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Lube advice? (convertible top)

I have a convertible and being in Southern Ca I have been topless 363 pit 365 days last year and get lots and lots of use out of it. Now when closing the top it sounds sandpaper-ish like its dirty and the track system needs so lubrication. Anyone deal with this or have any advice? It even sticks a little in one spot. I just don't want any extra wear and tear since I over use my top already. Thanks

P.S. I apologize to the rest of the USA that is freezing! it was almost 78 here today
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sounds like a good reason to go to your local dealer. they can inspect it make sure that nothing is getting stuck/damaged and then re-lube the rails if thats all that needs to be done.

I don't really know the details but if this by some luck isn't considered "consumable" or part of "scheduled maintenance" (or is but happened way sooner than it should have) then maybe the warranty will foot some (or all) of the bill.
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The top does not need any maintenance. any noise it is making would be warranty. Not saying we should not take care of it, just if it is making noise and still under warranty, take it in.
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My smart roadster cabriolet is now nearly 6 years old and after about 4 years I too had the roof juddering and sounding sandpaperish, and I asked the same advice on smartmaniacs, so I pass on the info knowing that it works.
It is easier if you take the roof bars off to do them, rather than in situe.
Silicone grease is the answer, apply liberally all inside the sliders in the bars and when you reapply the bars run the roof up and down lots of times to get the grease all over.
Also if you want to stop the roof bars creaking when they are on, use silicone spray lube on a cloth and apply to the rubber seals, not only does it protect the rubber, it stops the squeeks.
The roof bars may have to be redone a few times but eventually they run a lot smoother.
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Excellent

Thanks. I'll use these when caring for my wife's new cabriolet.

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Thanks! Bought some silicone lube and hit all the joint and track and it feels like brand new! If you go topless anywhere near as much as me I would recommend doing this once a year to keep everything working smoothly!
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