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    Thread: need help with top latch

    1. 05-06-2012 11:07 AM #1
      At the end of last summer i tighten my driver latch to try to lower wind noise. And now that my car is out of storage i cant get the part that hooks on the window frame off like its stuck there.
      is there a way to loosin in to get it to move?

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      05-06-2012 11:11 AM #2
      What year/model car ? What do you mean by "stuck" ???

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      05-06-2012 03:21 PM #3
      Try pushing down on the top frame at where it meets to the windshield right over hte latch assembly.
      Then while pushing down, try to unlatch the "j" hook.

      If you over tightened them, then they can stretch, and break, and you may have to saw the hooks to release them.

      If you have a older mk1 Cabriolet, then the wind noise is actually the fact that your top isn't sealing tight to the "a" pillar and that air can get under it and vibrate it to beat the band.

      If you top doesn't look like this


      Then you need to make some adjustments to the top as that is what is causing your noise of breaking wind.
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    4. 05-08-2012 07:09 PM #4
      i can Open the lach but its wont come off were it hooks. Is there a way to remove the handel from the frame wen the top is latch?

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      05-08-2012 08:36 PM #5
      Yes there are 3 screws.

      Open or unlatch your top to access the 3 screws.
      The screws may be rusted, so you may want to use some PB-Blaster and allow it to work.
      If the Screws are rusted then you may also want to use a hammer to the back of the screw driver to shock the screws prior to removal.



      Raise the latching handle and remove the 2 countersunk Phillips screws.



      Move the headliner back to get to the big Phillips screw




      Push down and lift out.





      Ta-daaaaaaaaaaaa its out.



      Nows the time to use a tad of never-sieze to the screws when you go back.
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    6. 05-15-2012 07:30 PM #6
      thanks, fixed it by removing the handel.

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