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Old 11-05-08
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So I was driving today, and went to put the top up as we parked into a restaurant. It's always taken a while to go up (and down), so I wasn't really concerened. Until I stopped hearing the little motor cranking.

Long story short, I had to manually raise my top. Following the manual of course.

It did the same thing to me a few days ago, but somehow managed to fix itself overnight.

From what the previous owners told me, they NEVER put down the top.

I'ts been working for about 2 months now for me, but I guess the abrupt use of the top was too much for it.

What should I do about this ??

I CAN'T drive with my top up. It's like going to a buffet and not eating.

ALL HELP IS IMMENSLY APPRECIATED !!
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so the motor simply stopped? check the hydraulic fluid level. maybe it's low and messing with the motor (though i don't know how i could ever leak if the top was never operated). the motor could be weak, but that's also doubtful with you being the only one to operate the top. why in hell would someone buy a convertible and never put the top down?
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if it was never operated the hydraulic seals could be rotted and leak, ( the fluid actually acts as a lube) adn keeps them from drying out)Try to see if yo can fill it ( but they may need to be rebuilt... bummer)
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Any idea how I would go on about doing this ?

I've looked for guides or write-up, but havent found anything of much use.

Any pictures or diagrams would be great. Thanks guys!
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Wow, thanks so much man!

I'm definately going to do thgat this weekend.

Do you know if I can use the 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil insted of the Saab Hydraulic fluid like the sticky starter ?

Thanks again!
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Use the recommended fluid only. Those are really expensive to fix and you don't want to mess that system up. It'll cost you a lot more than the cost of that oil. I know it's expensive but what can you do
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Well, I guess the Saab hydraulic fluid is the best way to go.

I'll let you guys know once I get to the Fluid container, and maybe post a few pics.

Thanks !
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I am in the same boat as I think mine is low on hydralic fluid as well. Let us know how you make out.
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