Beware using the hood storage 'boot' for extra luggage
Somewhere on this forum I read where a Spider owner mentioned transporting golf clubs in the car's 'hood' boot as these items wouldn't fit into the rear luggage space. A great idea so long as you don't need the roof down so I decided to use this extra space to store a few items of luggage during a recent trip south to see the family over Christmas. The hood on our Spider has been operating faultlessly up to now and I've read all sorts of horror stories on this forum about how temperamental these items can be and now have first hand knowledge!
To use this space operate the hood until the rear deck is open, load up and reverse the process to finish the roof closing routine. All went to plan until I tried to open the 'hood' boot at our destination as something must have shifted en-route and fouled the hydraulic rams. Problem now was how to clear the obstruction so the roof opening cycle could be stopped at the half way position again so as to get everything out of the roof 'boot'. The only way to open the rear deck was to pull the manual release and raise the rear panel by hand.
Although the extra luggage was now out of the Spider, the roof was now stuck in the half open position and refused to budge on the button, even when the emergency release wire was pushed fully home. The handbook explains how to manually close the roof and when closing the top this way its very important to turn the big nut in the boot all the way until it clicks as that's the point where the 'roof closing complete' message comes up on the dashboard and the windows return to their correct postion.
Resetting the system was straightforward thanks to posts on this forum although the release valve on the pump motor does need to be manually closed. To do this you have to open the deck by hand, remove the bottom lining, take off the case protecting the pump mechanism and feel under the pump for the quadrant attached to the release cable. Once this has been closed and the system has cooled down, the roof can be operated electronically again but it takes a few pushes on the button to get everything back in sync, so don't worry if it doesn't close/open at the first couple of attempts.
So be careful if using the Spider' roof 'boot' for extra storage and always reset the emergency valve by hand rather that pushing the cable back as far as it will go!!!!!
Last edited by motornoter; 30-12-14 at 16:51.