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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / In need of repair advice for a Sebring convertible roof

Vibroluxer
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Sep 18th, 2017 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks to all in advance, I *know* I'm asking the right group!

I have a female friend who possesses a trusting and gentle soul. She likes and trusts this used car dealer and bought a convertible from him. After she owned if for a short time she noticed a 2 inch tear in the roof. She's fairly poor and I advised her to call the guy and see if he would fix it for free. I don't know this guy in any way.

She called and he fixed it. I don't know if he fixed it right though and she surely doesn't know, she is so afraid to lower the roof because she thinks if will ruin the repair and start leaking.

Tonight I saw what he did. The tear is covered in a really hard glue, almost like epoxy. It's also on the roof between the support spines. I don't know if it will leak or not or crack, but I think she's safe on that, if she lowers the roof.

I'd like to help her make sure she can put the roof down, she's a convertible freak and this is really bothering her. I can be known to be a good fix it guy and will help her if you guys think something needs to change but I don't know enough about glue and waterproofing to offer anything.

Care to make me look like a hero? ;)


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Sep 18th, 2017 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Should have also told younz that other than this one issue the roof is very decent condition.

Thanks.

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Where's jefe? He loves Chryslers.

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

lol, ya I know, right?? Probably out on his Harley.

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Sep 18th, 2017 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hasn't convertible season come and gone in Steelers town? Leave it up till spring...

(This message was last edited by tahitijack at 01:26 PM, Sep 19th, 2017)

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Sep 18th, 2017 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

She's seriously depressed. Plus, it's a nice fall and I wanna be a hero! Actually, she had a fuse issue and when I pulled a similar fuse from under the hood, to check the circuit with the blown fuse, the damn thing snapped from my fingers and got lost in the engine someplace. As it turns out, the lost fuse was for starting the car. Sigh.... So I need to save face as well as help this poor woman.

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Sep 19th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is the repair on a seam? If so then lowering the top may stress the glue and cause it to separate.

When the top is up it's under the most stress. Lowering would only stress the bend/fold areas.

Jake from PA,
(Previous owner of 4 Sebring convertibles.)

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Sep 19th, 2017 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No, it is not on a seam or over any roof supports.

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Sep 23rd, 2017 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ok, the big blog of glue cracked already and she has no yet lowered the roof. I sure could use some advice. I was thinking of that waterproof tape but dont know if it ill hold to the roof.



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Sep 23rd, 2017 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is no cheap, one-time, long term fix for a hole in a convertible top as you describe.

A quick google search for "convertible top repair in Pittsburgh" yields many listings for expert help and evaluation on the subject.

Be a hero for the girl and get someone else involved who knows what they're doing.



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Sep 23rd, 2017 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Duck tape, man. Or Duck tape pro......



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Sep 25th, 2017 02:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would think that those things cannot be sewn or else cause tight stress elsewhere in the top, it cannot be glued, as has been found out, and tape only junks it up while not lasting either.

Perhaps a Professional shop can do a repair that doesn't involve a complete replacement.

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Sep 25th, 2017 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My ex GF had the same issue with her Sebring (later traded to buy a Toyota Highlander). Anyway, from my experience the only was to do this is to replace the cloth part of the top over the existing frame.

As I remember this was about a $400 repair. The top used was not OEM but looked decent and worked until the mechanism began to act up. This prompted the trade of the Sebring.

I hated driving it as it was a real flexible flyer. With nothing connecting the A-posts of the windshield to a roof or the rear body the entire dash would shake when you hit a bump. Handling was, as a result, "not very precise".

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Sep 25th, 2017 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Do you have a local upholstery/top shop in the area. Myself, I would never try to do a patch job on a convertible top because the repetitions of putting a top down and up will, possibly, destroy whatever fix is put in place. A local pro may be able to do a repair that will last for a bit, but, personally, I would replace the top.

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Sep 25th, 2017 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah. A full-service marina will have a top shop that can do a repair that will last. It won't look pretty tho.

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Sep 26th, 2017 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Flex-Sealâ„¢ can make a boat out of a screen door...try that.

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