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Old Jun 1st, 2014, 02:49 PM
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DIY Bloomin' roof - why now?!!

Well, its been about four months since I needed to carry out running repairs on my '05 One Convertible so I should have known I was due for something to break or wear out.

Sunshine hits the UK, I think ooh great I'll put the roof down. Well I can get it to sunroof level of opening, but then it just won't go down the full way. Its not working is you can hear the motor trying but nothings happening, just when you press the button for the second stage of open, nothing at all happens. Its just a whole lot of nothingness.

So presumably if the motor can open it half way, the motor must be alright?? When it opens it to sunroof only openness level ( or SOOL as its known in technical circles), it does so normally and completely evenly/equally (which also leads me to think that its nothing to do with one of the cables being knackered).

Now I've heard tell that it can be something to do with the parcel shelf and some mystery button or catch that if it's not engaged, the roof just won't open. The trouble is, the parcel shelf seems fully in place to me - I could do with knowing exactly where this button/catch/lever thingy is and how I can determine if that is the problem or not.

Or, is there a fuse specifically for the opening of the full roof that might be the simp!e explanation??

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Old Jun 2nd, 2014, 11:29 AM
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I have a 2011 Convertible but the parcel shelf sits on a micro switch on the left hand side (I think left hand side). Friend had an 06 convertible and that used t be a bit of a nightmare, just took the slightest thing in the boot to trip the switch.

Have you tried moving the parcel shelf about to see if it needs to be re-seated for the roof to operate?
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Old Jun 2nd, 2014, 11:32 AM
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Hi and thanks for replying. I poked my head in the boot at the weekend when I was once again replenishing my disappearing coolant, and I pressed on the parcel shelf which sits in like a notch on either side right? Like a little grey peg type sticky out bit that sits in the notch either side so the parcel shelf can go up or down or be taken out if needed..... It appeared to me to be correctly seated in there - it certainly wasn't half up on one side. When you say on the left side, do you mean the left as you look at the parcel shelf through the boot, or from inside he car it's on the left (!!)?
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Left as you are looking in the boot.
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Yes definitely left hand side, took these pics for you, bit blurred as I was holding up the back of the hood.

First two are looking to the left of the boot from outside, one is the parcel shelf in position, the other is the parcel shelf held up showing the switch. The third one is showing the parcel shelf. I think yours will be different with it being a 2005.
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Wow thanks for doing that!! I would have sat and had a fiddle about last night but it started tipping down so that was my plan scuppered. I'll actually print these off and have a proper look as I think this is what it must be to do with seeing as it opens to sunroof level with absolutely no problem (well, I hope that's the problem as I've heard tell how much new motors are and that would just about wipe out my finances completely!!). Thanks for taking the time to upload all these piccies - that was really really kind of you.
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No problem, let us know how you get on.
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Well, I had a good rummage around in the boot last night, but have to say not anywhere in my '05 model could I see the piece that gets pushed in by the parcel shelf to keep the roof activated - there is no button/sticky outy bit that I could see at all. The pegs of the parcel shelf literally just sit in a groove - there's no device/button/or anything in there.

I used the levers to half open the back rear of the roof like you can you enable loading of larger items into the boot, I pushed pulled and generally shoved around the parcel shelf and then i tried the roof and it opened perfectly well! I don't think I actually DID anything though - but suppose something somewhere must have shifted and that's what made the roof activate again.

So I shall literally, if it happens again, just have to go into the boot and shove things around a bit in the hopes that it will get it working again - although which bit of which part I'm moving around and thumping is actually effecting the roof to work, I still don't know! But thanks to you all for your help as I was worried about a huge bill for a new motor which wasn't making me too happy.
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Ha that made me laugh.
I remember a friend years ago used to hit his engine with a hammer before it would start, actually he hit the starter motor as it used to stick, but people walking by used to stop and look in amazement as it started, I think they went off thinking hmmm I must try that on my engine when it doesnt go, so theres all these people doing a Basil Faulty with a hammer on their car if it doesnt start, .
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That's made me chuckle!!! I have given it a good kick on several occasions I've got to admit during a period when I had a tyre that kept going flat. I was often to be seen on the M42 of a morning heading towards Coventry cursing and swearing as I pumped the blessed thing up again. Another problem was the ******ing windscreen - the washer fluid froze no matter what I did and driving in that direction I had the joy of full morning sunshine on a screen that was completely frozen. Cue another trip to the hard shoulder....
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