Broken Porsche Boxster Convertible Top Push Rod

It is just a matter of time before you experience a broken Porsche Boxster Convertible Top Push Rod. You will hear a loud snap (or bang) as you are lowering or raising the roof. It will usually mean that you have snapped one of the Plastic End Caps off of the Convertible Top Push Rod.

986 987 Boxster Convertible Soft Top Push Rod Ball Joint OEM Repair Kit
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986 987 Boxster Convertible Soft Top Push Rod Ball Joint OEM Repair Kit
  • Repair Kit Includes: 2 X Porsche 986 987 Boxster Convertible Top Push Rod Ball Joint
  • If you own a Porsche 986 Boxster, more than likely your convertible top will suffer from the infamous broken plastic push rod end. Porsche used a plastic end on the push rod used to operate the convertible top. These plastic ends are notorious for breaking and unfortunately can set you back $150 if you have to buy 2 new push rods since the dealer does not sell the plastic end piece separately.
  • The Plastic used is the mixture of glass fiber which i heat resistance and durable.
  • Porsche Applications: Boxster (1997-2012)
LAFORMO 986 987 Boxster Convertible Soft Top Push Rod Ball Joint OEM Repair Kit
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LAFORMO 986 987 Boxster Convertible Soft Top Push Rod Ball Joint OEM Repair Kit
  • Repair Kit Includes: 2 X Pors 986 987 Boxster Convertible Top Push Rod Ball Joint
  • The Plastic used is the mixture of glass fiber which i heat resistance and durable.
  • Pors che Applications: Boxster (1997-2012)
Broken Plastic End Cap
Broken Plastic End Cap

Common Issue

This is a very prevalent issue in the 986, 987.1, and 987.2 Boxster convertible tops. Pretty much all Porsche convertibles from 1997 through 2012 will experience Broken Porsche Boxster Convertible Top Push Rod. The plastic ball joints easily fail. When these break, the motor and lid will still move, but the convertible top won’t move on its own.

Exploded View of Convertible Components
Exploded View of the Convertible Parts. Push Rod components are in Green

Do Not Lower (or Raise) Your Convertible Top While in Motion

I have done this 3-4 times and have learned my lesson to never engage the convertible top when the car is in motion. Since adopting this method of convertible top deployment, I have not snapped a plastic end cap. I even have 2 plastic end caps on spare. These caps are inexpensive and easy to have around.

You need only replace the Plastic End Cap

If this happens to you, spend some time on Youtube or in the forums on how to effect this repair. You will need to attempt to close the roof the best you can manually by hand. Order the replacement parts specific to the year of your Boxster (or 911). Ebay was the original source, but I have now seen them on Amazon 986 987 Boxster Convertible Soft Top Push Rod Ball Joint OEM Repair Kit .

Keep it Plastic

I strongly recommend against buying the metal replacement end caps, stick with the original plastic caps. You would rather snap the plastic end cap than bending multiple rods and potentially damage your motor and lift mechanisms.

Convertible Push Rod Plastic Caps
Convertible Push Rod Plastic Caps (Under $20 USD)

When preparing to replace the plastic end caps, mark the depth of your existing cap on the pushrod screw threads with electrical tape. This will allow you to screw the replacement cap on at the same depth. Simply twist on the new cap to the exact same depth and then push the cap over the ball joint and it should be a perfect repair.

NOTE: Before you make any adjustments, make sure that you mark all positions because adjustments effect on other seemingly unrelated parts of the clamshell and convertible top assembly and alignment.

Small hands are a definite asset on doing this repair.

How To Increase the Lifespan of the Porsche Boxster Convertible Top

It is strongly recommended that if you own a 986/987.1/987.2 that when Opening and Closing your Convertible top, that you:

  • Never open or close your convertible top when your car is in motion.
  • Only open or close your convertible top only on level ground.
  • Use care in opening and closing convertible in cold temperatures.
  • Never open or close your roof in high winds
  • Closing Convertible Top in a Pre-2003 Porsche Boxster with Vinyl rear windows must learn the Boxster-Chop!

These tips will save your convertible motor, your channel pull cables, and especially your push rod caps. Thus following these rules will extend the lifespan of your convertible top.

Recommendation

It is strongly recommended that you review Porsche Boxster Convertible Top Problems. The article lists many of the common Porsche Boxster Convertible Top Problems. Every Porsche Boxster Owner needs to be aware of these issues and the steps that can be taken to avoid them.

From YouTube

Great Resource from Youtube on this repair
Very In-depth Repair By Ben Burner Cars

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