Breaking into the passenger side soft top hatch

An ounce of prevention. If your hatch works just fine today. great. Take a look at the action and see how it works, maybe lube it up with silicone. A day
may come when it fails and having a picture of it in your mind may be worth a thousand words and save a lot of frustration.
1)First try having someone work the crank lever (pushing all the way rearward) while you try to spring the cover by applying pressure down and rear with your palms. If this don't work try step two.
2) I took a 6 inch flat tip screw driver and bent it approx 90 degrees directly in the middle. The latch mechanism is mounted to an upright sheet metal wall which is directly below the chrome corner post trip top. Insert the screw driver through the large soft top slot opening, rotate the bit toward the inside of the car (you'll be over the top of the soft top frame). Now try to position the bit up against the upright sheet metal wall and beneath the actual mechanism. (This is where the mechanism is attached to the spring loaded cable.) By working the screw driver against and slightly downward in the spring it will retract the latching dog and free the top.
Hope this helps someone out there
Jack (in FL) Jack And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. -- Abraham Lincoln
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