How Do You Replace A Convertible Roof
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Roof Repair And Replacement For Convertible Cars
When the warm summer days pass you by, and the winter begins to settle in, it's time for convertible top car owners to think about any repairs or replacements they need to make to their soft-top convertibles.
There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, during the summer, the convertible top of your car will see more use, and therefore is more likely to have suffered some minor wear. Secondly, you'll want to get everything ship-shape to handle the harsher winter weather.
The alternative materials of your soft-top, whether vinyl or fabric, and its lifespan can be extended through proper care and maintenance when it isn't being used as frequently.
This also provides you with the perfect opportunity to patch any small nicks or tears and maintain the electrical operating system, hopefully without resorting to a complete replacement of the convertible top.
However, while a convertible top replacement may sound like a daunting challenge, in most cases, it is not a complicated task. The numerous convertible top specialists throughout Britain can help with any replacement needs you might have. Of course, if you're feeling a bit handy, manufacturers often provide detailed instructions on how to replace your convertible top yourself to help cut costs.
Although, if prevention is what you're going for, here are a few tips on maintaining and repairing your convertible soft-tops.
Common Issues With Convertible Tops
The threat of your convertible top suddenly failing you is a worry for all convertible car owners. If you have a vehicle of considerable age, this threat becomes all the more likely.
Naturally, if you press the switch in your centre console and it doesn't work, pressing it a few more times might solve the issue for now. But if it persists, there may be something more serious at play.
The best way to troubleshoot the issue is to get to know your convertible top system. Luckily, most of these systems use the same mechanics to operate them, so you only need to learn about them once.
Given their similarity, the issues that convertible tops run into are also common between different models. However, they should be fairly similar for classic and new models. Here we'll take a look at a few of them:
If your convertible soft-top won't budge when you activate the switch, there is likely an issue with the relay, lift cylinders or fuse.
Another common issue with convertible soft-tops is the cover moving slowly when you raise or lower it. This is most often a problem with the lift cylinders.
Faulty lift cylinders or broken cables can also cause convertible tops to become stuck when in motion.
Other issues could be caused by faults or wear in the electric motor that drives the soft or hardtop of your convertible.
Of course, the source of any issue could always lie in the operating switch if it is damaged or faulty.
Replacing a Car Convertible Top
If you find that you need to replace your convertible top entirely, we have provided here a few tips on the process of making the replacement.
This guide only applies to soft-top installations rather than hardtop convertibles. Naturally, the first place to start with convertible top installation is by purchasing a replacement top and having it ready.
You should also familiarise yourself with the manufacturer's instructions and ensure you have the tools required to have your convertible top replaced.
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