Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Warrenton, Virginia
I heard two opposing stories on how to keep a convertible top looking good and last long. First, I heard the worst thing to do to a convertible top is to put it down. Putting it up and down wears out the motor, the piston, and reduces the life of the material. Another story I heard was to put it up and down as frequently as possible to lubricate the oil in the pump, and to prohibit wrinkles and mildew in the top.
Every Memorial Day, I put the top down on my Chevelle. It is always garaged, so I keep the top down for the summer. I put the top back up in October for the winter, and keep it up until the next May. Is this good? Should I put it up every time I am not using it, and then put it down for shows? The top is five years old, and is in excellent condition. I want to do everything I can to maintain its condition and take care of it. I appreciate any advice/hints you can offer. Thanks alot!