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Old 07-02-2016, 11:17 PM   #1
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Top slams header when closing.

Went to a concert tonight and when I was leaving, I opened the top and about half way up it sounded like something snapped. Did not sound good. I immediately closed the top and when it closes the header hits really hard. I also noticed that with the top about 6 inches away from being closed, it moves up and down about 6 inches easily when pushing up on the top front.

Any idea what I may have done to the top? It seems to fit OK when closed, but it is not the same when closing, every time it slams on the latch when closing. I have to stop closing the top about a foot shy and slowly lower it so it doesn't slam on the latch.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:56 PM   #2
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Look at the back where the top meets the trunk/back. Does this look "pulled away" or different? I'm thinking you may have broken the 5th bow; typical for the 2011-2012.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:52 AM   #3
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It looks like it seals up ok. My camaro is a 2013 SS.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:38 PM   #4
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on my 13 vert, the stop goes to where I have to stop it before it hits the windshield/latch, then I slowly push button and latch the top. I think that if I just let mine go and didn't stop it before it approached the windshield, it would slap it hard too.
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:24 AM   #5
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on my 13 vert, the stop goes to where I have to stop it before it hits the windshield/latch, then I slowly push button and latch the top. I think that if I just let mine go and didn't stop it before it approached the windshield, it would slap it hard too.
Mine would DEFINITELY slam closed hard if I didn't stop it before it closed all the way...dealer has already replaced a broken latch!
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:44 AM   #6
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Unfortunately, it appears to be normal for the top to "slam" down when raising it if one doesn't stop it before it closes completely. I always stop mine 6-8" from closing, turn the latch, then continue raising the top to close. Doesn't seem to outright "slam" down.
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:07 PM   #7
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Glad to have stumbled upon this post! Mine closes pretty hard too since the day I got it (2013 SS) and I've been using the same method of slowing it down and preparing the latch before contact.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:38 AM   #8
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Yep, I always turn the latch when it gets into arm reach before it hits.. Sounds bad when I don't.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:53 PM   #9
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I've owned many convertibles over my life, and just got in the habit of always catching the top when it got close to the windshield, so it wouldn't slam down. My recently acquired 2011 SS is no different - I think it would slap down harder than I would like if I didn't stop it a few inches away, turn the handle, then lower the rest of the way guiding with my other hand as it closes.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:35 PM   #10
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Yep, I always turn the latch when it gets into arm reach before it hits.. Sounds bad when I don't.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:56 PM   #11
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So you guys twist the handle flat before you touch the power lever? Does the retractable roof goes lower? I never did that, so I didn't have the thump. Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:54 AM   #12
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So you guys twist the handle flat before you touch the power lever? Does the retractable roof goes lower? I never did that, so I didn't have the thump. Thanks!
Yes. Unlatch the top, open the top slightly, twist handle back to original (closed) position (so the hooks are curled inward). When closing the top, press and hold the power button until top comes within ~12" of closing, release power button so top stops, turn latch to "open" position (so hooks are pointing downward), then press and hold power button until top closes. At least that's the way I do it and, inevitably, it helps prevent the top from slamming shut.
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Old 01-13-2017, 05:03 PM   #13
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Yes. Unlatch the top, open the top slightly, twist handle back to original (closed) position (so the hooks are curled inward). When closing the top, press and hold the power button until top comes within ~12" of closing, release power button so top stops, turn latch to "open" position (so hooks are pointing downward), then press and hold power button until top closes. At least that's the way I do it and, inevitably, it helps prevent the top from slamming shut.
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