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Does anyone know if the locking catches for a cabriolet can be adjusted or replaced?

One side is locking correctly when the roof is down but the other side needs some adjustment or part replaced as it's showing sign of wear and the hook does not lock over the fixing to hold in place (it slips and roof doesnt stay locked in place).

You can see the wear on the silver part in photos any advice appreciated!

This is a picture of the locking mechanism…

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probably 1 for carl chortle to look into.. most parts can be fixed its just how. they are in awkward position  and off top of my head i cant think if the are threaded or welded in to place.  look for chortle on here. or brian01234  he may have fixed one in the USA

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On a new to me car that had a similar issue I found that the side wing from the headliner to the plastic surround wasn't clipped (the binder was missing).  



This allowed a Plethora of things to roll off the parcel shelf and in to the hinge area ie: bottle of sunscreen, two tennis balls, and some small toys to pile up and prevent the hinge from closing.  So you might want to look it to that.
The other time was a Strut that was partially frozen when the top was folded or so I thought until I got it out and noticed that it was bent.


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Cabriolet roof locking catches help

How often do you oil all the hinge points?
What often happens is that the plastic spacers that space the frame components out and keep them steady often fall out because no one oils them.
They go dry and brittle then crack and fall out.
This then gives excess play and the once round holes go oval causing the frame to sit incorrectly.
That can cause issues of the frame not sitting down properly or moving forward enough to reach the header.

On the hood latch down you should oil the spring set up of the tab lever.
If the plastic washer has dropped out the frame that pin is on slips inwards and the pin doesn’t reach properly to lock.

You can either grind the back off the weld and tap the pin out and get some longer round bar and weld new length on or weld a small section to the end of the pin to make it longer.
Bit difficult to fully see without having car in front of us as you operate the frame up and down.


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When putting the top down you should latch the drivers side first followed by the passenger side.
You need to press down to pop the pin far enough forward to latch.

But I’d oil the lot.
You can easily enough remove the plastic side trims by the seat back rest and inspect further.
Blast some WD40 down there to clean off any old gunk or dirty grease.
The release tabs should depress and  spring back up with no issue.


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Hi everyone thanks so much for your replies.

Couple of questions:

Is there a specific type of lubricating oil you would recommend and should I do all the hinge points?

I will try locking the drivers side first then the passengers, and spray some wd40 inside. Is it easy enough to take the trim by the back bench either side to get a better look (just a case of pulling it off?).

When the release buttons are pressed down the hood does not spring up. Does that mean by gas struts need replacing?

Many thanks, Doug

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No not really the struts I believe are to control and help the fall of the hood so not to trap fingers.  I could be wrong.. but you can get new struts , I may have some I know I.can order them .

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The top should spring up once released. The gas struts help push the top forward so it’s easier and slow the fall when it’s lowered.
I’ve had cars where there’s no gas left in the strut at all.
I can get new or your old ones Re gassed.


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Plastic trim requires rear seat removal and 8 screws undoing after you’ve undone the winder handle and popped the door cards off.
Sounds a lot but it’s easy and quick.


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Hi. I have two new gas struts ready to replace the current ones as the hood does not spring up when I unlock the one side that locks correctly. Is it easy enough to do myself, is there a guide at all? I assume it includes removing the whole headliner?

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Slide your hand behind the headliner from the side and have a feel.
You’ll find the clip and washer.
The clip is a slide on like a circlip with has a lip so you can remove it by hand.
There’s also the rubber eye cover thug goes over the strut ends either side


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Slide your hand behind the headliner from the side and have a feel.
You’ll find the clip and washer.
The clip is a slide on like a circlip with has a lip so you can remove it by hand.
There’s also the rubber eye cover thug goes over the strut ends either side


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Thug? Lol… your fingers must be cold..

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Thug, bumper, rubber anti-squeal stop, rubber cover, we all call things a wee bit different, but lets see what the ETKA says… Answer is.

Compensating Piece.  
There is also a large thick washer to be mindful of as  it has a tendancy to fall off and keep you fingers on the lock clip as they tend to fall as well usually they end up behind the cardboard boot covers in the nooks and crannies… Still avail at most dealers over this side of the big lake.

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compensating thug

Do not know a lot but willing to help if possible

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Can’t beat a bit of thuggery lol!


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