convertible top electrically dead

jimbo 01

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i have a 2001 mustang convertible that suddenly won't raise or lower the top. i set the parking brake like always, push the button, nothing. latches are released, no action with engine on or off. replaced hydro cylinders 2 years ago,and lines, hard to tell which fuses to check, owners manual picture is confusing!where do i start? thanks. p.s. found fuse , tested good, can you run power straight to top motor from battery to see if it works, or will this cause damage? talking just touch power leads to motor terminals.
 
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Mustang proud

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i have a 2001 mustang convertible that suddenly won't raise or lower the top. i set the parking brake like always, push the button, nothing. latches are released, no action with engine on or off. replaced hydro cylinders 2 years ago,and lines, hard to tell which fuses to check, owners manual picture is confusing!where do i start? thanks.
I had the same thing happen with mine? took it to the shop and they said it was an intermittent ground coming from the emergency brake. Not sure what they did to fix it to be honest but they didn't charge me. I would imagine it could also be an intermittent switch as well, but yeah ground issue for mine.
 

Pete fender

Pete Fender
Look all around for green self tapping screws, starting with the one close to the battery one the radiator support.
Check to make sure they are tight.
Those are your main grounds.
If you can't find the fuse, usually #2 under the hod, check them all.
Also, it may be a relay under the hood.
Using a known good relay, swap out that good relay with the others until the top motor stars working, and replace the relay.
It also could be the switch.
Make sure you have topped of the top motor, which is behind the rear seat.
 
From what I know about our tops, it's usually a ground issue. Check them all, especially the one through the e-brake, which is the one the top motor runs through. Second most common issue is a blown fuse.

It's possible to run 12 VDC to the top motor to see if it'll work. Won't hurt anything.
 

jimbo 01

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From what I know about our tops, it's usually a ground issue. Check them all, especially the one through the e-brake, which is the one the top motor runs through. Second most common issue is a blown fuse.

It's possible to run 12 VDC to the top motor to see if it'll work. Won't hurt anything.
i lifted the console, felt some wires, moved them slightly, top started working again,all the ground wires under the hood looked good,where is the e brake ground wire?was that what i felt under the back of the console?
 

Pete fender

Pete Fender
Search right around the brake handle.
The ground wire is attached to the hump under the console, there may be more than one wire, and the grounging crew is usually green.
 
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