Originally Posted by pendragonfalls
I got it sorted last week. Turned out to be a dodgy sticky motor. Replaced it, and everythings working OK now..!
Good to hear
For pedrito - I had to replace my high-level centre brake light bulbs, so I opened the roof by using the switch (by the handbrake) just up to the point where the cover opened. I switched the ignition key off and worked on the light (be aware that the roof/cover tend to fall gently down).
Then when I turned the ignition key back on and tried to operate the roof with the switch by the handbrake, the light flashed and nothing happened.
That's because the roof position had changed without the ECU knowing - it gets 'confused'. I think this is why Alfa provided a plastic cover over the switches behind the driver's seat, because if you use those, it is easy for the roof to become out-of-sync with the ECU. Therefore, buttons behind the seat are for emergencies/testing purposes only, as follows:
First thing to check is always that the handbrake is on - sorry to state the obvious, but I've forgotten a few times
Next thing to do is the 'reset', which worked for me:
- unlock back edge of roof/open cover if necessary using buttons behind the seat,
- switch the ignition key off and move the roof by hand, folding it away into its compartment,
- with ignition key back on, use the buttons behind the seat to latch the cover down (need to press down on cover while doing this).
If the last step doesn't happen, it's the dodgy-motor problem. Then you need the slightly-modified process described clearly by pendragon above
After putting roof away manually, turn key off and on, and finally try switch beside handbrake again to raise the roof. Should whir into life and perform usual procedure. If you have the dodgy-motor problem, you'll need to help it along.
If not, repeat manual operations I listed above, but in reverse order to put the roof up, then after locking cover down, lock the back edge of the roof down onto the cover using the second switch behind the driver's seat - press down on the back edge of the roof while doing this.
Try it again - if still not fixed, well at least the bloody roof's up ready for when it rains...