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problem with trap doors.

hello all, new member here. I have had my saturn for 3 weeks now. the previous owner had it for 16 mths. and put 1500 miles on it. I have already put 900 miles on it. Question is, when i put the top up i am having trouble with it. the trap doors dont open correctly and I have to walk around to each side and help it up so the top fits properly. Is this normal or is something missing?
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There should be a cable attached to each of the doors that open them as the top goes up. It won't hurt anything to lift them up at the trailing edge to check on the cable attachment.

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i did notice those. the one on the passengers side is broken, but the drivers side is not. they tensioned off of each other?

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i did notice those. the one on the passengers side is broken, but the drivers side is not. they tensioned off of each other?
Hmm. I don't know the answer to that one. Someone will chime in here that knows.

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I have found the part numbers for the other cables in the trunk, but not the flap actuators yet. It's on my list of must have parts
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there is a small plastic piece that is attached to the cable end in the trunk under the trunk carpeting..bring it into a pontiac dealership...they will have to replace the cable. If u wish to see it, take off the top push pin on the side of the buttress that is broken, and then take a look...although u r not familiar with this car, so u will not understand what u r looking at.
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I had my plastic piece broke last year when they replaced my top. I will post a picture of the item, and hopefully, I still have an example of the part in the glove box. I would do it now, but the Sky is out 'working'... I had both of those replaced and ordered a spare...




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As promised here are the pics, however, while opening my top up to take a picture or 2, the one on my drivers side just broke opening it...
Curses, I have been jinx...

Luckily I had that spare I told ya'll about, it was just used up...
I strongly recommend that ya'll grab some spares, I looked at this night mare GM created nonsense, and am ready to "modify" this thing, because at some point, we ain't gonna be able to find these cheaply made BUT expensive to ship little guys in the future.. This is the second one broken on me in less than a year, and I hardly ever put top down... Perhaps it's our sun down here,

http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results.cfm Part# 15290793 Called a "Bushing Coussinet" List $3.51, GM Parts direct $2.00
LOL, cost more to ship than the price of the part. I would contact your dealer and have them order some and let them pay the shipping...



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AWESOME thanks guys.

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This is why or site is very inportance. These tips save us alot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$;
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Interesting, I looked and found that I have one Red and one Blue Retainer / Bushing (whatever you want to call it) The cable snap retainer.

Kinda reminds me of the old door lock rod retainers.
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I have a great hardwear store. After I get my hands on this. I will be looking for a spring steel pc to replace these and stop this pain in the a--!
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That's just great... I paid about $30 for mine, It came with the little black metal part that snaps onto the flap... Since then, I noticed that the ones on the rear hatch latch of the Chevy Trailblazer are the same... In case you like scoring parts from salvage yards like I do...

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Here's the part, also known as a door lock rod clip, available at almost any auto parts store for about $3.00.



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