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I am re posting this here as the previous tread is on general discussion and I want other desperado's to get this info when they're searching.

OK,I'm back. I posted recently on this issue.98 Azure. Assuming hydraulics are good then it's the limit switches. If they don't get the signal they freeze the next phase. There is an Allen key that unlocks the top screen. There are pulls under the rear seat to lift it and get to the mechanisms.There are slides in the owners handbook although random.There is a key in the toolkit to operate the frame. But here's the money shot. I gave up and took it to a roof specialist that only does roofs. They know how to get to and set the switches apparently in my top rail. Cost me £1000 incl and I am happy.
I have changed the hoses in the top rail as one blew on me.Check Drain buckets in the rear area that rust out and block. There are drain cups in the rear and I have fixed mine but you have to stop the roof half way to get to them and then the roof gets confused, Manually folding it back with engine off tends to get it going again.
Take out ALL your carpet and underlays as they are probably wet and festering. The roof leaks and is not perfect. It's the size of an Albatross and needs TLC.I .have stained and waterproofed mine with Auto Glymm product or similar.
I have listed on this forum all my experiences.
 

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you're the man! OK. I've replaced fifty percent of the hoses, the lh bank of the pump. Then the pump stopped running. How do I get rear cover to open to let the roof into the well? Any pointers on where I might get a digital service manual? Lived in LI for a while, Manhattan and Hoboken. Thanks for your time.
 

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I'm amazed to hear you had to change so many hoses and not just the top screen rail. The hydraulic unit is a Mercedes and usually reliable. I'm sorry but dont know how to open rear cover manually. This is the one that opens once rear screen folds up. Some kind of signal must me sent once the rear screen folds up to enable the rear cover locks to release and actuators lift the cover. Remember I put mine in to a roof specialist on all cars. He mentioned limit switched that enable the next phase. If you don't have the fairly limited handbook I can scan the section if you contact me.
Every time I operate mine it's trepidation!!
 

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Tilt the rear seat forward about a foot. There is a round fastener that takes an Allen key in the top of the side panel near where the seat belts fasten on each side. Insert the Allen key from the hood tool into the fastener and turn it a quarter turn to unlock the tonneau panel. When you push the tonneau panel back down, use the Allen key and turn the fastener a quarter turn in the other direction to lock it down. If you don't have the hood tool you can use a regular Allen key, IIRC it's a 3/16ths. But, without the hood tool you will not be able to latch or unlatch the rear of the hood down to the deck manually and it must be latched before you latch the header bar to the windscreen.
 

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Hey Guys. Well the reason I changed all hoses, well half of them so far, was fear selling by the supplier. 'Tophydraulics' I think. Stupid of me. Also refurbished all the components. In a right pickle now.

I looked through the user manual and was able to open up the rear hood cover and lower back the roof. there were two sets of locks to release. Once I did that using the bentley tool I lowered the roof then locked it down using the roof tool.

I believe the pump is good just that the solenoids aren't being asked to do anything.... so pump just sits there. Bloody Germans, always sitting around. Joke. German pump. This weekend I'm looking through the digital service manual.

Thanks for the detailed explanation of the roof mechanics!! You should be a Technical Author!! I never knew about the rear being secured before the front windscreen bar. !!!!

I'm searching for a roof specialist... but Alabama??
 
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