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A while back I ran into a young gentlemen with the same convertible and asked him if he had problems with the top not working. He said yes, and that

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Old 11-22-2019, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A while back I ran into a young gentlemen with the same convertible and asked him if he had problems with the top not working. He said yes, and that he knew a way to "manually" be able to take the top down and put it back up.

He gave me a quick explanation of how to do it but of course I was in a hurry and didn't write down the instructions.

Has ANYONE heard of this? Is it truly possible?! My top has not been working for almost 2 years and recently unsuccessfully was able to get Nissan to pay for the $4,400 repair it would take to fix it. I opened a case # and because my car is used and had been salvaged at one point, they could not approve the fix.

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HillcrestTop,


This link is a YouTube video by Top Hydraulics, an Oregon company that fixes convertible roof mechanisms on all makes of cars and shows how to open the top manually:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTLYv3kJNIk

This company has more videos on how to repair the most common issues with the 370z mechanism, all on YouTube. You should watch them all, as they may be enough for you to try fixing your top yourself, or .. getting a convertible top shop in Ca to use them and get your car back as it should be.

If you go to Top Hydraulics.com online, you'll see that they can totally rebuild the rams, hoses and hydraulic motor better than new.

Their site and their YouTube videos are a great resource. Good Luck!

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Awesome - thank you so much for this!
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A while back I ran into a young gentlemen with the same convertible and asked him if he had problems with the top not working. He said yes, and that he knew a way to "manually" be able to take the top down and put it back up.

He gave me a quick explanation of how to do it but of course I was in a hurry and didn't write down the instructions.
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LennyK,

Absolutely! Read my post above, and then go to the YouTube video I listed in my post to see how its done.

Or ... open your roadsters Owner's Manual and find the procedure with step by step diagrams.

Note that in the video, the spokesman says to not push down on the storage compartment after stowing the top, so that it doesn't lock up on you. Maybe removing the latch assembly from the storage compartment lid would prevent that, if you found it necessary. A couple of bolts and the lock loop is removed.
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Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread and trying to help with getting my top fixed. After being unsuccessful, have decided to sell my baby.

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