CONVERTIBILE TOP GOES DOWN BUT NEEDS HELP TO COME BACK UP

  • Tiny
  • rickb
  • 2003 Ford Mustang
  • 70,000 miles

My top goes down ok but when I try to put it back up I can hear the motor but roof only raises a bit and then needs help

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 7:46 PM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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Check the fluid. If it is ok, then either a pump or the little cylinders are bad.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 7:51 PM
  • Tiny
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How do I check the fluid

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 8:00 PM
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Apparently, the fluid is self contained.

Here is the procedure for removing the hydraulics.
REMOVAL

NOTE: The convertible top hydraulic components are removed from the vehicle as an assembly. The hydraulic components are individually repaired and the system must be bled before being installed into the vehicle.

Hydraulic system

Unlatch the convertible top.
Remove the rear quarter trim panel.

Remove the screw and disconnect the electrical connectors.
NOTE: This step applies to vehicles equipped with the Mach sound system.

Remove the screws.
Remove the speakers.

Remove the two cylinder rod mounting bolts.
Fully lower the lift cylinders.

Remove the nuts and the lift cylinders.

Release the hydraulic line retainers on each side.

Disconnect the motor electrical connector.

Pull up on the motor to release the rubber retainers.
Remove the motor and cylinders as an assembly.
Lift cylinder

Remove the hydraulic lines from the cylinder.
NOTE: Prior to their removal, mark the upper and lower hydraulic lines to insure correct installation on the new cylinder.

Motor assembly

Remove the hydraulic lines from the motor assembly.
NOTE: Prior to removal, mark the hydraulic lines to insure correct installation of the motor assembly.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 8:27 PM

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