Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Convertible Tops

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Removing and installing the convertible top from the frame requires special tools and adhesives and also requires cutting the top fabric. The job is best left to a well equipped body shop with convertible top experience. The procedure described here is for removing the top and frame together as an assembly. Installation requires two people.

  1. Open the top to release the tension but don't fold it back yet.
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  3. Bend open the metal tabs under the luggage compartment lining and pull the headliner off the tabs.
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  5. Pull the rear window defogger wiring out of the window seal.
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  7. Remove the window frame hinges and pull the cover off.
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  9. Remove the trim pieces at the rear corner of the rear windows.
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  11. On manual tops, remove the bolt to release the tension on the gas pressurized strut. Remove the clip at the other end and remove the strut.
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  13. If equipped with a power top, disconnect the cylinder from the top frame.
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  15. Disconnect the tensioning wire from its anchor on each side. A 4mm open end wrench can be used to prevent the wire from twisting.
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  17. Peel the top cover and tensioning wire out of the channels on the sides, then out of the rear channel.
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  19. Remove the headliner at the rear corners and remove the belt fastening bracket.
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  21. Remove the trim pieces covering the main bearing hinge. Remove the three bolts on each side and remove the top as an assembly.
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To install:

  1. .Fit the top into place and start all the main bearing hinge bolts. When they are all started, tighten them.
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  3. Attach the belt at the rear corners.
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  5. Secure the tensioning wire to the anchors at each side and have a helper and top cover into the channel with a wooden drift.
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  7. Carefully align the beading and drive that into place with the drift.
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  9. Install the gas strut and try closing the top to make sure it fits properly and operates smoothly.
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  11. Install the rear window frame.
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  13. Attach the headliner and install the remaining trim pieces.
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MOTOR REPLACEMENT




NOTE
The top can be operated by hand if necessary by opening the valve on the pump. Turn the valve counterclockwise until it stops.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Unclip and remove the left side luggage trim panel.
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  5. Disconnect the motor wiring.
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  7. Loosen the filler plug to relieve the pressure. Have a rag handy to catch any fluid that may spill.
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  9. Disconnect the hydraulic fittings that are accessible. Make sure the fittings are clean before disconnecting them and cover them with plastic or paper to keep dirt out. Do not use rags because the lint is enough to cause problems with the hydraulic system.
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  11. Remove the mount bolts and remove the pump and disconnect the remaining hydraulic fittings.
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  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Fill and bleed the hydraulic system.
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