This is the exact problem i've been having! Did you ever get around to doing those pictures?dumb question, but does anyone have a picture of where the 2 release points for the 5th bow are?
my top doesn't want to go down, and googling around it sounds exactly like the 5th bow sensor problem that seems to be pretty common, and one of the pages i came across talked about how to manually open the top and check for a bad splice on the wiring.
the page had a ton of pictures of everything EXCEPT where the actual release points were. i found the hidden tool behind the sub just fine, and the release point above the sub for the tonneau, but am not seeing anything that the tool fits into for the other 2 release points.
if it makes any difference, my eclipse is a 2008.
just an update, i did manage to find those release points and get the top down. i'll take some pictures later so other people have an idea of where they are.
as to the problem i was having, here is where it stands:
1. as i was manually opening the top, i wasn't able to get the tonneau to lift open, however after the 5th bow was up, my top open button magically started working!
2. i let it open to the point where i could get at the wiring for the sensors. i unplugged the one on the passenger side, unraveled the connector some and started cutting back the plastic shielding. i went pretty far, but wasn't able to find the splice before it got dark. how far away from the silver cylinder is the splice point? i'm at a point where it's getting difficult to work on the wire because it's getting pretty crowded, but i haven't reached the two zip ties yet. up to this point, both wires in the connector have been solid, and i haven't seen any splices.
3. when i decided to call it a night due to the darkness (thanks end of summer ), i used the close top button and everything worked perfectly, aside from the fact i ran into the same issue that caused the whole problem to begin with. my windows wouldn't close after the top went up, turning off the car and turning it back on fixed my windows, but now the top doesn't want to open. (i'm expecting that if i try manually again, i'll experience the same thing)
anything specific i should keep my eyes open for next time i open it up and try to find that splice point?
problem solved. found the splice, it was popped. soldered back together and the top works like new.
The front and back windows on my convertible go down at the same time, so how would I be able to reset the back ones if they always go down with the front ones?On the hard top and I'm sure the convertible there is what we call a short-stroke reset. With the top all the way up and locked, roll one window down at a time, hold the down button until you hear a click (10 Seconds). Release the down window button. Now roll the window up holding it in the up position until you hear a click (10 Seconds). That window is now reset. Do this with all four windows. With all four windows reset, this should reset the ECU for your top and also help with the lowering and raising of the top.
Did you ever get this fixed and figured out. Im having the same issueHi I have an 07 eclipse convertible. When putting the top down the tonneau goes up the top goes down but the tonneau will not go down from this point it stays in the up position..
Any ideas as to what might be wrong?
Thanks a bunch!
My guess is that the hydraulic fluid in the pump that pushes the top up is bad or low, or the whole pump is shotI just picked up a low mileage 08 gs spyder from a family friend's son. He rarely used the convertible top & owned the car 9 years. I went to put the top down, and it opened fine. Everything was perfect. Went to close it, and I could push the button all day, but it did nothing after opening the hardshell cover. Having had convertible cars before, I said screw it and put all my weight into lifting the top out and halfway up, until the button worked and it closed. I don't have the owners manual (previous owner is looking for it) so until then, can anyone give me an idea on this? It's been over a decade since I have owned a Drop top, so I'm beyond rusty.
Pop the bottoms up by pulling on the front of the cushion in the location of between the legs of someone if they were siting there, might need a flathead to pry itHow do I remove those?