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I own a beautiful black/tan '90 TC that has 39,000 original miles on it. I am not mechanically competent and periodically need specialist help. Can anyone recommend a really good mechanic in N. Virginia?

The "Top" lock switch stopped working so I can't lock down either the soft or the hard top.

Any and all suggestions welcome.

Thanks! :)

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My lock switch never worked on both of my tc's. I don't trust mechanics period, let alone mechanics who think they know about 20 year old cars. So i just use the lug wrench to lock mine down like it says in the manual, and save myself the potential headache of a mechanic making my car worse and then getting paid for it.

Quick unrelated story---- I need to bring my Ferrari to the Ferrari dealership for periodic minor maintenance (it has an interference engine and you DO NOT want to take chances with mainrtenance on that engine), and EVERY TIME i bring it there for maintenance, they f* something up. Since the mechanics there are factory trained in Italy at Ferrari, you would think they know their stuff, but in my opinion, EVERY mechanic is a gamble........

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Try C&C Garage in Vienna. Talk to Scott. They are honest and some of their mechanics know older cars. My experience with them has been pretty positive and they have a high rating in one of the local magazines (either Checkbook or Washingtonian).

That said, like any garage, they don't always get it right the first time but when that happened to me they usually took the car back and made it right.

If you want your car shined up real nice, ask Scott if PeeWee is still around. He is a magician at buffing out old paint and making it look like new again.

When I move back to the States, I definitely plan to use these guys on my baby.

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My lock switch never worked on both of my tc's. I don't trust mechanics period, let alone mechanics who think they know about 20 year old cars. So i just use the lug wrench to lock mine down like it says in the manual, and save myself the potential headache of a mechanic making my car worse and then getting paid for it.

Quick unrelated story---- I need to bring my Ferrari to the Ferrari dealership for periodic minor maintenance (it has an interference engine and you DO NOT want to take chances with mainrtenance on that engine), and EVERY TIME i bring it there for maintenance, they f* something up. Since the mechanics there are factory trained in Italy at Ferrari, you would think they know their stuff, but in my opinion, EVERY mechanic is a gamble........

Thanks for the input, and a Happy New Year!; it may be the safest approach

Question: How do I access the locking apparatus when the soft or hard top is in place (and held down by someone else?)

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just open the trunk and pull the u-shaped cut in the carpet back (it's straight ahead, at the top of the front wall of the trunk). Then put your lug wrench on the big nut and turn it until you can see the top getting pulled down; it should then click. Then you're done. To release the top, just do the opposite with the lug wrench. It tells all about it in the manual. :):cool:

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Not to make too fine a point about your procedure but, I would add that you should hear two (2) clicks, one for each pin locking in place. If you hear only one click, then only one side is locked down and this may cause top damage.

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Before I repaired the pull down on my 89 I too used the manual pull down. The lug wrench is a pain in the neck to use, the golf clubs kept getting in the way. I just threw a ratchet with the appropriate socket and extension in the trunk and that works MUCH better.

A better solution would of course be to fix the pull down motor, they are pretty straight forward mechanically. Electrically, at least for me, is a bit of a bad dream but again pretty straight forward.

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If you want to find the problem with your pull down first check that you have power at the socket (disconnect) to the motor in both switch positions. If you do, then check the actual leads to the motor itself. If no power the problem is probably in the relay. These are stock Chrysler and, I am sure, available through here.

Take it one step at a time and just ask. There are plenty of people here that are willing to assist you.

Good luck.

Bob

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If you don't mind a little drive to Frederick, MD., Tate Chrysler still has a TC mechanic employed there. They have three or four TC owners who go there for service. They've been good to me since I bought mine three years ago.

Have fun with the TC.

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