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Roof wont open

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by gary cad, May 1, 2012.

  1. gary cad

    gary cad Copenworld Newbie

    Joined:
    May 11, 2010
    Location:
    Kent
    Car(s):
    Yes Copen + Honda CRV
    I have a 54 plate 696 and have started to take it out after a winter break. Tried to open the roof but nothing happening.
    Any ideas fellow drivers?
    Any assistance would be welcome

    Thanks in advance

    Gary
     
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  2. scooty

    scooty Copenworld Regular

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    Sep 25, 2009
    Location:
    Cologne, Germany
    Car(s):
    2 x Daihatsu Copen, RHD
    1 x Daihatsu Trevis
    Hi Gary,

    the roof-opening mechansism is very sensitive to a very good condition of the battery.
    Have you been charging the battery during winter break?
    Another common problem is dirt in the contact switch for the hand brake. If you pull the hand brake lever, does the red warning light show up? If not, clean the contact switch, which is located underneath the hand brake lever.
    There are some other possible causes, so please keep us updated.

    Andraes
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2012
  3. gary cad

    gary cad Copenworld Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply
    I had been charging the battery and have now installed a new one , do you think this could have caused the problem and if so what would be the solution
     
  4. scooty

    scooty Copenworld Regular

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    2 x Daihatsu Copen, RHD
    1 x Daihatsu Trevis
    If now, after installing a new battery, it works without problems I would think so.
    :)

    Next time during winter you might try one of this kind:
    http://www.ctek.com/gb/en

    They are quite popular with german Copen drivers and do a good job.
    But of course if the battery already is quite old, they cannot perform a miracle.
    Interesting read:
    http://www.ctek.com/gb/en/page/whycharge

    Andreas
     
  5. dwayner

    dwayner Copenworld Regular

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    May 12, 2011
    Location:
    Mornington Peninsula
    Car(s):
    A 2005 copen and a
    Camry Sportivo
    dwayner

    - there is like a pull-out kinda like a roll out blind - that has to be clipped in correctly, or it wont work either.
     
  6. Sherbert

    Sherbert Copenworld Newbie

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Location:
    Kent
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    Bright Yellow Copen
    Sticking quarterlight windows seem to cause a lot of problems. When you try to open the roof take a look at what actually happens.

    If the rear quarterlight windows don't go down the opening process cannot continue. The windows can get 'stuck' when the rubbers get sticky. If you 'bump' the glass with your hand while holding the button it will sometimes clear. Then you need to lube the seals carefully.

    Job done:)
     
  7. Ashley

    Ashley Copenworld Member

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Car(s):
    Copen
    Merc estate
    RAV4 3-Door
    If the roof is not working - assuming everything else is in order, I would check whether the boot is damp inside.
    After getting caught in some heavy rain, my wife noticed that the roof had stopped working - also the boot wasn't closing with the motor. There was plenty of water in the boot.
    We dried out the boot with cloths and left the car in the garage with the boot open for a few days to dry out.
    As if by magic, both the boot closing motor and the roof started working again.
     
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