Bad convertible top motor


New Member
Apr 1, 2011
I bought a top motor for my wife's 88 convertible from American Muscle and installed with everything fine. A couple days later she dropped the top and went for a drive. When she got back the top would not rise back up. The motor ran but nothing was happening. Called the company and they told me that I would have to take the car to a repair shop and have them check it out and then send them a verification on why it wouldn't work.
I am supposed to spend at least $100 to do this so I can prove I am telling the truth. Now you tell me will they void the warranty because the motor has been opened up? To say the least I am done with this company. $250 down the drain unless I want to spend a lot more money for what? I have never had to do this with any other company ever.

Just a word to the wise.
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General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
Mod Dude
Aug 25, 2016
polk county florida
Why is the motor not raising the top? Low fluid? Low voltage? Top frame binding? Don't expect them to just warrantee the motor just cause you tell them it won't raise the top. Did you install it yourself? Are you a certified mechanic? I not asking these questions to be mean just so you don't condemn a company because you may or may not have another problem, if the shop that checks out the operation of the top finds and documents the motor being bad then I'm sure they will stand up to the warranty and possibly pay the diagnostic cost.


You have a nice rear end there Dave.
15 Year Member
Nov 29, 1999
Mililani, Hawaii
I have replaced motors a few times. I find that after running it up and down for a day it two there was air that worked itself out, and therefore I needed to add more fluid. Check your fluid level before spending money at a shop.

John Dirks Jr

there is enough sticking out to grab on to
5 Year Member
Jun 28, 2013
The fluid reservoir should be filled with the top in the down position. Then run it up and down a few times finishing in the top down position. Check fluid again and add if needed.

If you filled initially with top up and that’s all, that might explain the problem.


New Member
Apr 1, 2011
The pump went bad. Would not pump fluid at all. The motor would run and that's all. And yes there was plenty of fluid in the tank.
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