The support straps which run front to back, on each side, under the top, attached
from bow to bow.
The black vinyl pocket in the well/trunk area which the tops sinks down into.
Side Tension Cables
The cables which run along the edge, under the top, and help keep the top taught,
primarily above the door windows.
The stripping which is installed into the top frame allowing the top to be
stapled to the frame.
This covers the top when it is folded down, either snapping or clipping into
The very important rubber which attaches to the top frame creating a wind and
Various components such as latches, bows, bolts, etc.
Frame Painting & Lubricating
While the top is stripped, this is the ideal time to scrape, rustproof, paint
and lubricate the frame.
Ocassionally, frames need to be adjusted. This is also best done when the top
is off the car.
When an automatic top stops working, it is usually the motor/pump which drives
the fluid to the pistons/cylinders which needs to be replaced.
These parts actually drive the automatic top frame up and down.
They deliver the hydraulic fluid from the motor to the pistons and back.
Generally, when a motor is pumping but the top is working very slowly, it is
because there is air in the lines. They will need to be bled and have more
fluid added to the system.
Some models have a lined layer of padding between the top and a headliner.
Sometimes just the padding lining needs to be changed.
Some models have a separate headliner which can be reused with the new top
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