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Old 05-13-2018, 12:11 AM
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Hello all,

For the past year I've had an issue with my roof not working and I've spent a lot of time and effort getting to this point. I'm almost certain that the issues I am having are because of a part located with the tonneau cover / roof storage lid.

All my focus was on the tonneau cover latch and why this was not unlatching when the roof switch was pressed. If you look at diagram 1 below you can see that there are 2 parts that enable the tonneau lid to latch and unlatch.

Tonneu cover componentsNo. 9: this is the 5th bow latch lock.
No. 10: this is the 5th bow UNLOCKING actuator

The 2 parts above are located within the tonneau lid. Either the latch has failed, the actuator had failed or the wire cable has failed. The problem I have is that because the 5th bow latch is stuck shut I cannot lift the tonneau lid to take off the cover shown below in the last photo. Under this cover is where the above parts are and those parts are what is causing my roof to not work.

Under the tonneu cover / roof storage lid.
Thanks to a few great people I'm almost there with sorting my roof out. I just need to find a way of opening the 5th bow latch manually and the rest can be sorted. And once this has been done I can stop bugging you all about my roof!

Is there a way of manually opening the 5th bow latch? The picture below shows the rectangular "prong" that is stuck in the latch mechanism.



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I just wanted to add the picture below as it perfectly shows how and where mine is stuck. If I can release the roof from there then everything else will be easy to fix.

The Last resort is going to be hacking those two prongs, which will enable me to repair the components within the tonneau cover and then finding a new roof.

​So close yet so far.

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So no one is available to offer any assistance at all? Or even acknowledge the request for help?

​​​​I would have thought there was enough expertise on here to, at the very least, offer some suggestions. Perhaps I was wrong.
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I'm not an expert, but I did change my top at home. There are multiple swirches and motors, and yes there is actually a body control module dedicated to roof operation and sequencing motor movement.

What happens when you press the open switch- do your windows go down, pass seat tilts forward?
Have you confirmed your brake pedal switch works correctly?
If not your problem is likely as simple as the brake light switch, top switch or a fuse.

If yes, the next logical step would be to check for voltage at the striker release actuator while the open button is pressed.
What you really need to find is the FSM flow chart for trouble shooting the roof. There are lots of
"If...x, then y" conditions meaning each switch or component must be working properly. Good luck.
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I'm not an expert, but I did change my top at home. There are multiple swirches and motors, and yes there is actually a body control module dedicated to roof operation and sequencing motor movement.

What happens when you press the open switch- do your windows go down, pass seat tilts forward?
Have you confirmed your brake pedal switch works correctly?
If not your problem is likely as simple as the brake light switch, top switch or a fuse.

If yes, the next logical step would be to check for voltage at the striker release actuator while the open button is pressed.
What you really need to find is the FSM flow chart for trouble shooting the roof. There are lots of
"If...x, then y" conditions meaning each switch or component must be working properly. Good luck.
Thanks jhc,

​​​​​​When I press the button , the windows go down and the seat goes forward, I can then hear the 5th bow latch trying to unlatch the prong circled above.

I was Working on the car with an auto electrician and we checked voltages and current flow rates on every part of the mechanism , the only part we couldn't check are the latch and the actuator, but these are located within the tonneau cover lid. Which I can't get too because the back of the roof is stuck shut.

I'm very close to sorting this out, but I just don't know how to approach this other than to cut the prongs, but then I can't but this part seperately. I'm completely stumped .
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my 5th bow latch was stuck too. I pulled the rear plastic and reach under neath to the storage lid opening and reach my hand in an pulled the latch cable with my finger while someone lifted the 5th bow and that released it. I tested my latch electrical from the harness the 5th bow release latch is one wire from the convertible computer to the actuator to ground. I tried to probe the latch with a power probe and got nothing. maybe its the ground for it i still have to check, but I hope that helps you out. make sure you pull the bare cable not the plastic tube that cable rides in or else it wont work. The bare metal of the cable is near the latch to the right when your reaching in from the drivers seat looking towards the back of the vehicle. you don't have to cut the storage areas vinyl cover it has an opening.

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pull the manual lock relase cables w in trunk and one in glove box thing i used 2rolls of toilet paper to keep it from latching again
and unplug electrical motors in trunk and use two allen wrenches to help lift storage lid start by manual lifting then finish with allen i used bungiee cord to trunk to help suport
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same tried to probe no efect
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