A month or two ago the roof on our PH1 stopped opening on occasion. I quickly found out a tap to the clam shell release lever (as well documented here and other Alfa forums) would release it when in would not open. It got to the point that every time a tap was required and right up until a week and a half ago when we were down in London.
I'm currently watching two suppliers on eBay whom both suggest theirs are better than the original.
I also found a post on an Aussy forum IIRC that documented with pictures a method whereby you can rotate the existing broken teeth cog and use a portion of it that is normally unused. It seems only 50% of it (or some such figure) is actually used in normal operation and as such you can possibly get a free fix in some cases.
Anyway my plan was to take it off in the winter, turn it around (as suggested above) or replace it if required.
Recently the 159 battery has failed so I have been using the Spider for the commute until weekend when I service the 159 and change the battery. Here's the point of this post. Every time this week (and it has been every night on my way home) I have opened and closed the roof it has been fine and no tapping required.
Could it simply be that earlier in the year the **** weather and all as I never opened it much that it forgot what open was? or is it just a fluke?
Priorities I find, are usually someone else's.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.
Worked every time this week whilst I'm using it.
Next week I will have got off my lazy one and fitted the new battery to my 159. I think the next good weekend I'll wash and polish the Spider and cover it for the winter. I'm now in two minds whether to replace the cog over winter or just leave it until next summer and see.