Send in your hydraulic pump for rebuild/upgrade. Average turn around time is 3-5 business days, and you get back a pump that is far superior to a brand new one, on account of upgraded seals and internal components (following a complex rebuild & test procedure).
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The R231's hydraulic pump aka hydraulic unit is a complex, high-performance pump with integrated valve block, two different output pressures, high-end electronic noise suppression, and high flow rate.
Intermittently working pumps are often mistaken for internal leaks in hydraulic cylinders. While internal leaks occur in OEM roof cylinders on occasion, almost every hydraulic pump will fail eventually on account of some design flaws that Top Hydraulics fixes with its upgrade. Thus, your pump will be better than a new one.
Is your pump blowing a fuse every time you try to use it? That is a clear sign for a short from the pump's electric motor, and Top Hydraulics' rebuild will take care of it.
Do NOT drill a hole in the reservoir - the filtering in the original pumps is insufficient, and tiny plastic shavings can cause significant damage to the pump and the valve block. Top Hydraulics may have to charge extra for rebuild service on pumps with severe contamination or holes drilled in the reservoir. An additional charge may also apply to pumps that have been abused by DIY repair efforts or severely damged by fire or water. Note that the latter is rare, but we want to mention it for completeness.
The upgrade service for hydraulic convertible top pumps replaces sensitive parts inside the pump with re-designed, precision machined aluminum ones, improves fluid filtering on those pumps that need it, services the valve block, solenoids and check valves, upgrades electronic components, upgrades internal seals, and replaces the electric motors if needed. Top Hydraulics' service makes these high-performance pumps better than brand new ones!
Final test includes pressure test in all pump stages, flow test, and endurance test.
Pump removal is quite simple. Disconnect the pump from the wiring harness, remove the bolts that mount the pump frame to the car, and turn the pump on its side. Now you will see all the hydraulic lines going into the pump, held in place by two retaining plates. Each plate has numbers engraved where the lines go in, and the lines (hoses) have the corresponding numbers printed on them in red or white ink.
We suggest that you remove the mounting frame from the pump - it makes shipping cheaper and easier. Do not attempt to drain fluid from the pump. Instead, wrap the pump inside a large garbage bag, and then inside another one. That should take care of keeping oil leaks contained, and it will protect your pump. Buffer the parcel well inside, and tape it up well.
Top Hydraulics will not guarantee that the rebuilt units will be cosmetically perfect, but they will work well. For example, if you send us a pump in a bent mounting frame, then we may use our best efforts to straighten out the frame, but we will not replace it. We do not replace damaged electrical connectors - please package your pump carefully.
Once we receive your pump, the turn around time is 3-5 days for rebuild/upgrade service and we will ship the pump back to you by Priority U.S. Mail (2-3 days delivery time in the US). For international shipments, please select "Express Mail Box". International Express Mail arrives in most locations worldwide within about one week.
US domestic customers send in your pump with or without mounting frame - international customers please ship without the mounting frame.