Porsche Convertible Top Repair

If your Porsche convertible top isn't opening or closing, but the metal compartment lid still moves, then this is your fix. This problem is common on all Porsche convertible tops made between 1997 and 2012.


  • Replacement ball joints. Porsche doesn't sell the ball joint, so there is no part number, but you can buy an OEM replacement from Gary here or here
  • Porsche only sells the entire assembly. For the 986, this is Part # 986-561-279-02
  • The rubber bushing on the 986 is Part # 986-561-881-00
Comparison of the replacement (left) withe the original part off my 986.


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