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Soft Top Learning Curve Snafu

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by zedzen, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. zedzen

    zedzen Dedicated Member

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    More head shaking for you:

    Whilst applying previously discussed tonneau cover, I casually pushed down the right angled hood clips that otherwise secure under the front windscreen. Well, come the end of playtime tonight, I discovered they didn't pop back out! Had anyone else done this and, if so, whats the remedy??? Pleaseeeeee

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  2. Snoops

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    Sorry if I'm misunderstanding you Rob but do you mean the 2 handles (1 each side) that locks the hood in place??

    If so just pull them back out - I always close mine again once I have pushed the hood open a little, before opening fully but I've noticed a lot of cars with them still open with the hood down, just looks neater for me and I think you have to close them to put the tonneau on.
     
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    Ok, you mean the right angled hooks? Whatever am i doing wrong?! They wouldn't budge for me. Whats the knack? Not that I'm desparate !!

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    Have you closed the roof fully so the hooks are resting on the frame?? If so then just pull it back a couple of inches until it rests, then open the handles, sometimes they can be a bit stiff - especially if they've not been used.

    Can you take a picture to make sure we're on the same wavelength here??
     
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    I'll try in the morning and if I fail, I'll get the Iphone camera going!

    I can see some interesting times ahead. Thank God for owner's forums :)

    Rob
     
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    I sense an embarrased Rob posting in the morning :ymblushing: :))

    Don't worry we have all been there at some time.
     
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    Roof closed but handle fully unlocked and lock dis-engaged underneath
    [​IMG]

    Push the roof at the front until it stops and rests by itself
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    At this point I always close the locks back before I power the hood fully open
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    If you've let your roof come down fully then the lock will be sitting on the top of the windscreen
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    Lift it back as in point 2 above until it is sat by itself in the 1st position
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    Fully open the handles again
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    Use the centre hand hold to pull the roof down whilst you fully close the handles 1 by one
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    Depending on how taut your roof is depends on how much pressure you need to close the handles. This is the handle partly closed with the tooth of the lock engaged
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    Just apply more pressure to fully close the handle
    [​IMG]

    I hope we're talking about the same thing here as my other half is wondering what I'm doing going in the garage at this time of night with the camera :D

    and............ look at all that dust in my car :ymblushing:
     
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    Snoops my wife would also be thinking the same. :D

    I must say though I am disapointed you didn't clean the dust off first though. ;)
     
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    I know shocking !!!!

    Snoops ont'apatalk
     
  10. GazHyde

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    Looks like a candidate article for the 'noobs' wiki :-^
     
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    If you think so i'll do it again. For goodness sake don't do it with my dusty pictures :(

    Snoops ont'apatalk
     
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    I think some introductory Wiki articles are a good idea. Often the seemingly obvious stuff is ignored.

    I remember taking my Z3 for a test drive before I bought it, and spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to drop the roof. :ymblushing:

    Things like lowering the spare wheel are not blindingly obvious either.
     
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    took me a while to work out reverse, i was pushing the stick in, pulling the knob, looking for buttons and allsorts. Luckily my previous car had a stiff first gear and i accidentaly slipped into reverse, Did it a fair few times in the first week of ownership. Aswell as catching my ''clown feet'' on the dead pedal and missing gears.
     
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    How about how do I take my hardtop off?

    :D
     
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    Do you know how :p

    Snoops ont'apatalk
     
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    Damit.... :ymblushing:
     
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    I'll ask these chaps to give you a hand

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    Was making me feel better as i know mine looks the same :D
     
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    Snoops! Problem Solved! I think I need to buy the owner manual and stop worrying that I shall break it every 5 minutes! Big thankyou for the pics. It made logical sense instantly!

    Rob
     

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