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Take a look at the pictures of the good tension cable eyelet/ guide bracket for the right side then the broken guide on the left side circled in yellow. Why would this break? How to fix without going to the dealer? The cable pulls the headliner flap taut with top up.

Has anyone else had this problem?
 

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That plastic guide can fail because it is under a lot of stress. I've replaced a lot of them over the years.

1Y0 871 341 B (left) or 1Y0 871 342 B (right) for your year model (note, different year models may use different part numbers). There are also some pop rivets needed.

When you get the part, it will be 2 pieces of cord with metal eyes on the ends and the other ends of the cords will be connected to a plastic plate. What I did was untie the knot on the cord that has the replacement guide on it, and replace that cord and guide, didn't bother with the other cord since they never fail. Pop the plastic plate apart on the car, tie in my replacement cord, snap the plate back together, pop rivet my guide and metal eye back into place.
 

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Thanks for the response. So I am not the only one having this issue. I was either raising or lowering the top when gave off a loud POP! Just wouldn't think there would be that much stress on the cord.

Oh how the pro's make it sound so easy! - I sounds like all I need to do is open the plastic part that is attached to the liner, grind off the one rivet at the end of the cable and remove the broken guide. I have a small pop rivet gun that should do the cord end, but not the larger one for plastic guide. Looks a little hard to get to. I assume a small bolt and nut would do that. How did you replace this one? The picture below shows the part that I open up to replace only the one cord.

After looking more closely to the cord, the black sheath has severed and about 3 inches of the inner white cord is exposed. Does this mean that both ends should be replaced?
 

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Pencilneck, I believe I understand what you are telling me about replacing just the one end. How did you replace the broken bracket/guide, with the correct rivet or small bolt? Thanks, Tom
 

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You aren't the only one. I have that on both sides now, also the piece that holds the corner of the headliner broke on one side....:(
 

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Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye... What we need is one of the org's gurus post a "how to" on repairing this problem. Any takers?
 

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pencilneck, if I were even close to Knoxville, I'd be there. I am an hour west of Memphis bit of a drive for me, but thank you very much for offering.
 

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Hi Dan,
Just got my parts today. Cable and Guide plus a selection of rivets. Tomorrow is the day to do the work. Looks easy enough to do. The only issue that I can see now is getting the pop rivet tool at the right angle to rivet the bracket in properly. I will follow up later on results. I need to replace the bracket and the upper cable, its frayed.
 

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F i x e d

Got the upper cable replaced and the plastic angle guide bracket. Really quite easy to do. Follow the instructions given by pencelneck and the link to the on-line manual. Just be very careful to follow the exact route of the existing cables and closing the headliner attachment plate.

The upper cable was frayed very badly. Replacing this cable only required one rivet and tying the one knot at the plate. I did not replace any other guides or loops.


Replacing the plastic angle guide bracket was the only issue. I could not find any position for my pop rivet tool to get a straight-on insertion fit for the rivet. (The pros should tell us how this is accomplished.) Ended up using a 6x32 x 5/8" pan head screw and kep nut. Not to mention having to retrieve the bracket from the bottom of the window opening. Bummer, but I finally got it out. To remove the angle bracket, I first (using a Dremel moto-tool) ground out the upper side of the bracket to expose the rivet head. Then ground off the head and removed the rivet body.


Replacing the cables do not require any great skills, just basic horse sense and few tools. The only "special tool" may be the pop-rivet tool or the Dremel. The upper picture shows the 1Y0 871 341B assembly and the lower show the bracket and upper cable replaced.

Of the parts purchased I only used one rivet, angle bracket and upper cable. Just think, VW in Memphis wanted $300 to do this. If I have to do this again, it should take less than a hour.
 

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Get the parts and bring the car to Knoxville... I can fix these.
Get the parts and bring the car to Knoxville... I can fix these.
I know that this post was posted years ago but it is now 2020 and I need to fix my tension cable on the passenger side. Was that "How To" to fix that ever come to life? I need help. Any advise will appreciated.
 

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VW has listed some convertible top specialists; what area if CA, is the car? Do you want to fix the top yourself or have a top repair shop handle it?
The car is in Modesto but I am from the Bay Area any shop in those areas. I would love to take the car and have it done it depends on the price. I feel that when you try to do it yourself it is like that saying about defending yourself being your own lawyer you have an idiot for a client. That is what I would be if I tried to fix it myself. Thank you for your response
 

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You might contact your local VW dealer and ask who, they use for convertible top repairs. Local upholstery shops, may offer this type of repairs as well; the vw service manual, lists some in Nor Cal but are closer inland in the Bay Area, a bit away from you in RedWood City but you never know, you might give them a call anyway.


convertible top installer; locator:

 

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You might contact your local VW dealer and ask who, they use for convertible top repairs. Local upholstery shops, may offer this type of repairs as well; the vw service manual, lists some in Nor Cal but are closer inland in the Bay Area, a bit away from you in RedWood City but you never know, you might give them a call anyway.


convertible top installer; locator:

Thank you so much. I will take your advise and call Redwood City when ever we are able to leave home again Redwood City won't seem very far at all. Thank you again
 
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