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I need Sunroof Help | Product Recall on Sunroofs

Sunroof RecallSunroofs are wonderful, sometimes they give us trouble | Product Recall on Webasto / Hollandia

As more and more sunroofs are on the market, the chances of the consumer owning one has increased exponentially.

There are two distinctive types; the first being factory, and second deemed as aftermarket. The factory sunroof is made and designed by the manufacturer with specially designed headliner and roof panels.

  • Factory Sunroofs | In essence, the roof is made and installed to OEM factory standards and design. This roof is easily identified from the outside, you will see the metal from the roof roll into the opening with out a trim trim of any kind on the roof itself. Some other characteristics; if the roof needs repair or replacement, the headliner that designed to accommodate the interior roof and the sunroof. This is quite important as all components are designed to work together.

Furthermore the sunroof unit and or frame will unbolt, and in most cases be removed. Depending on the brand, they can also be rebuilt with parts ordered from the dealership.

Some of the rebuildable ones include Toyota, BMW and Mercedes, others may allow just parts, and if it involves a serious overhaul, a whole sunroof carriage may be needed. At times they may be expensive to fix but are the most reliable, well engineered and a quality product.  

  • Next are the aftermarket sunroofs, these were designed with the expectation that they would be installed after the car was made with a roof not designed for a sunroof. In order to install them, the roof and headliner both need to be modified to accommodate the sunroof fixture. The primary housing or sunroof carriage is bonded to the inside of roof skin panel. The headliner has the center cut out and to provide for the extra space of the housing and then recovered.

FYI, in many cases depending how the person modifying the headliner installed it, it may not be removed in the future without damaging it, this is a big downfall of the aftermarket sunroof.

In order to finish off the newly created opening in the roof, a trim ring is installed in the opening which can be easily identified from the outside.

There are two main remaining companies one is called Signature sunroofs or Inalfa, and the other
one is call Webasto or Hollandia. Both offer you the ability to add a sunroof to a car that doesn’t presently have one.

Sunroof aftermarket manufacturer not delivering a quality product.  Beware:

One quick note about Webasto / Hollandia, they presently have a voluntary safety recall on there series 700 and 900 sunroofs.  There have be reported cases of the sunroof blowing out and possibly damage surrounding vehicles as the car is in motion, or can have an enormous about of water leaking into the car. http://sunroofcheck.us/  


Another problem may result in severe water damage to the interior of the vehicle that is was installed. This is something that Webasto will not outwardly tell you that they are responsible to cover the cost of repair, they inturn try to get your insurance company to pay for this, beware!


Sunroof repairWe feel that it is our best interests to our primary customers that they are aware of product defects and companies that do not stand behind their products.  

 

Sunroof help

Pursuant to 49 CFR 573, Webasto Product North America, Inc. (“WPNA”), has given notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety.

Administration (“NHTSA”) of its intent to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

If you need help identifying your sunroof or you are ready to get it repaired free of charge, please call 1-888-749-8632 to find out how to get your sunroof serviced

or visit www.sunroofcheck.com for more information.

dickandricks.comWe want our customers to be well-informed, please weigh all the options in getting what you want, we are not happy with this manufacturer and their dealings and do not recommend this product at this time.  

photo by sunroofcheck.com

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Auto Technology, a moving target | Is yr shop ready for what’s next?

can bus mouser.comAuto Body, Interior, Mechanic shops | Leaning towards what is today, and what’s next.

Who would ever thought in order to run a complete auto interior trim shop, mechanic or body shop, it would require a huge amount of electronic scan equipment, past, current, and future knowledge to run it.

It is one thing to hang a fender, but quite different to deal with all the electronic components attached to the inner side of it. And if you're a mechanic you will still need to replace that front end part, but what if it requires you to program the module that is attached to electronic components, i.e. steering box, etc?

And if you're the upholstery or trim shop that has none of this equipment, how long before all you can work on, will be classic cars.

Remember, some day a 2001 model year car will be classic. And most of them will be wore out, junked or smashed in a cube. As a current shop owner that has invested heavily in education and technology to repair today’s high tech automobiles, If you haven’t thought about it, you better.

The current proof lies in the number of businesses who in this industry are not putting resources to plan for today and tomorrows technology. To get there it requires money, knowledge and more money.

 

Auto Interior Telematics Tech

 

For those in the body shop business, ignoring that technology gap is going to put a huge wrench into their cycle time / being able to completed repairs out the door in a timely matter. Not mention the extra cost associated with paying employees to drive the vehicle or the expense of a tow to get it to the right people who can identify the core issue and repair it correctly.  

Then, there's the issue of knowing when there’s something wrong and how to deal with it without compromising your customers safety and/or comfort.

Today’s Auto Technology | Now let’s view it from the other side, the consumers point of view;

How would you feel as a consumer, if you were unsure about the safety equipment your car is performing as it should or as how you would expect it?

With the onset of cars that will (in the near future) talk to each other, do more driving for you, and have more added interior safety features, it’s time to take notice. Ideas like self driving cars and one that steer the wheel by wire are already here.

Look at how many cars now park themselves. How many will even stop for you if impending danger exists?

The quick answer for the future is, more advancements are on the way.

A couple things to understand about what is coming:

  • First, computers don’t just control engine performance. 
  • Second, there are multiple computers throughout the vehicle and they all work together to improve and enhance your driving experience. If you have ever heard the term CAN (Controller Area Network) this explains this last statement.

today’s automobiles are better than ever in so many ways, they have changed for the better, so should the businesses that work on them.

It is like driving a computer network on wheels. And it isn’t going to stop there, in order to offer more and better features, electrical systems will evolve, get more sophisticated, while improving your driving experience.

Remember moving from the DOS operating system to Windows 7, which soon will be outdated. Looking forward is a vision of a self driving car, that will protect the occupants from any or all harm and one that will get 100+MPG. Are you ready?

For us the train didn’t leave the station without us, how about you?

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2005-2014 Ford Mustang Convertible | Troubleshooting, get it right

Mustang convertibleMustang Convertible Top | The most predominant problem for the Mustang Convertible has been with the frame.

Having been in production for several years, it takes a little time for real world manufacturing flaws to show up.

At this time there is little option to replacing it with a new frame, here are the symptoms that it is going to break, and why replacing it with new matters.

There are portions of the frame that prove highly functional, yet over time start to bend, twist and eventually break.

Some of the tell tale signs that you have a defective frame are:

  • A top that makes clunking noises when it moves. 
  • The frame has a poor fit with the windows. 
  • During operation, the top moves up and down really crooked (from side to side).

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, read on….

convertible top repairWatch out, at this point, you are in for necessary repairs. They can be expensive for the simple fact that used parts are scarce and unreliable, if they are even any good. 

  • Used Mustang Convertible top parts | We have seen customers come in, they have the replacement Mustang specific convertible top parts, and after all of that, the used parts are ‘junk’, and they end up buying new ones. It is hard to diagnose bent parts, as no consumer has a new frame to compare it to. Every frame that has had stressed induced into it for no matter how long will not work as well as one that is new or remanufactured.

The bigger issue is that the frame is all machine riveted together and the broken parts don’t unbolt. So not only do you need to replace the whole side of the frame rail, but you need to remove ½ the top to install it.

Is there a better way if fixing this problem?  With used, you run the risk of buying exactly what you presently own. And the hard part is first finding one, and the second half is figuring out if it is any good.

 

Mustang Convertible Top

 

So, how do you know if they are over bent? Or even more difficult is the many little bends in all the links. Ford built a complex system of parts here, much like all other convertibles, yet our experience shows that used parts don’t last and the risk of mis-alignment is very high.

  • The next option is buying new parts, which is the majority of the cost for repairs on this vehicle. Why do you need new parts? Parts of the frame bend, and in some cases, breaks, and at this point even if there is only one broken part, the others have been stressed, bent, and fatigued over the years.So, as of right now you are stuck with buying the new part if you want want to get back to OEM performance (like new).

Remember, when we order parts here, and install it, the accountability is on us for both the part and installation to make it right, we can’t offer that on ‘other parts, not sourced by us’. This is about accountability and getting proven new parts to make sure it is right.  

Bottom line:  We have extensive experience on this whole issue, new parts are the way to go with the current climate to ensure that you have the performance you expect. We believe that soon in the future, replacement parts for this Mustang may solve these problems for less than the current dollar figure. 

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Headliner Repair Minnesota | more than just pretty

Every bit that goes into today’s automobile is undergoing some form of transformation or redesign in the name of increased safety and comfort.

headliner repairWhen you look up at the headliner in your car, you see a colored material with vents, a few switches, a couple lights, maybe some warning labels and some other small items, it is the headliner.

So, what is under there that is so important, or the a bigger question is what happens when I remove it?

Lets start with what is under the liner and what the future has for mosts cars.

First, we can start with the obvious, wiring that operates lights and switches. Next, let’s add side curtain airbags, and the wires and connectors that operate that important safety feature, the list goes on.

You may also have a sunroof, yes that stays in the car when you remove the headliner, but did you know that by unplugging it, to remove the headliner, will cause the necessity to be re-initialized once it is plugged back in?

safety systems repairYou will also find an assortment of other wires and connectors that may control antennas, brake lights and even washer fluid lines. SUV’s like GM’s Denali and Cadillac have air conditioning lines, DVD players and other controls up there as well.

Now, here is a few items that are coming or are already in many cars, front and rear vision cameras. Some manufacturers are moving to cameras that face rearward and transmit an image to your rearview mirror. There are many advantages to this, one being range of of vision becomes wider and more defined, don’t forget this alleviates the blocking from occupants and cargo in your line of sight.

headliner replacementA simple idea with great advantages to seeing what is behind you. On the other side of the car, you now have windshield camera's. eyesight cameras SubaruThese may have their own mounting or are attached to the windshield. In either case, it is important to understand what is necessary to work around them for the safety of the driver and occupants.

Back to what happens when you remove the headliner, in many cases these cameras may need to be disconnected and / or removed to service the vehicle properly. However you would like to coin it, there are very clear precautions or procedures that are needed to implement in order for this equipment to work correctly again. No longer is the action of unplug, remove it, repair vehicle and put it back, plug it in. These systems are becoming closed loop electrical devices that communicate to the whole vehicle in order to make the vehicle safer in the event of a crash.

Headliner Repair | So, what’s the big deal with these forward facing cameras?

Lets look are what they do for the driver and what systems of the car it works with or transmits information to, and has the potential to cause the car to make wrong decisions when it comes time to keep you safe.

rear facing camerasFirst, lets start with what it does. Cameras are put there by the manufacturer to prevent forward collisions, warn you if you are moving in and out of your lane, in general helping you prevent from getting into trouble.

This is done by several methods; warning lights may come on your dash and in some instances it will take some control of your car, by applying the brakes and taking some control of your steering. I other cases it may even vibrate your seat or steering wheel.

The camera isn’t just viewing / taking pretty pictures, it is a vital part of your vehicles safety system and not to be ignored. If the cameras are not re-initialized properly to OEM specifications, they may not work as intended and that may not help you in the event of a crash, or if it is later found out that the system was not properly repaired to OEM specs, that too can get you into trouble.

In the future, expect to see more airbags that will drop from the headliner instead of the deploying from the dash. Interior monitors that are always assessing occupant safety (especially the driver) making minor adjustments that will add value in the event of an impending crash.

auto interior repairJust remember, the interior of your car is becoming more technical than your engine. And just like the engine when you open the hood and all you see is wires, and covers. It’s what you don’t see or understand that may be your biggest challenge.

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Once again a further need for having the proper tools,knowledge and equipment to meet these challenges, make the proper repairs and most important, keep your vehicle operating at OEM specs for safety and comfort.

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Auto Interior Repairs / Estimates: difference between cheap and value

auto interior helpI have written many blog posts / shot videos that educate consumers on what matters when it comes to getting things back to OEM specs and performance.

I have also read many blogs relating to our offerings along with watching many, many Youtube videos to gain insight into helping people. I can appreciate the internet and what people are trying to do.

Auto Interior / Convertible top repair | Why this matters:

People want to know a lot more about what and why a product and / or service is going to be the right fit for solving their current situation. We share much information to better help you decide on your choice of repair shop in Minneapolis & St. Paul.

The one thing I always see time and time again is how cheap someone has fixed something. Now this isn’t all bad, the biggest problem is sorting out if that cheap fix is going to solve the whole problem (not just the visual) and will it last?

My idea of fixing a problem isn’t just making a repair, only to have it last a week before I have to fix it all over again.

This is where value comes in, is it really fixed? Hardly.

We have all had experiences that help us define ‘cheap and value’.

auto interior repair helpHere’s my story of going the cheap route and getting less than satisfied value:

One time I bought a “cheap” four wheeler for my daughter. It happened to be imported from China. It was a little 90cc that was Pink and most of all it was a third of the price of well known brands. So far, so good.

That four wheeler lasted just one week, the fenders were broke and the frame was bent. You would have swore she rolled it going 60 MPH. The fenders broke bumping into her brothers Polaris, and the frame bent riding over rough terrain. In my eyes that was what the machine was built to do, but it didn’t perform well. In today’s economy, you get what you pay for.

In hindsight, I would have been smarter to buy the more expensive Polaris for her, of which I still own to this day, and it still runs as it should.

The same concept of being led down the path of fix it now and do it on the cheap is also true in this industry. I have seen on the internet with car repairs, some really good ideas and some that could use some more refinement, O.K. a lot.

When they get out the super glue and paper clips, I think to myself ‘watch out’.

As someone that has repaired vehicles manufactured from all over the world for 35 plus years, I have seen my share of “good enough repairs”. I have also learned that fixing what is not working correctly or broken, the correct way is actually going to be less expensive in the long haul.

I can’t count how many times I have heard ‘I’m going to sell my car in a couple of months’, only to see that same person back with the same car a year and a half later with the same problem because they came in, got a proper estimate to repair correctly, and went somewhere else because they wanted to save a few bucks.

Granted, I also understand if you don’t have the money to fix what you would like, but given the choice -don’t just base your repairs solely on short term cost, when the long term value is going to be ‘short term’.

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I would like to think we offer value at Dick and Rick’s. For us we can put out something we can be proud of and know that the customer will be happy. And for the customer, they can feel good about what they received and are comfortable recommending our business to others.

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Auto Interior Repair | 3 options - choosing an Auto Interior Shop

Auto Interior Repair | How do you know who can help you with that interior problem?

who to I choose for auto interior repair?How do you pick someone that you can feel will fix the problem but not create others in the process?

First, lets look at what you are fixing, if it is stuffed with hay and stitched together with some baling twine, you can pretty much pick anyone. If you own a car or truck from 2000 on or even in the late 90’s you might need to consider someone that has a few more qualifications.

Today’s auto interiors have within them complex systems designed to keep you safe and comfortable. In order to better understand them, here is how they got to where they are today.

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Starting in the 1990’s, seats were no longer just seats, they became the basis for improved safety and comfort. Let’s go deeper…

  • Seat belts began to evolve into what we know today. Next, came the seat itself, technology made it possible to protect the occupant by absorbing the force or energy of an impending crash. 
  • Then came the driver and passenger airbags.
  • Side airbags were later added for better protection from side impact. 
  • Headrests are no longer for visual appeal, they have developed to help protect your neck and spine. 
  • Sensors were added to judge how close your body is positioned to the steering wheel, and also adjusted the airbag system to accommodate the size / weight of a child or an adult sitting in the adjacent seat. 
  • Now, technology has developed rear seat airbags as part of the seat belts.

In other words the seats in a car have gone from as solid and heavy as a park bench to an essential safety system.

How about the comfort part? This used to consist of a frame with some springs and one size fits all padding, like having your couch in your car and just as technical.

Over the years, manufacturers have added heat, cooling, power lumbar, power headrest, seat tracks with memory, and recliner just to name a few items. The point being, short of a drink dispenser and ice cream maker, the level of comfort and convenience is gone up exponentially.

Today’s interior seating is constructed with many wires, computers and several electrical components. Many of which may be controlled by the panel on the seat, switches on the dash or even by a screen incorporated in the radio. In all not so simple any more, if there is a malfunction with any of them. And in many cases the need for an appropriate scan tool to diagnose a problem is necessary.

Now back to the beginning question…

  • What happens if you have a torn or worn out seat? 
  • What if you have a safety issue or malfunctioning power seat. 
  • Who do you see?

Fact: Every component is intertwined with technology to provide safety and comfort for you and your passengers.

First Option:  The dealer might be able to help you with part of it, but maybe not all of it.

Dealerships like to fix the way your car drives, but many times fall short with the interior trim, electronics, and related safety systems. (What if you have a pinched wire within the harness, replacing parts is not the same a properly diagnosing and repairing the vehicle as a whole functioning unit)

Second Option:  And most interior shops can fix that seat cover perfectly, provided that is it only the seat cover, but if there is a electrical problem they may fall short in diagnosing and returning it back to OEM or better specifications.

The Third option which should be your first option; bring it to someone that understands both safety and comfort, and get you back to your expected 'normal'.

Our focus is on delivering quality diagnosis, proper technique to take your vehicle apart, find, and repair what needs to be, and put back together to return your vehicle to the safety and comfort you expect.

Auto Interior Repairs done right | If you have a problem and want to speak with someone who has the knowledge, and experience, we can help.

 

Dick and Rick’s is like that Dealership and Interior Shop all in one.

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High Tech Autos | What does it take to repair an automobile today?

Manufacturing 06 resized 600What are some of the basic necessities needed to tackle automotive repairs?

We can start with the obvious physical tools, wrenches, screwdrivers and sockets etc. All a necessity for something that needs to be taken apart or removed / modified. Tools represent only part of what is needed before, during, and after one figures out what is actually happening, a huge part of repairs today require the right scan tool.

Scan tools come in many forms and when you buy them, they can range widely in cost and abilities. All of them require frequent updates to keep current and add new features. As a rule, no scan tool has the ability to do everything for all car makers, for that you will need the factory scan tool that only works on the cars it was designed for.

  • Our business model dictates that we have OEM scan tools for every make / model, the reason is; deliver quality results to our customers. Our focus is on outcomes, not output.

scan toolsThis isn’t the cheapest way, in fact it is the most expensive way, but is the best way. In essence this is the first step of many to a successful diagnostic and repair shop.

The second piece involves insight as to how the system works and a proper interpretation of what the scan tool readout has given you. For this, it may be looking up multiple wiring diagrams, and / or following steps in a flow chart.

online scan tool helpRegardless, you will need a place or an online subscription to get this information. There's a lot information out on the internet, but some of it is inaccurate and it is not all available.

For that you really do need the paid subscription route, this is one of those necessities to be successful in performing consistent quality repairs. There are couple of all-in-one providers available for a resource and you can also buy a subscription fee base information at manufacturer's sites.

    please note: The all-in-one sites state there information is a mirror image of what the manufactures have, that is only partly true. Nothing is as thorough as what you can get from the people that make the cars. (…why we have OEM scan tools)

  • Quotes from scantoolhelp.com:  An important point to keep in mind here is that a fault code by itself does NOT tell you which part needs to be replaced. The code only tells you that a fault has been detected, not what caused it. The code serves as a starting point for further diagnosis. Many people don't understand this and assume an inexpensive code reader is all they need to "diagnose" and repair their vehicle.The last involves having the right people in place that can put it all back together with OEM expectations or better.

  • OEM factory scan tools provide full access to virtually everything, but are very expensive compared to many aftermarket general purpose scan tools (though some of the high end aftermarket tools also cost thousands of dollars depending on their features). An OEM scan tool may cost $5000 up to $12,000 or more!


The best of everything only makes a good technician better. So education and experience continue to play a huge part of making all the pieces fit together. Education is about staying current with all the new procedures and processes that come out, as well as understanding new / improved ways to fix old problems.

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Reality of today’s vehicles | We have had many cars come to our shop that have been previously worked on by people that have had less than acceptable results, and created additional problems with their system (this includes other shops, owners, and even dealerships). It is not their fault, often times a broad based scan tool can help you get a problem corrected, but when it becomes more involved, usually the scan tool and the knowledge base has just run out of the right information to get it right.

The automotive is changing faster than it ever has in history, that makes education a key part. Just like when you a drive a race car, that doesn’t make you ready for NASCAR, so just being equipped with the same tools as everyone else doesn’t make you instantly a winner. It’s how you use them, on the flip side you also need the right car to complete.

As you can see; current tools, people and process are are all very important to be successful.

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BMW Z4 | Expectations of the next gen BMW convertible

BMW Z4 convertible repairConvertible Top Repair | The next generation of the Z3 is the Z4.

The BMW Z4 is a great convertible. This car has a redesign of looks and functionality of the top. The rear plastic window of the Z3 was replaced with a heated glass for the Z4. with this improvement, you lose the downfall of fogging, discoloration and the cracking of plastic.

The rear glass is a quite a upgrade, the down side is, if the rear window breaks, the whole top will need replacement. With that I would highly recommend that you carry glass coverage with your insurance company. This could easily pay for itself if your window gets broken one time.

  • Another note on top replacement is there are some great aftermarket top makers other than buying a factory top.
I don’t recommend all makers, but we have tested with regards to fit, finish, and most important of all, quality of the construction and materials used.
  • If you have done your research, and we expect you have, please insist on a conversation with us to add value to your decision.

This standard is something that is not acceptable any other way in all of the products we install. We chose not to install some customers products they have brought in because of sub-quality. Our goal with every transaction is a quality outcome that meets both the customers and our own expectations.

With the engineering and design changes in the Z4 came a more sophisticated convertible top hydraulic system. Every time the bar has been raised in terms of performance, comes changes and challenges in ‘getting it right’.

This has its good and bad points as well. With the new Z4 top system there are more wires and sensors in addition to hydraulics. Everything works together to improve the experience and expectation that makes a BMW what it is. This weeds out the basic repair facility or local garage that used to fix older convertibles of years past.

Z4 Convertible Top Repair

Make sure that you pick a shop that not only understand how your top works but has the necessary equipment needed to read and properly diagnose the car, in order to maintain OEM or better performance.

At Dick and Rick’s we have chosen to go the factory technology route. We have the same high-tech equipment neccesary to fix your top that the dealership has, and often times a better understanding. Today's BMW convertible is filled with closed loop electronics, CAN-BUS architecture, etc. So, if your going to be in the convertible top repair business, you will need to understand hydraulics, electronics, mechanics and of course how to correctly install a top.

What has worked on last years model, may not work on this years, we never stop our process of ongoing training and knowledge to keep up with what is the best process to retain the highest level of convertible top performance.

If the top doesn’t get installed correctly, we have seen broken parts and even the inside gets flooded. The last one we had like this that came into the shop after someone else installed a replacement top, it cost the owner $15.00 to find and fix the leak and $4000.00 to fix the water damage to the carpet, electrical and safety equipment.

Long story short, know what you are getting into before having anyone install, repair, or replace your Z4 convertible top.

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BMW 328i Convertible | Help me get my top to close

What do I do when my convertible 1997 BMW 328i top gets stuck?

BMW convertible helpSo when you have a problem with your BMW top, they have a emergency override lever under the the rear seat.  This is also outlined in the owners manual.

But there's a couple of things that you need to know if and when you pull it.

  • What happens when the motors drop loose?

One for the top and one for the tonneau lid. But when this happens the whole convertible top sequence will need to be initialized to synchronize the top again. But there are times that the motors will not release as planned, now what do you do?

If rain is on the way and you need to get the top up, these might be your next step(s).

You will first need to locate the top and tonneau motors located in the trunk on the left side. Next, you need to remove the trim to visually inspect the motors and release mechanisms.

BMW top motor releaseThe top motor should look like this when it is disconnected from the top drive

If it hasn’t dropped, you need to help it by lifting on the black arm with the cable hooked to it. And there are times when the motor bracket gets so bent you may have to even pry it apart while working the black arm.

Atonneau release leverslso, the tonneau motor can get stuck, this is released a little differently because the motor makes it harder to gain access to get a good visual. The idea is the same as the top motor to disengage the motor with one exception if that doesn’t work.

The black arm with the single cable attached to it needs to be pushed down and if it is stuck, you may have to push really hard. If that doesn’t work the 2 cables hooked to the shiny arm with have to be removed. they usually have a clip that hold them on and once removed they will pop off.

One thing to remember, this will allow you to freely move your top. But it might be a good idea to have a professional look at your top to determine what started the problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW Convertible Top Repair

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Mustang Rear Window Breakage | What to know, before / after

Rear Window BrokenHelp! my back window just broke!

  • So what can you do? 
  • What is there to know about the process? 

There are many reasons you can break your back window, some mechanical and there are the ‘oops I didn’t know’ reasons. In either case the result is the same and in fact the oops is sometimes easier to fix.

When items are put in the back window area, you just swallowed up all the room intended for that glass to fold down to inside the well area. The fact that there is only a limited amount of room in a convertible, they did not allocate any more than was needed.

Items like towels, ice scrapers, soccer balls or even shoes usually will have a negative effect on the window when you lower your top. The simplicity of this problem is… don’t throw stuff back in that area, it is too easy to forget before it’s too late.

  • So how do you deal with a mechanical problem that has caused my back window to break?

This may involve repair of the frame, the hydraulic lift system (this may include the pump, lift cylinders and / or lines). Sometimes I have even seen the back window catch on the back of the rear seat and break. These type of fixes tend to be a little more expensive than removing a forgotten piece of clothing in the well area.

When repairs are being performed, in most cases the rear half of the top needs to be removed properly in order to remove and replace the curtain assembly.

The reason I called it a curtain assembly, is because it is not just a piece of glass, it has fabric bonded to it all the way around. Why is this important to know? I give several reasons, first the fabric or vinyl that is attached to the lower part of the glass needs to match the top, not only in color but grain and fabric type.

Secondly, once the window is bonded to the glass, it should not come off. And if it does, the window assembly is no longer weather tight and no good.

This is also useful information to know if you are buying a convertible, if this is already happening, you know you are in for problems down the road.

FYI, this applies to all convertibles. And in the case for a Mustang, the window comes as a blank and when installing it, is necessary to cut, staple and fit it to the frame and opening of the convertible frame.

If you have glass coverage with your insurance company, they will cover this type of repair.

By the way, if you have a convertible I highly recommend you have glass coverage, one time that you break your window will more than cover the cost that you paid for that type of coverage.

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When the unfortunate happens and your rear window in your convertible breaks, we’ll identify the real cause / effect issue (if necessary), repair it, and most importantly, we can help you through the whole process.

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