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Getting to the convertible top hydroponic pump in a 2005 PT Cruiser.

I need to add some fluid to my convertible top pump but I would like the easiest way to get to it if I don't need to take out the back seats. I was not sure how to get the convertible top well out to get to the pump. Any easy answers?

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Tammy,

Check this link out on YouTube. It should be the same for your car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAPuppA5x90

Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Testimonial: "Yeah already watched that one and it doesn't show you how to get it out. He already had it out and then put it partially back in. I was hoping to find more YouTube videos on it but haven't. Thanks... Still open for any other suggestions."

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    Tammy Tracey Jul 12, 2019

    Any other help out there?

  • Ronald Emerson
    Ronald Emerson Jul 12, 2019

    OK you want to get what out...The pump itself , or all the stuff that is hiding it?

  • Ronald Emerson
    Ronald Emerson Jul 12, 2019

    Here's a link to the PT Cruiser forum. If you can't find what you are looking for here, I would take it to a mechanic !http://www.ptcruiserlinks.com/forum/pt-c...

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  1. This is a common problem with the 2005 PT Cruisers, and the worst case scenario is you will have to take it to the dealership for a software upgrade.
  2. Many times, if you disconnect the battery for 30 minutes or so, and then reconnect the battery, the convertible top and windows will start working again. I would try this a couple of times if the fuses are found to be good.
  3. If it still fails to work, check with the dealership to see about getting your computer reprogrammed.
  4. If all else fails, you may have a bad window switch and convertible top switch, but is unlikely that both would have gone out at the same time.


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Firstly, a caveat, if you don't know what you are doing, it will be better to get an auto mechanic to do this.

I am also making an assumption, that you haven't a) messed up the electrical switch that operates it, and b) damaged the hydraulic pistons, or the hydraulic hoses in the process. If so, all bets are off, and back to get a mechanic to fix it.

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  2. Raise the motor and pump fitting to at least 2" above the horizontal rear seat back reinforcement.
  3. Tilt the motor and pump assembly to approximately the 10 o'clock position, with the rubber filler plug still at the top.

CAUTION: The motor and pump assembly must remain in the current position until the rubber filler plug is reinstalled in step 7.

  1. Remove the rubber fill plug from the reservoir.
  2. Fill the hydraulic system by adding Dexron 2 Automatic Transmission Fluid to the bottom of the fill hole.

CAUTION: Do not operate the top switch in the "up", closing the top, direction.

  1. With two people, activate the top switch in the "down" (opening the top) position to fully retract the cylinder rods and hold for approximately 5 seconds, until the motor and pump stalls. A percolating or gurgle sound/feeling is an indication that the procedure is working.
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