top doesn't close completely.. Is there any information as to how to add more hydraulic liquid
May 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like an issue with the motors and cables. Can you describe the issue with the top in detail? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Splendid1 Comments: Now the lid and top do nothing.
May 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See my answer to your other question... - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Splendid1 Comments: 1997 Boxster. My car has sat for the last 8 years. I have already upgraded the top, motor and transmission. Everything was working great and then it just stopped. The deck lid goes up and down, however, the top does nothing. I can manually lift the top up and down. Could it be a fuse, or do I need to redo the whole mechanism again?
May 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmmm if you can manually lift the top chances are the transmissions are no longer coupled to the motor. On the Boxster you should never be able to operate the top by hand if the cables are connected to the transmissions and motor. I see your other message now and it appears that the top is completely dead now? If completely dead check to make sure that the handbrake switch light comes on in the instrument cluster. If not, you will need to investigate the handbrake switch in the center console. Sometimes they stick and need cleaning, or go bad and need to be replaced. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Boxster Ivan Comments: hi!
On my Boxster s 2002 there is a small fold, or just a irregularity, on the canvas under the right hand corner of the rear window. Nor does the canvas go all the way down under the lid. Not much but clearly visible. This is when the roof is in it´s raised position. It looks like it´s not tensed enough.
All other systems are GO!
What can cause this?
May 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The little cables that hold the rear of the top down may be disconnected, or broken. If you look at the Bonus Pictures section in this article go to: Image 144 of 157 to see the cable I am talking about. If you need a new one...
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/ksearch/pel_search_2014.cgi?SUPERCAT_FLAG=Y&make=POR&Context_make=&please_wait=N&LastVisited_input=1050&Previous_Section=&forumid=&threadid=&command=DWsearch&description=98656119102&I1.x=0&I1.y =0 - Casey at Pelican Parts
 
VERN Comments: HI DRIVERS SIDE OF TOP WILL NOT MOVE PASSENGER SIDE TRANSMISSION MOVES BUT DRIVERS SIDE BINDS UP COULD THE TRANSMISSION BE BAD ALL RODS ARE STRAIGHT AND ATTACHED AS THE SHOULD BE IS THERE ANY WAY TO TEST THE TRANSMISSION THANKS
May 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is most likely a bad cable, or transmission. You may need to help the top to open in order to get the top in to the service position. Pull the drive cables off of the motor and transmissions and remove the cable from its tube. If the cable looks good then is it the transmission. While the cables are removed operate the top with your hands to make sure that it moves freely. If the cable looks bad, first replace both cables and synchronize the two transmissions. Then, CAREFULLY open the top if it does not pull evenly stop right away so that you don't damage the new cables. At that point you know for sure the fault is in the transmission. It's a good practice to always replace or rebuild the transmissions as a pair. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Mike73 Comments: The parking brake light does not illuminate, should I replace the parking brake switch?

Comments: I have a 97 Boxster. The convertible top has been working perfectly since I purchased the car 3 years ago, however, I went to put the top up yesterday and it did not work nor did I hear the motor operating as I normally would. I have replaced the fuse and tried the button again to no avail. Looking for some trouble shooting tips to follow...
April 27, 2015
Followup from the Pelican Staff: First thing to check is the parking brake switch. Does the light come on when you pull the parking brake lever up?? - Casey at Pelican Parts
May 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, the convertible top relay needs to see that signal from the parking brake switch before it will run the motor. Let us know how it goes! It's on this page:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/SuperCat/1041/POR_1041_ELSWCH_pg3.htm #item12 Use the second link not sure why the first duplicate does not work...- Casey at Pelican Parts
 
dinks64 Comments: Problem with clamshell , roof goes up and down ok and is alignment , however when operating roof , noticed clamshell is higher on left side than right all the way , ok when roof is up clamshell closes and aligns , but when roof down clamshell sits about 10mm higher on left , windows don't return either , have to do it manually , only had car 1 week 2004 boxster s, any ideas ?
May 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Congratulations on your new car! The windows don't return on the Boxster, only the Carrera. As for the clamshell alignment this is common on cars that have had a problem in the past, the lid itself could be bent, OR you may have a problem where the left side cable is going bad and the top doesn't actually go all the way down. Check and see if the clamshell is getting held up by the top or if it is sticking up on its own. If held up by the top you will need to investigate why that side of the top doesn't fully go down. If it is sticking up on it's own, the clamshell itself is probably bent, and will need to be bent back to sit flush. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Blue01 Comments: I just today had an issue with my roof on my 01 Boxster. I was closing it and at the point of fully closed instead of the motor shutting off and the light on the dash going out the motor started to do a slower humming and then cut out. I tried to open the roof and it opened up the rear cover partway and stopped no more up or down. I left it for a while and it moved a little more then stopped again. I can home roof closed/latched but rear access part way open and left it for a few hours. Then my daughter hit the button and I watched what was happening and no obvious binding noises and motor sounded more normal as the roof opened all the way up but seemed like the left side opened more fully then the right side and the right side of the rear cover wasnt as fully down. Eventually the rear panel cover went down fully but the light on dash for the roof did not go out. Upon trying to open the roof the left side was lagging and not opening at the same rate as the right so I am thinking perhaps the left cable to the motor may be bad? I would appreciate your suggestions.

FYI The light on the dash for the roof is on as is the parking brake light and the windows go down part way when the latch is opened. Thanks!
April 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like one of your cables has gone bad. I would recommend replacing both cables
(part number: 986-561-717-03-M100) making sure that the two transmissions are in perfect sync with each other. Also check for anything that could cause the top to bind up while the top goes up and down so that your new cables last. - Casey at Pelican Parts
 
Mike73 Comments: I have a 97 Boxster. The convertible top has been working perfectly since I purchased the car 3 years ago, however, I went to put the top up yesterday and it did not work nor did I hear the motor operating as I normally would. I have replaced the fuse and tried the button again to no avail. Looking for some trouble shooting tips to follow...
April 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First thing to check is the parking brake switch. Does the light come on when you pull the parking brake lever up?? - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Mike Comments: Casey
Thanks for the response.
I checked the voltage while raising and lowering the top. The voltage moves a little but not significantly. The linkages are all clear and I see no binding. The car has always been garaged and only has 52K miles and there is no corrosion on the linkage members. The left transmission is making a noise in rhythm to the motor. Its not quite a click or a clunk but somewhere in between and its frequency is about once a second. It also is very quiet at times and at others quite audible. Any ideas? Could it be the worm gear?
April 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes sounds like the transmissions may be going out...I would recommend to try and replace the cables first, making sure that both sides of the convertible top are synchronized after replacement. The top should move relatively smoothly and EVENLY left to right. EVENLY is the key... - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Mikemako42 Comments: I Have all the parts in place but and all the microswitches are in working order but the motor will not turn. I have power up to the top toggle button.
April 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What vehicle are you working on? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
stepwilk Comments: Disregard the comment/question below. I discovered that the upper ball joint is held together by not only the press-on ball but by an odd, fiddly little circlip device that needs needlenose pliers to remove. Strange that it's on the upper ball joint of the tension cable but not the lower one. Probably because putting it on the lower ball joint would make it too striaghtforwrad to remove, whihc would never do for German engineers...
April 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
stepwilk Comments: I just bought a convertible-top tension cable from you 2004 Boxster, and I'm darned if I can get the old one off at the upper end that's still attached to the top at the top frame itself, nor can I get the ball end of the new cable to pop onto the lower ball mounted to the car's body. I had initially assumed that the ball ends of the old cable would release with a simple twist-and-pull and that the end of the new one would pop onto the balls with a simple push, but I'm wondering if there's a trick, or a special tool, that's needed. Any advice?
April 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your follow up:

Disregard the comment/question below. I discovered that the upper ball joint is held together by not only the press-on ball but by an odd, fiddly little circlip device that needs needlenose pliers to remove. Strange that it's on the upper ball joint of the tension cable but not the lower one. Probably because putting it on the lower ball joint would make it too striaghtforwrad to remove, whihc would never do for German engineers... - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike Comments: The motor for the top on my 99 986 has started to pulse when I open or close it. Is this the motor failing?
April 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Possibly, but not likely. The first thing I would do is visually inspect all of the linkages. If the linkages look ok, check the voltage at the motor. Start the engine...have an assistant operate the top. Measure between the green and black wires at the convertible top motor. If you see the voltage wavering you might have a relay issue. If the voltage is constant but the top pulses the motor is suspect BUT a mechanical snag somewhere in the linkages is MUCH more likely. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Uncle Mart Comments: Hi I have a 97 model had problems with clam jamming shut and popping rods. After changing rods and re syncing. Checking the action when the clam closes microswitch stops operation but when repressed gear keeps turning which ever way you rock the switch the boomerang keeps turning the same direction help would be much appreciated:-
April 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like one of the microswitches is not relaying the message that the lid is closed. Check the little switch in the middle of the clam space attached to the body. Should close the contact when you press the switch arm down. There are also switches which cut off the movement of the convertible top. These switches then relay the convertible top position to the convertible top relay which stops the top motor. Check the switches first, then check the wiring and connectors for damage. I bet you will find something during your visual inspection of the microswitches... Here is the best pic of the convertible top microswitch I could find... https://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=AwrTccrh8C9VklYAFzEnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBsOXB2YTRjBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkAw--?p=1997+boxster+convertible+top+microswitch&back=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.yahoo.com%2Fyhs%2Fsearch%3Fp%3D1997%2Bboxster%2Bconvertible%2Btop%2Bmicroswitch%26ei%3DUTF-8%26hsimp%3Dyhs-001%26hspart%3Dmozilla%26fr%3Dyhs-mozilla-001&w=2591&h=1296&imgurl=www.pelicanparts.com%2Ftecharticles%2FBoxster_Tech%2F71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair%2Fimages_large%2FPic5.jpg&size=385KB&name=Pic5.jpg&rcurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Ftecharticles%2FBoxster_Tech%2F71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair%2F71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair.htm&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Ftecharticles%2FBoxster_Tech%2F71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair%2F71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair.htm&type=&no=2&tt=110&oid=48a8bf0cc90e22230a819ac1176462cf&tit=Large+Image+|+Extra-Large+Image&sigr=13n57otr4&sigi=133s10sn0&sign=108pvqj6n&sigt=103raln70&sigb=147fh92r0&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001# - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Amy Comments: I love you guys! That appears to be exactly what it is ! I'm ordering them after I upload the photos !
April 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Joe Comments: Hi Folks! Please tell me where I can find the convertible top motor and cable assembly in my 2007 987 2.7 Boxster. Thanks!
April 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is mounted to the rear wall (center), behind seats. Think of it as the divider between the engine and the passenger compartment. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Amy Comments: I'm ready to cry - I have a 2005 Boxster, last night I went to put the top down after the gym and it made a popping noise, the back opens and shuts to put the top in but the top doesn't move. I think I didn't have the handle open all the way. SO I can Manually put the top back and the cover closes and when I got home, I used the button to close the back opens but I had to Manually pick my top up & over to close it. Please tell me it's not the 1200.00 mistake.
April 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check if the plastic ball sockets on the levers failed. That sounds like what it was. Isn't that expensive. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
camibox Comments: I have a 99 boxster. The top mechanism is operating but the top will not seat or "park" enough to allow the clamshell to close completely. I had to replace the passenger side push rod ball since it was broken. Any ideas on what is going on? Thanks

April 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, most likely one of the cables has been damaged from the ball cup breakage. That is usually what happens. When opening the top you can usually see a difference in speed between the right and left sides. Another indicator is when closing the top, if one side contacts the windshield frame before the other side it probably has a bad cable. Always replace the cables as a pair. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
johnl Comments: Hi there
I have a Boxster 2003 2.7 was trying to get the roof down and a pice has snapped off on the passenger side.please see pics, is there a single piece that I can buy to replace it or is it a new roof
April 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't identify the broken piece from the photo.
Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Stu Comments: Hi, I have a 99 Boxster. The top down light is perpetually on, and the roof won't retract. If I unlatch, the windows will go down, and when I hit the down button, I hear the motor trying to move kuduck, kuduck. Sometimes under hard acceleration, the windows will go down like the top is down. I'm wondering it's a sensor thing or a regulator thing. Any thoughts? Thanks!
March 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have two possible issues. The kuduck is probably a cable issue due to some broken linkages, and the windows are probably the switch up at the front latch by the windshield. Attempt to assist gently with your other hand as you press the button. Once you get the top open enough to see the workings of the transmissions you will see the broken bits. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Krish Comments: I have a 2005 987 boxster.
When I open the roof, the windows go down as normal and the rood will go back.
When I only open it half way to clean then go to put it back down it will not go back down. I will have to put it all the way back down and then up again.
When I put it up again the windows do not drop in time.
Any advise on this?
Thanks
March 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have not seen this particular issue before. I wonder if this is normal function. If the top stalls, then it has to be closed. Best bet would be to check for faults when the issue happens.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
misk0 Comments: Do you have tension cable for 987 2007? I can see 986-561-191-02-M100 but it's for 986 and it's shielded. In my 987 this cable is weakened and I want to replace it.
March 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, we can get that for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JimmyM Comments: Yes the window latches are releasing
January 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not window, windshield. If so, and the top stalls, the microswitches there may be the issue.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
CRAC Comments: I'm looking for this part for a Porsche Boxster 986 2006. This part sold separately or is part of a kit?
January 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure, It looks like it should be available. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JimmyM Comments: The roof on my 99 Boxster has been working perfect up until 2 days ago. After work I went to put the roof down, windows moved as usual but no motor, just silence. When I got home I tried in again and it worked. Anyway last night I tried it several times to no avail. Any ideas what has happened?
January 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are the windshield latches releasing? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Clyde Comments: What tells the roof top is closed or in pen position. There has to be a limit switch to shut off motor when closing or opening. Is this done in the microswitch in back transmission gear box if so how do you trouble shoot.
January 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The latch switches and top switches. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Canuck. Hoopster Comments: Just did the gear change on the roof transmission. I gambled and just did the left side, where the clicking noise was! The gear came out in 3 parts. I took photos as I went through it. I needed them, as the gears become jumbled when I took it apart, you need the pictures to orient the inner gears correctly when reassembly. Otherwise I just saved $1600 .
November 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
2020Pat Comments: I have a 2005 Boxster base model. The thin wire that is responsible for keeping tension on the convertible top from side to side is broke. this causes the roof to seat over the plastic guide above each window. S I have to almost close the top, then tuck the top behind the plastic guide. Do you have a pictured method for replacing that wire?
November 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No we do not. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Cpezzy Comments: Thanks for the quick response on my last question! But where should I go about buying a microswitch for my top? Where the windows are stuck down but it says "top not in limit position" but it appears the top is closed and sealed fine
November 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it is the microswitch you need, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Cpezzy Comments: Not really a comment but a question. I have a 2005 boxster s. I'm having a problem with my top. The top will go up and down fine but when I seel the top the windows stay down and I get a message that says "top not in limit position" what do I need/try to fix this?
November 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if the microswitches at the windshield are working. If it doesn't see it latch, the windows may not go up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Wissam Comments: Nick, thank you for the prompt reply.
I wasn't aware Pelican has a repair manual that covers Boxster 987-2 !
Where can I find it?

Tx
Wissam
November 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We may have one from a different publisher. I think Bentley has one. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Wissam Comments: Any thoughts on how applicable this guide would be for conducting repairs on the convertible top of a Boxster 987-2 2009-2012 model?

Also what are some good strategies for diagnosing convertible problems - I know I'm having problems motor seems weak, the top is excessively jiggly when being raised and lowered, recurring channel unseating problems, etc. but I'm not sure how best to zone in on the biggest problem first. Appreciate any feedback!

Tx.
November 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It may get you part way there, but I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
tricky Comments: hi would a complete roof from a 2004 boxster glass window fit onto a 2000 reg boxster plastic window ? thanks
November 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think so.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Boxsterbob Comments: I can't get any movement and I have tried lifting pretty hard. The tolerances are tight. I thought about getting someone to help me try lifting on both sides at once. I was hoping to verify everything is disconnected first. Thank you
October 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it seems to wiggle, I bet it is ready to come out. It is not light and you will need an assistant to lift it out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Boxsterbob Comments: I have a 98 Boxster that has cracked support. I need to remove the top mechanism from the car to repair. I have disconnected everything I see and removed 3 bolts on each side that hold support to chassis. The top doesn't move. Am I missing another bolt? I haven't flung
d an article on removing the top. Thank you
October 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recall there being three. Does the bracket seem solid to the body or does it move, but not enough to come out? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sue Comments: Have a porsche 996 convertble for a year now with no problems with roof yesterday when closing made a loud clunk at rear of roof when closing at about 2 thirds closed. Can't see anything visibly wrong
October 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it is not working after the clunk, inspect the linkage. Likely one of them failed. If so, replace both. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
baggy Comments: I dont know if the front latces are opening I un clip the middle catch and the Windows go down but the roof didn't move if I give it a hard tug it dose come out each catch on each side but its hard. Thanks baggy.
October 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it doesn't move when the top is moved away from the window frame, you have a larger issue. If there is no noise from the top, you need to check for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
baggy Comments: hi i have a 1999 boxter but the roof dose not work i start car with hand break on and out of gear doors closed hand break light is on dash but no other lights come . when i open the clip on the roof near front screen the windows drop about 3to 4 inch but when i press the button on the dash nothing happens no noise no anything please can you help . all the best baggy...
October 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There may be an issue with the front latch switches. Are the front latches opening? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Prof Rand Comments: I've had trouble with my '98 boxster top since I bought it a year ago. I've updated the transmissions and got the linkages set, but the top light stays on and with the top down the windows don't go up fully. I checked the micro-switches and they seemed okay, so I replaced the control module when the top was down, and the light went out and the windows went up. But when I put the top up everything returned to the old problems-top up or down. Any suggestions? There was some mouse damage to wires in the trunk. Do I need to buy the Porsche tester to diagnose it?
October 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the microswitches in the windshield latches. If they are not in the correct position, this will happen. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
your9mare Comments: 2001 Boxster convertible top motor just grind for 1 sec after ignition key is turned on and top toggle button is pressed, then no more sound. Red push rod, black end rod, and transmission level are all intact. B6 and D3 fuses are fine.

Console has flashing temperature light because my coolant flush job hasn't refill yet after drained. The soft top has been unhooked in half open position for 2 months so that I can service the engine compartment. Could software disable convertible top because the flash temperature light error code? Or low battery? Or this is really soft top problem.
September 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume a real issue. There could be a microswitch issue, however with the grinding I find that unlikely. It sounds like something is jamming. Inspect the cables and drive. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bobby K Comments: When I'm driving in heavy rain I can feel feel it coming in around my feet! What could be the problem? It's a 98 Boxster base model. Thank you for any help you can give me.
September 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be a leak from the windshield seal or the wiper cowl. Yry running a hose in the area and monitoring the interior for leaks. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
smithy3 Comments: Hey i am looking at buying a 1997 2.5 boxter. When I push the button to lower the roof the motor runs but nothing moves. Windows drop when releasing catch
September 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if the ball ends for the linkage came off. See if you can detach the lid or peak inside using a flashlight. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ELFOCO Comments: I just bought at an auction a 1999 boxter, I tried to put down the top but it does not do anything, the windows wont move or anything, when the car turned on I neutralize it and detach the handle of the roof then press the button but nothing happends, what could it be?
September 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be many things, anything from a microswitch to a faulty drive linkage. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Frank Z Comments: I have a 2001 Boxter... the power top has been working perfectly with no issues until yesterday. I had the top down, drove to work, closed the top... everything worked perfectly. After work about 5 minutes after I started the vehicle, the "top open" light on the dash came on. I stopped the car, engaged the parking brake, undid center top latch to try and open the top to then reclose it to make the light go out and absolutely nothing happens. The windows roll down as they should, but nothing happens when you het the "open top" button on the dash. No motor sounds... anything. When you close the center latches, the windows roll up as they should, but the "top open" light on the dashboard remains lit. Have tried to get it to open several times since.. but nothing happens. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!
September 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: May be an issue with the latch micro-switches. I would start by checking the top control module for fault codes.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
rich Comments: I have a 2003 boxter s convertible. The wife was cleaning the interior and took the mats out and layed them on trunk on passenger side. She forgot about them and lowered the top. As the retracting part of the trunk lid moved rearward, it came to rest on the mats. At that point the moving part of the trunk lid was cockeyed with the passenger side part of the trunk lid up higher on that side as opposed to the driver side. She then hit the button to close the convertible top so as to release the floor mats from under the movable trunk lid. At this point, the top will go up and down but not synchronized. They kinda jerk as they are moving the top either up or down. I had it looked at for broken rods etc and was told they are ok. I was informed that there is some software program to reset the synchronization for this problem. Is that correct? Again this is a 2003 boxter s.
September 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If there are broken parts, which seems most likely to me, I would check if the levers jumped on the gear. Synchronizing is not a simple taks, I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Citroendork Comments: Hello I am having issues on a 97 boxter with top issues. I have replaced both boomerang arms,the adjustable rods and the rubber bushings. I adjusted the rods to be the same length as the broken rods I replaced.I synced the side gears as you described with removing the cable on each side. After operating the top several times when it opens and closes perfectly,I hear a popping noise from both gear drives when the top comes to a close.When I visually inspect it I see the boomerang arms move like they are are wanting to move one more gear down then pop back into place. I checked the micro switch and it works fine.I removed the side gears and inspected for any damage but didn't see anything wrongthey are the old style gears. Thanks in Advance for any help you can provide!
September 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is it possible it is timed a bit off? I would try to retime the arms with the drives. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Grant Comments: After having my hood swapped for a Glass version on my 97 2.5 I always get 1 beep after locking the car when the hood is up. I also notice that sometimes the latch gets a bit stuck when i am closing it. Is this beep because the latch is not making good contact with the microswitch and if so how can I adjust it?
August 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the pin switch or the hood is not adjusted correctly. i would check the bump stops for the hood, see if they are too high. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jonathan Comments: My 2003 Boxster convertible top has a broken long flat plastic piece at the place where the top meets the windshield. The long clip that hold the headliner at the front seems to be broken. I am told that Porsche only sells the top mechanism as a unit. Are you a source for the needed replacement parts?
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it is a trim piece or separate from the top, we should be able to get it for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
geno Comments: I am working on a 2008 boxster convertible and I to replace rear control unit because the unit got wet and someone tried to jump the battery possible the wrong way resulting in the tail lights brake lights rear trunk lid not working. replaced the rear control unit and everything works fine except the top. console switch lights up but no sound from the top. up or down. help please.
August 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Was the top working before the battery reversal? I would imagine there is another control module that is faulty. I would perform a full vehicle scan and see what module is offline. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Djsick Comments: I have a 2002 boxster. top started to act up!! only one motor works, ended up breaking red push rod on opposite side. Could this be cable related or can the rear motor stop working for one side?? I removed the transmission motor to verify the cable and all seems well will have to check cable at motor to see if it broken and try to spin it with drill. thanks for the input.
July 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The broken rod could be due to binding due to a broken cable. I would inspect the cables, levers (linkage). - Nick at Pelican Parts  
SS2002 Comments: The top on my '02 Boxster will occasionally more frequently lately stop responding. E-brake light comes on, windows drop, but when I press the switch to put it up or down nothing happens. No motor sound, nothing. I drive it for a while and then it will work. One time, the ebrake was engaged but the dash light did not come on. Drove it and it worked later. Twice now the top has been down and after driving it I go to put it up and it won't respond but the dash light for the top suddenly lights up and stays on. Again, drive it for a while and try again and the top responds and the light goes out. Pulled the fuses they look good. Any suggestions? Thx!

July 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When it works, it works fine? There could be a connection issue to the motor or an issue with the module. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Robert Comments: I've had quite a few issues with the convertible top on my 2008 Boxster over the years. Most recently, I had a Convertible Top Control error, and it seems tied to one of the relays. Checked all of the microswitches - they were good. Replaced one of the relays, and was able to try to open the top when the pushrod caps broke again!. Disconnected the pushrods and the clamshell still shudders when trying to raise or lower it.

I have the replacement pushrods, need a new relay not sure of the Porsche part number, because the one I ordered was wrong. The TE part number is 2-1904011-2, the product number which is on the relay itself is V23234-C0001-X006.

Question: do you think the motor itself needs to be replaced in addition to the relays and the pushrods?
July 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the pushrods failed again, right away, I would think something is binding. Disconnect the top from the drive and see if it opens smooth. Inspect it or binding or damage. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Borin Comments: Hello!
After replacing the battery boxster 987 2006 drive bonnet was broken, grab the handle to the driver opens in the glass to open the same when you open and close the hood.
Got some reprogramming to do?
Can you help me.
Thank you
Marcelo Borin
July 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure I understand what is going on with the vehicle. When you pull release handle for hood, the door glass gowns down? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: My Boxter 1999 2.5 has its roof stuck down...! yesterday i went to lift the roof and drivers side seemed to lift two inch but passenger side didn't lift. Then it all stopped working. The rear lip wouldn't go back down nor up. i tried turning ignition off to reset etc, but no joy. when you click the bottom to lift the roof the windows drop the inch that they are supposed too then nothing! i had to pop the hydraulic bars off rear lid and roof so i could lift the roof up manually. i tried to operate the roof with the bars released but still nothing? what could it be?
July 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a problem with the drive or cables. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
LVW Comments: 2003 Boxster S. Passenger side window does not seat in the seal of the roof. It goes up just beside outside of the roof trim. Roof and windows all work fine. Any suggestions on how to get proper alignment so the window seats properly? Thanks.
June 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See this tech article for adjusting your window regulator.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/77-BODY-Window_Regulator/77-BODY-Window_Regulator.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jon Comments: My 1997 boxster clamshell is loose and rattles when going over bumps.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
June 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if one side of the ball joint (hinge) is loose or disconnected. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sam Comments: control lever is in a bad position there fore hard to Detaching linkage from ball joints, seems easier to open 19mm bolt and get the control lever off, you think I can do that ?
June 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That should work. Just be sure to mark the position before detaching the arm. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sam Comments: L/R push rods plastic tips are broken, convertible top is fully open , metal convertible lid is closed, and boomerang shaped levers seem to be in wrong positions on bout sides, perhaps that is why they are stock, how can I open the metal convertible lid to have an easier access to work ? any suggestion where to start ?
June 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Opening the lid is the same as when you need to access the engine. Except you will have to reach under the roll bar to detach the linkage and ball joints. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tcora Comments: Nick: On June 3rd, you wrote about the hydraulic fluid in the convertible top "pump". We ARE talking about 986 series Boxsters here, no? The 986 top is mechanically driven, right?
June 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OH RIGHT. I apologize, I forget at time what vehicle I am replying to, as I handle a bulk of the questions. If the top motor is stalling it might be binding or a switch is in the wrong position. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ED Comments: How do I know what is broken on my convertible top mechanism? Its a '99 Boxster. It made no noise, it just took two tries to open, and now it does not close.
June 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Use the article you commented on to inspect the top. You will have to perform some disassembly to inspect the components. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ChuluotaBlackie Comments: On 25 March, JBART asked about "2000 Boxter top shudders at about midway when being raised or lowered." and you replied, "Start by checking the hydraulic fluid level." what hydraulis fluid level?
My 2003 Boxster S has similar symptoms, shudders midway but wont completely open, and when closing the dash light stays illuminated even though top appears fully raised and rear deck lid looks to be fully "down".
Suggestions?
June 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: the fluid in convertible top pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Anne Comments: Hi my boxer lid will not close up completley up by about 1inch I have just got the car thanks
May 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the latch tight? The latches may need adjustment or the top may not be going all the way into the storage compartment. You will have to inspect each to determine what is holding it up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jayp56 Comments: You mentioned worn Velcro straps to check if top sides don't fit well into channel. Is it a porsche part or can you source from a fabric store that has sewing goods?? Also I am having alarm issues as it randomly goes off. Any possibility the convertible top is involved?
April 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would suspect the alarm issue to be non-related to the top. For the straps, we should be able to get you a repair kit. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
New2Porsche! Comments: I am new to electric tops as my other ‘Rag-Top’ is a 1968 MGC – no problems. I had a problem when my 2002 Boxster S roof would not come up, I had to resort to the emergency procedure, in that process I broke the red plastic end of the push rods, I have replaced these and now ready to complete the job. However there are a few issues. I have tried to check each part is operating properly before putting it all together. I disconnected both drive cables from the motor, fitted a standard relay which came as a spare with the car as I prefer the safety over a Smart Top relay that had been fitted when I bought the car. With the roof closed and locked. Open the roof latch, the windows do not drop, so I manually lowered the windows, when the dash switch is operated, I cannot hear the motor running when the down direction is selected but it does run if the up direction is selected. I closed the roof latch and the windows closed automatically!
I manually lowered the top as required to fit the Smart Top relay. As soon as I plugged the relay in, the windows dropped 3 inches, with the ignition on, the windows will not go up to the closed position . This time when I operate the dash switch the up direction does not work but the down direction does work!! The windows will not go up from 3 inch down position even with manual operation.
Refitted Standard relay, the windows will go up and down manually and the dash up switch works.
I lowered the windows 3 inches and manually put the roof up, locked roof latch, the windows closed from the 3 inch down position. The dash switch operates in the up direction but not in the down direction.
It appears that things are operating but with reverse logic.!!! Any suggestions would be appreciated.
April 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can have an issue with a door handle switch or the windows need to be intialized. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Troy Comments: Also, I found these seemingly broken strings on each side of the top. I have the problem now where the sides of the top don't slip into the channels in the curved plastic pieces at the rear of each side window, if that makes sense.

My top cable tension seems good and the top closes fine, I just need to pause the top when closing so I can tuck in the edges into the plastic channels.
April 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Those are the tension cables. You will have to partially remove the canvas top to replace them.
Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
TroyN Comments: In the June 24, 2013 entry, Nick replies Followup from the Pelican Staff: This can be caused by the velcro strap being misinstalled or worn out, the flat spring being worn out or the bracket for the cable binding. Start by inspecting the velcro strap, it should be tight on the black bar, but not too tight where it won't slide. You can check if the flat springs are worn out by removing and flipping them over, if the problem goes away, replace the springs. Last, the bracket for the cable could be binding, it should be able to pivot, if it does not, it could be screwed in too tight. - Nick at Pelican Parts.

Can you please tell me what part #s the flat springs are? Thanks!
April 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Those are the tension cables. You will have to partially remove the canvas top to replace them.
Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jbart Comments: 2000 Boxter top shudders at about midway when being raised or lowered.
March 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Start by checking the hydraulic fluid level. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jim Comments: Wayne, I was wondering if there are any areas in the Boxster top that needs lubrication. I have a 03 Boxster S with 70k miles. Jim Guarino ft lauderdale, Florida. ps. Thanks so much for your advice
March 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The suspension components are not serviceable. You do have to lubricate hinges and contact points. This should be in your owners manual in the service section. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mmcloud Comments: sorry the light for the convertible top. When I put my top up it over rotates and the transmission pops out of gear - it goes right back in gear when taking the top down. I am trying to understand what switch/relay that tells the motor to stop and turns the convertible light off in the instrument cluster.
March 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is a control module. I would check it for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mmcloud Comments: 98 boxster has a problem of over extending and pops out of gear with loud pop. I was wondering what tells the motor to stop and light to go off dash?
February 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What light are you referring to? The engine may be stalling from the episode, not from being told to. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
986Fan Comments: Nick - the top feels tight when I latch it into place. Where can I adjust?
February 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The adjustable parts are mentioned ere: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair/71-BODY-Convertible_Top_Repair.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts  
986Fan Comments: The top on my 2003 Boxster makes flapping sound when it's up and driving between 50-75 mph. Is there something I can do to fix this. I've had the car for almost 10 years and this is a fairly new issue.
February 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does the top pull down tight or does it feel loose? It may need an adjustment or have worn parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MattP Comments: Are the left and right clamshell pushrods exact mirror images of each other? Mine look slightly different and I am concerned that one of them may be damaged.
February 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They do look similar. See the photos here for reference.
http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/101P/POR_101P_BOX071_pg1.htm

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jonas Comments: If the push rod gets longer och shorter what will happen to the soft top? Will it not close correct?
February 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If not adjusted properly the top will not operate correctly, open or close. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Anthony Comments: The top motor on my 1999 Boxster does not activate when I press the dash button. When I got it, all the push rods and connectors for the top to the transmissions etc had been removed showing me there was an existing problem. I replaced the relay, the motor and microswitch, checked the fuses, the Park light comes on when I pull up the e-brake, and the windows go down when I release the top latch. I think the only thing I have not replaced is the dash switch. I have not replaced the transmissions yet, but I don't think they work as I've tested them with a drill. Is there a mircoswitch in the transmissions too? Any suggestions on where to go from here? The top open light is always on when I start the car whether the top is up or down then goes out after I drive it a few feet.
February 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the open top light is always ON, a microswitch may be misadjusted or faulty. Do you have access to a scan tool? You can easily check switch positions that way. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nvrtoocoldfortopdown Comments: Hi there, I have a 2003 boxster base and as of right now, my top seems to be moving up and down slower than normal. I'm going to go in and diagnose the problem but my question is what year did Porsche start using the "new transmission"? Is there a way to tell if the old or new style transmission is in my car and also, how much more reliable is the new style transmission? Finally, is the new style transmission also used in 987 cars as well? Thank you for your help!
January 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can run your VIN with and possibly see what it was equipped with, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help. I believe 987 will have an new style trans.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
KVR Comments: Hi. I just got a Boxster 98'.
When i try to lower the top, i open the hatch, and the windows go down as they should. But when i push the button, it just makes a humming sound, and nothing happens. The light in the dash is always on.
Hope you can help me.
December 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try pressing down on the clamshell lid. If it is not in the right position (microswitch) the top will go down.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
btschuster Comments: On my 2005 Boxster, the top is not properly aligned. I believe this is causing or contributing to the edges not falling into the guide channels every time and it looks like the picture here http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/560184-convertible-top-adjustment.html. I can't tell from this article and the pictures whether I need to disconnect the cables in order to us a drill to align the top or whether the end of the cable is accessible without disconnecting the cables from the motor assembly. Thanks!
October 6, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The cables are disconnected at the motor. The motor is located below the third brake light, attached to the interior body panel. Once disconnect, attach a drill as shown in this photo. - Nick at Pelican Parts
richie Comments: What brand of oil filters for the 1999 porsche boxster are recommended.
October 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I like the Porsche OEm filter or Hengst. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right filter.

Or buy the filters online here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/101P/POR_101P_BOX002_pg1.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
oldmactech Comments: Trying to reassemble mine after replacing the ball joints-all the pushrods removed. I noticed the passenger side larger pushrod is missing the c-clip in the metal ball joint. Trying to fabricate one now-not much luck with it.

Also, mine moves by the motor but doesn't seem to by using the drill-doing something wrong?
September 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would try to locate a new clip.

If it doesn't move with the drill, the cables may not be engaged. You did state it moves with the motor? This sounds odd that it would with one but not the other. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BoxerBuyer Comments: I have a 2003 Boxster S. When lowering the top, the glass rear window does not fully drop into the recess. This causes the top to not lower fully. I can reach back, grab the window, and force it in a down position. Then the top will lower fully. I would appreciate any tips.
September 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you can shove it down, the regulator is faulty. You may have to replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
malc Comments: Porsche boxster clam shell pulls further down when I try to open roof from closed position, if I jam a rag underneath clam or get someone to slightly lift it works fine, once completely open and lid is closed there is no problem in closing, it is just when roof is closed the clam shell pulls further down and jams solid, any helpers
September 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are three adjustments for the clamshell. Try adjusting the plastic stops at the rear corners of the clamshell. There is also a plastic sliding adjuster toward the front. Pushing the two plastic parts together will raise the front of the clamshell on that side, pulling them apart will lower that side. The support arm has an adjustment too, but I would not touch that unless you have replaced parts.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
HRA Comments: Thanks Nick for your advise. May you tell me where the relay is located? I appreciate your help.
September 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is located in the relay box above the driver footwell. See attached photo.- Nick at Pelican Parts
HRA Comments: hi everyone! Currently I have a Boxster S year 2000. The convertible top open without any problem, but when I going to close the top, I have to pull it with my hand, until reach close to the service position. I verified the lift mechanism and looks like both transmissions are adequately working.
Does any one have had the same experience and can tell me what is the problem? It's seems that the electric motor doesn't have the power to lift the top.

Thanks for your help.
September 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if the relay is failing under load. if it works with help, there may be an issue with the relay, not sending enough voltage. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
frustrated Comments: i have a 2004 boxter soft top when top raises it is rubbing on roll bar it never did before how can this be adjusted the tops rubber grabs and holds it down i have to push top back to clear roll bar
September 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the mounting and hinge points of the top linkage arms. There may be an issue causing it to be out of alignment.

Check that the top tension cables are attached properly (by the folding part of the rear window area, cables run from the top down to a fixed joint.) - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Yue Fan Comments: Can I mix a newer style transmission on one side with an older style on the other? In other words, are they the same gear ratio between new and old? Thank you!!
August 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I don't think so. To be sure, you can determine the part numbers of the items you want to use, if they do not, (the old side you want to replace with the newer part) then the answer is no. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
armandodiaz Comments: Thanks for the article. My only question about the article is the mention of the later style transmissions. From what year is considered later?
My problem..... I began hearing a popping noise coming from the passengers side.
August 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if I remember correctly, the top was changed in 2003 models. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bart Comments: 98 boxster porsche trunk lid light in dash is on all the time. Micro switch is working. Also has power & ground. How do you turn of the dash light when trunk is closed?
August 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the switch is working, the signal might not be getting all the way to the alarm control module. There may be a faulty wire. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tink Comments: Thank you for this forum. Are you at all familiar with an updated linkage adapter that is now made out of a different material? Is this available for purchase?
August 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Contact our parts specialist at 888-280-7799 and they'll help you get the parts you need - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Tink Comments: @Pasiuk57 - This issue happens with my '97 with similarly low miles. Sometimes when I drive over a bump in the road the windows will roll down, as if I've pushed the latch release to put down the top. I have to repeatedly push open and close the latch several times then then windows will go up. We have also had issues with the top going out of sync according to the garage that attempted to repair and they think that may have something to do with this issue. Not sure. Have had so much trouble with our top. $$$
August 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds to me like the latch closed indicator switch needs to be adjusted. The whole top may need to have the position switches adjusted so the control unit knows the correct position as the top opens and closes - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Tink Comments: @Bill - "Is this why my driver's side flooded and required a new rear control unit?" Definitely could have been from that side of the top being loose. Also check the drains on either side inside the to make sure they're not plugged up - this happened and we had the same problem with an expensive repair.
August 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for helping one of our readers - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Bill Comments: Can anyone tell me what they changed on the 2007 Boxster top? I am getting a dash message saying the "Convertible Top Ctrl Failed" and I get nothing when I push the roof switch to lower the top. The clamshell doesn't move nor does the roof. Is the message related to a switch on the clamshell? I've also got a fabric piece that sits below the back window. It is firmly attached on the passenger side but not on the driver's side. Is this why my driver's side flooded and required a new rear control unit? I believe this is another change for 2007 that instead of the anti-theft unit I have the rear control unit under the driver's seat. Any help would be appreciated!
July 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The soft top control unit has picked up a fault and you will need a scan tool to retrieve the fault code. You leak could be the loose fabric. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Andy Comments: I have a 1997, I cant remove the cable from the transmission end, its seem like the cable got stock in 1 inch way inside making the other ends of the motor cable short short 1 inch not to reach for it to turn, I have try to pull it off, but its wont get off, any ideal, or are there a part to replace the plastic part with the cable on the the transmission.
July 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check step 5, if that doesn't help the cable may be jammed. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you sort out what parts are available to repair your top. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jon K. Comments: This is a suggestion for as addition to the project 71 in the book 101 projects for your boxster. I had replace the pushrods for my top. I had always garaged my 1997 boxster until this year when I needed to rely on it as my daily driver. I had a severe water leak and during a torrential downpour my floors filled up with water and my security system malfunctioned and i was not able to start my car. Fortunately I was able to bale my car out without severe damage to my controls under the seatsair bag and security system. I found that when the pushrods for my top broke they ripped the liner in the top compartment. I was surprised that this is not mentioned in your bookI love the book. It looked like a major job to replace the liner so I repaired it with sealer and I believe my water leak problem is solved. I would like to save other boxster owners from possible damage and see the liner mentioned in your articles. Thank you for your great articles.
July 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Good point, thanks for the note! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Louis Comments: Wayne,on my 2000 986 the horn ring is either broken or just worn out. I had to remove fuse. Is this a do it myself project or should I have it repaired by dealer? air bag concern
July 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Just disconnect the battery before you start any work and put every back together the same way it came apart. If you have to remove the clockspring make sure you keep it in the same position when you re-install it - Nick at Pelican Parts  
protobobby7 Comments: 2000 Boxter S , after removing and completely disassembling the top to get the rear vinyl replaced I reassembled and everything went well except the two window cables that guide the canvass inside the frames always track outside the frames so I am putting the top up halfway and reaching out to finish guiding the cables inside the track and finish closing. Can't figure out why they no longer track to the inside.
June 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This can be caused by the velcro strap being misinstalled or worn out, the flat spring being worn out or the bracket for the cable binding. Start by inspecting the velcro strap, it should be tight on the black bar, but not too tight where it won't slide. You can check if the flat springs are worn out by removing and flipping them over, if the problem goes away, replace the springs. Last, the bracket for the cable could be binding, it should be able to pivot, if it does not, it could be screwed in too tight. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Johnny Comments: The lining of my 04 boxster has come out and hangs. I just need instructions to glue it back.
June 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is no good option to reattach it. Usually the fix is replacing the headliner. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Woj Comments: I have a 1998 Boxster. When I raised the roof up this morning, I heard a loud "crack, pause, crack pause, crack" sound from the mechanism as the roof was going up. The top made it 6" from the latch-point, and I was able to manually pull it the rest of the way and get it closed. I don't want to do any more damage to it assuiming that something's broken as opposed to just being misalinged. Two questions: 1 if I close the roof and something breaks, can I still manually lift the top to close it? 2 Any ideas on what's making the "crack" sound or how to fix it?
June 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's hard for me to guess as to what is making the noise.

i can say, it may or may not open and close manually. Depedns on what is failing. If it jams, it obviously won't function at all. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sadath Comments: Sir as u told me my top is allready open but know how to open the top cos when I am pressing the button voice is comming how to close a top???
June 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure I understand your question. If you are trying to figure how to operate the top, check your owners manual. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
papa jon Comments: I replaced the push rods for the top on my 1997 Boxster and everything is aligned properly but when I close the top and it reaches the very end where the cover is about to close it changes directions and starts to open. How do I syncronize the top so this doesn't happen and the light on my dash goes out
June 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This forum thread talks about syncing the top.

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/670015-how-install-sync-push-rod-convertible-roof.html


- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sadat Comments: Sir I have 986 boxster convertable it is not opening when I am pressing button to open the top some voice is comming tak tak like this but top is not opening what to do sir pls explain me wating for ur reply, plsss explaine with the pictures if it possible thankyou
June 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are going to have to manually open the top and inspect the parts. If there is a clicking noise, a motor may be skipping or binding.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
don Comments: what are the steps to sync convertible top on a 1999 Porsche carrera ?
June 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Synchronizing the top on your model is performed using a Porsche scan tool. I suggest taking the vehicle to a Porsche work shop. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pasiuk57 Comments: I have a 97 Boxster convertable and when I put the top down then the windows won't go up, not always but this morning I opened and shut the top three times and windows would not work. The windows only go down and not up. Super low mileage like 50K and the car is in great shape...
Please help!
May 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There may be an issue with a switch in the top. I would check operation of the top and windows using a Porsche scan tool. This way you can monitor the inputs and oputputs and see what is missing or blocking window operation. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tmichaelyocum Comments: I have a 2001 Boxster S. The left cable broke between the top motor and the left top transmission. I took off both transmissions and ran them backwards and forwards. They work fine. I have new cables installed on both sides. Everything seems to be working great, but the top motor will run to open the top, but will not run at all when the "up" top button is pushed. I do not hear anything in the double relay either when the "up" is pushed, but I do hear the relay when the "down" button is pushed and when the motor is plugged in, it works down, not up. Here are a couple of things I noticed: 1 my top motor does not have a micro switch on top of the motor and it only has two wires coming out of the motor the one on this website has multiple wires coming out of the top motor AND it has a switch on it to signal when the clamshell is down Did some not have that switch? 2 I have removed the double relay and smacked it on the bench to see if that would revive it, it did not.

Am I maybe missing some other micro switch that is not working and needs to be engaged for the top to go up? The parking brake sensor must be working as the motor works going down. Is the double relay, a "double" so that it relays one direction when it is pushed "down" top and the other half relays in the other direction when it is pushed "up" top. I think it must be the double relay? HELP?????? Thoughts???
May 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's possible the top of a switch is not synced correctly from the cables breaking. Have you tried aligning or syncing the top? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JR57 Comments: Re soft top just removed the relay to soft top put it back in now windows dont drop nolight on dash any idears ??????
thanks how do i test the relay
May 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I answered you in your earlier question. Thanks - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JR57 Comments: boxster 986 roof not working after changing window cable pull the top latch windows go down 2" but roof will not go down any idear thanks JR57

Re soft top just removed the relay to soft top put it back in now windows dont drop nolight on dash any idears ??????
thanks how do i test the relay
May 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The relay is built into the power top module. You cannot directly test it. You can test the inputs and outputs. connector 1 has the input for the switch, pins 6 , 7. However the best way to diagnose is using a scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
pats986 Comments: Hi, I have just purchased a 2003 Boxster S 986 and the roof opens perfectly but when closing at around the half way point I get a loud snapping noise which seems to be coming from the passenger side.
After this noise the roof continues to close.
How do I fix this problem? Thanks.
April 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you are getting a noise something is either out of alignment or broken. I would inaspect the convertible top components to see where the noise is generating from. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bcruiser Comments: follow up per comment May 6, 2012. I have found that rubber bushing per Fig 1-H had fallen on left side and able to put it back. However, on the right side the allen cap screw where hex socket is rounded and need new screw. Do you have part number on this screw? Can I buy this from you? Thanks.
November 23, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi there. You can order this bushing from the page here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/101P/POR_101P_BOX071_pg1.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
larry Comments: 2004 boxster s convertible top not going down. after starting car and puttng up ememgency brake disengage lock
the windows go down 4inches i depress switch hear a click but nothing happens. what should i check for?
November 13, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the windows go down as they are supposed to but the top doesn't move, this tells me the front microswitch is working. I would start by checking the top fuses and relay. You could have afaulty fuse or a bad relay. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gussey Comments: Hi Wayne. What a great article and comments. I have a 2005 boxster S 987, and the top won't retract. I unclip the roof and press the utton on the centre console an nothing. Not a sound. The dash indicates its opening. When I lock the car with the remote, the horn sounds a short beep. It looks like a micro switch is not making. Any ideas please? Also how can I retract the top like this to do any repairs? Thanks again
October 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's possible the front microswitch is not making contact. TO manually open the top:

Unlatch the convertible top at center of the windshield.

Then disconnect the white or red plastic cups at the base of the B-Pillar.

Then disconnect the black rod where they connect to the top V-levers.


Disconnecting the colored plastic cups allows the convertible top to be operated manually.

Disconnecting the black rod allows the clamshell to be operated manually.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
metrochamber Comments: I have the SAME problem as BIFFO on january 6. 2012, he wrote;

biffo Comments: Just refitted the microswitch in the roof for my 986 boxster following a few problems with windows coming down.
Only problem is the 2 retaining nuts that the torx head bolts screw into and are located in the metal windshield have both split and the bolts keep falling out.
Is there an easy way to replace these or does the windscreen need to come out? or is there a simple solution?

My retaining screws have split and will not hold the latch in place! What do I do??? Please help me Wayne, anyone!!!

2000 boxster

Thanks
September 19, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Looks like you have to replace the anchor for the screws. The threaded hole looks damaged from you photo. You could try an epoxy, then drill and retap it, might be worth a shot.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
AJ Comments: Hi - I have a '07 boxster 2.7 and recently I have noticed that the underside of the carpets behind the seats luckily on the UK drivers side! are wet after washing or heavy rain. All of the roof drains on the car are clear and pass water quicky. the carpet on the door panels is dry and it appears the leak is coming from behind. Any ideas what may be causing this? thanks in advance
August 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the drains are clear and appear to be working, the drain pan at the rear could be cracked or the leak could be at the base of the convertible top mounting bracket. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
scott Comments: Hi I am looking for a little help. I am a mobile detailer and detailed a boxster yesterday. I put the convertible top a little down so I could clean underneath the trunk part that come up to hide the top. When doing so, I can now not operate the top properly. That trunk piece does go up and down but the actual top with not go back and fold into that area. Anyone have any ideas as to what I did? Thanks, Scott
August 25, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Might be coincidence that it failed when you put it down. In the chance that you did do it, you may have hit or damaged an eelctrical component when cleaning. It's hard to say not knowing exactly where you cleaned or what you used to clean with. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bern Comments: 07 Boxter; Had broken push rods motor kept running so I pulled fuse. Seemed to me module under driver seat had monster corrosion inside. I replaced it, had it programmed at dealer and now I have nothing. Dealer said they could communicate with module and e brake switch was ok,but wanted $$ for more diag. Mobile tech guy said I had no codes,the 2007's don't have an e brake microswitch, and radio should shut off when I release conv top lever. I checked lever microswitch and it is ok. Any ideas?
August 22, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: One of the top relays could be faulty. Likely the top open, there may have been a short caued by the corrosion. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ouisiek Comments: On a 2002 Boxster, only the left side driver side gets stuck 1/2 way through opening the roof. What parts would you recommend replacing?
August 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a bad drive cable or a faulty pushrod. Inspect the pusrods and see if they are installed. Then check the condition of the cable at the electric motor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
J9 Comments: Also too. With the 98 boxster
It's been hot here the last couple of weeks. Running the car with the ac. The thermostat really starts to rise close to the 120. Is it in need of a simple coolant flush or radiator flush. I know it's hard guess without looking at the car. It just seem every time I take it in. The dealership takes me for more$. Thanks for all your help. This site is great
July 18, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are the radiator cooling fans running at high speed? A cooling system flush is a good starting point. You want to confirm cooling fan and thermostat operation too. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
J9 Comments: Hi. I have a 98 boxster. The lights on the dash are starting to get dim. And the clock function doesnt even show up anymore. Is there a way of replacing the bulbs behind the dash or do I have to replace the whole control system? If so what do I call it and how much should it cost?
July 18, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can service the bulbs in the instrument cluster. Remove the instrument cluster from instrument panel, separate the two halves and replace the bulbs you desire. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
daveincave67 Comments: hello, My roof started to act up tonight... only the passenger side is moving and I do hear the motor working. Do these motors ever go on one side or is the motor a dual function and as long as one side is working then the motor must be ok? If so I will start looking at the cable to the transmission on the side of the body...
June 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if a cable is faulty. Anything is possible, but usually if the motor fails both sides break. If only one side is broken, could be the cable. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lwin Comments: I have a 1997 Boxter and my top will not go up. I have followed instruction on how to manually pull up but after poping out push rods I stll can not pull up the main cover that holds convertible top. I need help in pictures showing step by step showing how to do it.
June 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Please look in your owners manual as it explains emergency top operation. I suspect you have not released the drive lever from the drive transmissions on each side.  
fredi Comments: I have a 2000 boxster and convertible top motor works but only one side goes up and down. Could you recommend an affordable repair shop near Huntington Beach, Ca? I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge, a couple of shops tried to get me to buy a new motor and rip me off.
May 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would personally take it to Callas Rennsport over here in Torrance. They know these cars inside and out. On the other hand, if you read the article, it's pretty easy to fix this I think. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
bcruiser Comments: I have 1998 boxster and hearing a big tudd sound right before the top latches to top windshield mechanism. Just got this fixed about a month ago replaced all the rods and rubber bushings and got fixed. However, during a stop light, I decided to close the top and all of a sudden heard this tudd sound again when closing. When I get home to check mechanism found nothing obvious and tried again but can not duplicate the noise. Any ideas?
May 6, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like it's getting stuck on something. I'm guessing that your rear clamshell is not properly aligned and is sticking on the rear decklid. You might want to have an assistant open and close the lid while you carefully watch the rear decklid to see if it is hanging up. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
GB Comments: I enjoyed reading your repair article on boxers. Are there any similar repair articles available for the 1987 911/993 convertable top? Please let me know of any information advise or leads you have on that subject. Thanks.
March 18, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not currently. If we get the chance to repair one, we will be sure to create a tech article for it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Johnny Comments: I have a 2002 Boxster and my top has been working fine. no indication of motor or switch proble. When I release the roof latch the windows come down but when I press the opon button on the console, nothing happen. There is no sound as if switch is not working.

Will appreciate any advice you may have. Thanks!
March 13, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the top fuses and relay. If they are OK, there may be a microswitch that is out of adjustment not allowing the top to open. Does the top open light come on as soon as you press the button?

have someone put a litle pressure on the clamshell, if it opens when you do this, the microswitch for the clamsheel needs to be adjusted.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Charlie Comments: Do you have photos for replacing a top my window is cracked and need to replace, any suggestions?
February 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No sorry we don't. If we get the chance to perform the repair, we will be sure to document it.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jonno Comments: I own a 2005 Boxster S. One of the 4 plastic strips that form the sides of the convertible roof is deteriorating and cracking. Are these plastic strips easily replaceable and do they have individual part numbers? It is the strip that runs along the top of the right door window.
January 9, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They can be replaced. If I remember correctly, they are held in by six T20 Torx screws. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Stavros Comments: Today my 2005 top stopped working, while opened fully. The switch clearly works because the screen displays that the convertible top is closing when I wiggle it, but NOTHING happens physically. There is no motor noise, nothing. I can't close the top. I pulled the fuse e3 and replaced it with the spare 30 amp fuse, nothing changed, still doesn't work. Help?
December 25, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The first thing I would check would be the motor in the back. Remove the motor and/or wire up 12 volts to it to see if it's operational. Then, just start backtracking from there if the motor works. You can also check to see if there is 12V getting to the motor when the switch is pressed. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
John99Boxster Comments: Ref. Figure 3 above. I need to replace the drivers side push rod. I am not able to compare the length of the old one because it broke off and was severely bent at some point.

How would I go about making sure the new rod is the correct length before installing?
November 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You want to line up the roof, and then line up the mechanism attached to the roof transmission. The adjustment is there to make up for variances in the roof - I would match it to the opposite side to start. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
dtran1id Comments: Hi,
For this project #71 I could not find the part B in your part place to order. Can you tell me what part # so I can do the order if you don't have it in stock can you give me the part # so I can look somewhere else? Also, do you have the convertible top push rod cap sell separately?

Thanks.
November 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's called a ball pin, and the part number is 986-561-689-00. You can order it by simply typing the part number into our search engine. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Darren69 Comments: Thank you - i just brought a porsche boxster and the electric roof was not working. Im not a mechanic or anything but using your instructions was able to identify 3 faults and get it going again without ordering parts and aligned it too. Many Many Thanks - You have saved me a small fortune.
November 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No sweat, glad to have helped out! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Creature Comments: Love the forum! Wonder if anyone can comment on a 2003 Boxster S where the very rear portion of the soft top has come unglued ? a bit and want to reattach. Anyone have a procedure, any guide, recommendation on an adhesive to use?
thanks in advance!!
John
November 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm going to copy this question to the forums: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/ - can you post a picture of what you're referring to there? thx - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Tom Comments: My 2000 Boxster top has a problem-will not open. I have
checked fuse-okay. Replaced relay with new-still nothing.
The emergency brake light on dash appears. I have held the
micro switches on top release handle in while depressing dash button-nothing. Only thing at this point I have not
tried is replacing dash switch-I cannot see a way to get to
the back side of dash panel. Everything was working fine-just quit.
Your expertise and help would be greatly appreciated.


Absolutely nothing happens when the dash switch is held in
the on position
November 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unfortunately, there's no error codes or anything like that for this system (not that I'm aware of). There is another switch that indicates that the clamshell is closed, located in the back by the motor (just above it). That may have failed, although I'm not sure it would show up in this problem. I would check that switch, the dash switch, and also the motor itself to see if it's failed. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Ryan Comments: HI Wayne,

My 2000 Boxster Top is an issue.
pressing the Open button causes a groaning sound in the motor which stops after 3 seconds, and the Top doesnt even move an inch.

How can i resolve this, and more importantly How expensive are the parts.

October 31, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Take a look at the article here - it covers all of the steps required to troubleshoot this problem. I personally would start with the motor and check the cable. Remove the cable from the two transmissions and see if it spins freely. Then, disconnect the transmission from the top mechanism and see if it also works smoothly. Also, check the whole operation of the top for smoothness by moving it by hand. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Steve Comments: Does the 944 cabriolet follow the same process as the boxster?
October 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, I haven't worked on a 944/968 cabriolet. I would guess though that they are not similar, since the Boxster top is very small. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
carjunky Comments: How do you reconnect the rear compartment lid push rods once they've been disconnected? The top is in the down position following the emergency top up procedure. The Top has been put back down and the top push rods have been connected but the compartment lid push rods do not reach.
October 11, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If I read your question correctly, I would recommend that you put the roof up into the 1/2 up position, and then try to reconnect the rods (after lifting the clamshell up about 1/2 way too). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
saud Comments: hi my boxster s 2000 soft top stop go down and up ibout the top motor and fit it its start move like somthing hold it and it fal faster and stop again bout it start wired with strang sound not like normal bye
October 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like something in the mechanism is holding up the works, and/or your motor or cable is getting worn out. I would simply go through the steps in the article to see if you can find any worn out components. You just need to start looking at each component carefully. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
tckeep22 Comments: I just need two new push rods.
October 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tckeep22 Comments: The top latch was not fully released when I tried to lower the roof and it sounds like something snapped. The motor lifts the rear lid but does not move the roof at all. Any advice?

nevermind. I just need two new push rods.
October 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Actually, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. If you put enough force on the rods to snap them, then chances are the boomerang-shaped pieces are also bent, and your two transmissions may be damaged as well. This is *exactly* what happened to the white care featured in this tech article. In the end, we had to replace both rods, both boomerangs, both transmissions, the cable, and then we had to bend some sheet metal back into place. Not good. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Nicolas Comments: Excellent article. I just got the same issue with my 2002 Boxster, the dealer is asking $1700 to fix it, but thanks to this article I figured out it only needs a pushrod ... thanks again !
September 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Scott O Comments: This is a great forum.
My 2001 Boxster S top suddenly stopped working. It is in the up / closed position. When I release the top windshield lever, the windows lower an inch like normal, but when I press the dash mounted switch, nothing happens. I think this may be a switch but I don't know how to diagnose this.
Please offer a suggestion. Thanks,
September 25, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are a few switches that could be causing this issue. There's one in the back by the motor. There's one in the top of the windshield, and then there's one on the e-brake. I would probably check out all three of these first before moving onto the next step. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Phil Comments: Can you help. I have repaired the roof after a broken cable BUT now on closing the roof the tranmission, which is the later type with the switch, over rotates and this has now broken another cable. What do I adjust to stop this happening?
August 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the cable is breaking, then it most likely means that one side is out of adjustment with the other side. If you check the article, you will find the procedure for aligning the roof together using a power drill or the roof motor itself. You can also make sure that the switch is properly operating, otherwise it may not realize that the roof is actually closed. Now that I think of it, that is probably your issue. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bernie bonkalski Comments: I removed the broken convertible top cable on the right side and replaced it; howeve, after I installed the new cable and put all back together when I attached the drill to adjust the tansmission nothing turns. When a trnsmisson fails does it cause the cable to break.
August 17, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have a feeling that your cable is not seated all the way in either the motor or the transmission. Either that, or the "square hole" that the cable end mates to is rounded out or damaged. Check where both ends of the cable enter into the transmission and the motor and see if the "square hole" is intact and not rounded out. If it is, you'll have to replace that piece with parts from a used motor or transmission or replace the whole motor or transmission (expensive!). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bfloeyes11 Comments: The roof cover on my 2000 boxster has a small triangular trim piece that is missing on the passenger side. I have looked through several parts manuals but can't seem to find a part number. Anybody know what the number is?
August 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is tough to figure out without a photo. I'm going to copy this question to our forums, and send you a link. If you can update the forums with a photo, then we can figure out the part number for you. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mep Comments: Just bought a great '97 Boxster with only 16,000 mi on it! Two weeks later, convertable top won't go up and down. My question: If this is a common problem with the original transmission and it has been replace with a "more reliable new one", why won't Porsche at least pay for 1/2 the repairs or supply the parts? This is going to cost me an unexpected 2-3,000.00, by the time I pay for the parts and labor.
August 6, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yup, if this had broken within the first two years, then Porsche would have most certainly upgraded and replaced the broken parts. But 14 years later, they are hard-pressed to say that the original owner got good life out of the car. I would buy the parts and do-it-yourself to save one the labor - the procedure is not too difficult. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jk Comments: The central roof latch unit attached to the center windshield of my 98 Box just came apart. Other than that the power top works great. What do I do?
July 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure what you can do other than replace the unit there. There should be a microswitch in there that tells the car that the roof is properly closed. Without having this switch set properly, you probably won't be able to roll up your windows. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EIFFEL Comments: Do you know approximately how many labour hours to change the 2 convertible top push rods with the roof alignment after the replacement?

Mine is a 2005 987 Boxster.
July 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure, it's a bit of a loaded question. Typically, you don't need to replace these unless something disastrous has happened to the roof. If that is the case, then often there are other components that are damaged, and simply replacing the rods won't necessarily fix the problem. However, to answer your question, it would probably take me about two hours, assuming that is all that is needed to be done. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
buffedasian Comments: On my Dad's 2001 S Boxster some times the switch to the Top stalls after one hour he is able to close it. It is a bad switch that need to be replaced.
June 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are at least four switches - the one on the dash, the one in the e-brake handle, the one on the front of the windshield, and one in the back by the motor. It may be any one of these that are causing problems, I would take a look at the windscreen and motor switches first, and then the e-brake one, if you think the problem is switch-related. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Matt Comments: I have a 2002 porsche boxster and i am considering removing my top to have the back plastic replaced. Is this something that is manageable or should it be taken to a professional. My primary concern is with the double sided tape,sealant, etc. Thanks Matt
May 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's not really a beginner project - I wouldn't do it if you haven't done many other projects previously. It takes some patience and some skill to get the old roof off and the new one on properly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
gare Comments: Wayne I have a 1997 boxster with a top that has seen better days I have a leak passenger rear where the top meets the body of car not sure what seals I require,the top has no power can I disconnect the fuse and operate manually,can I cut out plastic window and replace it with more plastic from the hardware store is there an appoxi type glue I can apply to the rip in my top???? any advise would be greatly welcomed thank you
March 25, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yikes, lots of questions here. I'm going to copy this to the forums so that we can discuss it further there. In general, there aren't really many seals on the top itself that are replaceable (like the older cars). If your top has no power, then you have some issues there. You might want to consider bolting a hard top onto the car and driving it that way, as it may be easier and cheaper in the long run. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
59coupe Comments: Wayne, what about replacing the plastic gear in the transmission? Mine seems to stripped.
March 5, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, as I mentioned in your post on the forums, the gear is not available separately. If you get a moment, please post some pics of that in the forums - perhaps we can look into reproducing that little gear for everyone ( http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/595216-replacement-gears-top-tranny.html) - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Mh Comments: How do I check or reset my convertible to 996 2001 it will not go down the light just flashes but nothing happens
February 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The roof mechanism for the 996 is controlled by a central computer. In order to figure out what is wrong, you need to hook it up to the Durametric code reader software (or the factory PST-2 tool), and read out the codes for the roof repair. The computer should then tell you what is wrong, and point you on your way to fixing it. The Boxster roof is basically a manual system that doesn't have a complex computer controlling it (just a small control module plugged into the area above the fuse box). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Mh Comments: Will this work on a 2006 996?
February 11, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, no. The 996 convertible uses an entirely different system than the Boxster. The 996 is hydraulic and the Boxster is cable-driven. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
jimbo Comments: If my top is down on a 2001 boxster and wont go up and i need to drive home in the rane what can i do to get it up to get it home so i can fix it at home
November 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you look at this article, you can see where the transmission links to the roof mechanism. Disconnect the balls from the transmission using a letter opener or something like that (they are red in the photo above). Then you should be able to move the top up and down.

Ooops, I just saw that your top is down. You will have to get to these from behind the seats - a much more difficult task, but still possible. - Wayne at Pelican Parts
 
Les Comments: Has anyone converted the top to manual operation with long term success? The transmissions are very pricey and I wouldn't mind opening and closing by hand.
October 27, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not that I am aware of. You can easily disconnect the transmission and lower the roof by hand, but you also need to disconnect or remove the clamshell too. Without the clamshell cover connected, I'm quite sure it will bounce around and make a lot of noise. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bronco Comments: Tried the 3M Super Weatherstrip on my problem with the convertible liner on my 2004 Boxster, didn't work. It still pulls out of the track under the latch for the top?
Help!
September 26, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you post a picture in a post in our Boxster forums? http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/ - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bronco Comments: The convertible liner on my 2004 Boxster keeps pulling away from the frame right under the locking mechanism for the top. Any suggestions on how to get it reattached?
August 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If I'm right in thinking about what you're talking about, then there may have been a factory update for this. On aftermarket tops, there are two "helper straps" that assist in preventing this from happening. In your case, I would try some 3M SuperWeather strip adhesive, but I'm not 100% sure what the issue is, so that may or may not help. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: I finally got it. You are absolutely right. It is the switch near the motor that is not functioning thats why the lever keeps going around until it gets stock. Thanks for your help
August 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Great! I like it when my guesses turn out to be correct! :) - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: Hi wayne, thanks again. There is something i discovered and maybe i could share it everyone. To align the right and left assemblies, one just needs to disengage one cable, left or right, then use the switch at the dashboard to open an close the top to align. No need for a drill.

Back to my problem, I think it is more of the leverboomerang shapetogether with the push rods getting stock somewhere then the motor stops and it is usually in the closed positionlid. I had to disengaged the pushrodslid to get the motor going again. All I wanted to do is manually open the canvas topcoz those plastic tips of the canvas top push rods brakes easily which i can but I would like the LID to closed mechanically to keep tight and aligned.
August 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Right, I actually mention that method in Figure 7.

On our project car here, we started with the replacement of the plastic ball ends, then the rods, then the triangle piece, then the cable, and finally the transmissions. With all that done, the back cover (clamshell) still did not close 100% perfectly because the actual brackets in the car that attach to the sheetmetal also got slightly bent. So, in order to get everything working again, it may be an expensive proposition. - Wayne at Pelican Parts
 
Joe Comments: I was able to opened it got the push rods working and the motore working but... now the problem is the motor or switch does not recognize whether the lid is fully opened or closed and the motor just keeps going until it popped all the push rods from their proper places... need your expertise again.
August 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are two switches, one located in the top of the front windshield, and one located in the mount for the roof motor. I would suspect the switch near the motor is broken. Trouble is, you have to buy the whole mount to get this switch. I would test it with a multi-tester and see if it's broken. You might be able to find a replacement switch at an electronics store. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: thanks just what i did and it worked...
August 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe Comments: Good article but how do you open the rear lid when it is shut closed and will not open by pressing the switch? I can hear the relays click but nothing happens. Is there a manual over ride? I actualy disengaged the two push rods because the plastic tips broke and after doing that I pressed the switch and the rear lid closed and will not open again.The roof is in the closed position becauase i was able to manually pull it up after disengaging the push rods. Need help on this and thank you.
July 27, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Although I haven't had to do this myself, I think you need to reach in through the passenger compartment and disconnect the pulls for the bottom of the roof and the long plastic piece connected to the roof. Then pull up the back part of the roof. That should give you just a bit of access to remove the engine cover carpet, and then you should be able to reach the motor at the rear, or the clips on the side of the mechanism. Huge pain in the butt. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Manx47 Comments: Sure would be useful to have an article about completely removing the top and replacing it with another one as I'm attempting now.
July 3, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There's an article on this right here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/70-BODY-Convertible_Glass_Window/70-BODY-Convertible_Glass_Window.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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