B7 Convertible seizing during manual operation
My 2007 A4 convertible top has stopped working a couple of times. Always when I try and bring it back up - the rear cover opens an inch or so and it stops.
I read the threads and figured out how to cycle it manually and that has re-set it both times and it has worked again.
However, when I go to do the manual cycle I turn off the engine, put the parking brake on and lift up the rear cover which then locks in the up position. When I go to lift the soft top up out of the well it will only come up a couple of inches and it seems stuck. I muck around trying different things for half an hour and then it suddenly goes soft, the rear cover can move and I can lift the soft top up again.
Any ideas why it is seizing at first and then compliant later?
Any servicing I should be doing to make it operate smoothly so it does not stop in the first place?
This time when I tried to lift the top out I heard a 'ping' on one side and then the other and I managed to snap two plastic linkages. I think they are just followers that stop the inner liner getting caught in the linkage and are not really load bearing. I could just glue them back together but we have a scanner at work so I am going to scan them and 3D print some new ones. I will document the process so I can share when it is complete.
Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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