Cabrio Seal Fault
Member Dacfolke recently bought a fortwo cabriolet but had a problem with the seals catching on the manual part of the roof. After looking into it and comparing cars he found the solution was available from smart.
The fault was found to be part of a rubber seal had deformed and was getting caught between the roof catch and the roof pin, seal circled in red below.
Using a hot air gun the deformed part of the seal can be manipulated away from the catch point allowing free movement and catching of the roof mechanism.
On checking another cabrio which was a later model, there were two extra trims affixed to the roll bar that were obviously a modification to counteract this problem.
The additional trim part numbers are:
They locate in a slot in the main rollbar trims with a tongue, one on the left hand end of the rollbar, and one on the right. In this instance they were stuck in place with silicone sealant.
The silicone offers a good, strong, flexible and weatherproof bond but isn't totally permanent incase you need to remove it. Their function is just to stop the trims from getting caught and fouling the operation of the roof by forcing them to deflect away.
Many thanks to Dacfolke for this How2 and pictures.