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Can't complete manual closing of the roof?

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Paul from Salisbury, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. Paul from Salisbury

    Paul from Salisbury Copenworld Newbie

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    Apr 7, 2015
    Car(s):
    Copen
    Thank you for the advice on how to close my roof when it failed open. I am almost there. I cant slide one of the hooks forward to lock down the hinge. Refereing to the Owners Manual page 10 - 31, illustartions 14 and 15, pdf page 147 of 206 tells you how to reset the hinges. Whilst pusing down on the hinge you push forward the hook to lock the hinge. The manual suggests using the jacking handle. On the offside I can push forward the hook just with hand pressure. On the nearside the hook and hence the white block it sits on wont move. I have used a level of force but with no joy. I have unlocked the offside and tried the nearside first but no joy.Before I dismantle the whole assembly does anybody have any suggestions? Thank you. Paul.
     
  2. Runners

    Runners Copenworld Member

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    Essex
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    Daihatsu Copen, Series 1 Mazda RX7
    I had the same problem on one side. I put a bit of copper grease on the runner, where it slides back and forth. Then pushed and pulled many times until it was a nice smooth action. So I'd have a look at that first and see if it just needs a bit of lubricant to uncease it.
     
  3. Paul from Salisbury

    Paul from Salisbury Copenworld Newbie

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    Car(s):
    Copen
    Roof now fully closed but ....

    Thank you for your help. I had to take the runner apart in the end and found that the nylon sliding block had broken. What I can't tell is whether the broken block caused the problem in the first place or broke whilst I was trying to free it (most likely). Any ideas where I could get a spare from? I am also going to post a thread under modifications to see if anybody has every converted to a purely manual roof ie use the same panels but cut the electrics and hydraulics out of it! Whilst I now have the roof up without the alarm sounding I wont to be driving with the roof down. Paul.
     
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