Most Common Issues of a Dodge Ramcharger Soft Top
Convertibles look flashy. They look cool with both the top on and with it down. However, these soft tops are sensitive pieces of a car that need to be taken cared of if you expect them to make you shine. Neglect can only ruin these tops for you and this, in turn, will ruin the look of your car. Learn how to spot the damage a soft top suffers, such as these problems below, to keep your car looking flashy:
Damaged by the elements
Soft tops are held together by a network of stitches. These are made of cloth, however, and in time cloth has a tendency to succumb to different forces from the outside. Observe your stitching for any damage that may have been caused to it by the sun and other elements. If it is still in considerably good shape, the stitch may be replaced and you may still salvage your soft top.
Hydraulic valve not working
Some soft tops rely on hydraulic valves and gas-operated assemblies in order for them to work. These are most prone to being damaged. Learn to listen to the sound of trouble: a ping right after a momentary whirring of the motor. Look for other signs of trouble with the 5th bow micro switch and other micro switches on the latches in thetourneau.
Another problem with the hydraulic valve is that it may leak. These valves have fluid in them that make the top go up and down. If it does not move, it could be because the fluid level is low, an indication of a leak. Check the hydraulic pump for any signs of fluid leaks coming from them. If there is none, then it may be that your pump itself is the one that is faulty.
Other problems with soft tops
Soft tops might have other issues that you can diagnose for yourself if you know where and how to look. Aside from problems with the top's stitching and the hydraulics, other issues that could cause it to not work properly may include restrictions in the hydraulic lines, loose or broken fittings, and damaged cylinders within the hydraulic assembly.