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Old 04-18-2017, 06:51 PM
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Question SL500 MY 2000 - Soft Top will not retract

I have a 2000 My SL500 that has been in storage for about a year. I have started it every 3 months and have used Gas Stabilizer.

I Am getting it out of storage now that we have better weather. When I tried to drop the top. The rear window retracted but the front did not retract at all. There also is no sound from the front of the soft top.

Any ideas what can be wrong? I would like to fix this myself but am also taking it to the dealer in a few days and will have them look at it if I can't fix it soon.

Please help.
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might try locking down the top manually and trying again. does your manual show sychronization procedure for the top? there are micro-switches at each point in the sequence of opening and closing, they tell the controller what to do next. there is a micro-switch on the bow cylinder. does the storage compartment open? some switches/sensors can be tested easily in place, others not so easy. all can be tested at the controller harness.

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Old 04-21-2017, 01:20 PM
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Thanks all for the quick responses. I tried several of these and got the soft top to now retract. Glad that I did have to ask the dealer to work on this !!
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Thanks all for the quick responses. I tried several of these and got the soft top to now retract. Glad that I did have to ask the dealer to work on this !!
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