How to Let a Top Down on a Convertible Mustangby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
Ford Mustangs are available in coupe or convertible configuration. The convertible model has a powered top, which allows you to lower or raise the top with the touch of a button. It's not necessary to get out of your driver's seat--the top is operated from inside the cabin. Letting the top down is the same on all fifth-generation Ford Mustangs (2005 to 2010). If you have an older Ford Mustang, the procedure is similar; see the Tips section.
Move the gearshift selector to "Park." Make sure the engine is running. If it's not, crank it.
Push the convertible latches down, and then rotate the latches outward. These latches are located on the windshield header, near the visors.
Lower the side windows and rear-quarter windows, using your driver-master switch.
Locate the convertible-top switch on the overhead console, above the rear-view mirror. The switch has "Up" and "Down" arrows. Press and hold the "Down" arrow to lower the top. Release the button when the top is completely stored.
- The convertible top will operate when the Mustang is not in park, but this is not recommended, unless it's an emergency. The top will operate at speeds up to three-miles per hour.
- The procedure is similar in the fourth-generation Mustang (1994 to 2004), except the parking brake must be set. Also, the convertible-top switch is located on the center console, not on the overhead console.
Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.