306 Cabriolet

Collection of articles including fixit guides

Since 2003, a series of articles were freely published on the Peugeot Cabriolet Owners Club website providing technical guidance and other useful information.

These articles are then illegally reproduced and sold on eBay as a PDF guide. So, to help owners of 306 Cabriolets all over the world live with their chosen ride, this PDF is now published for free here - exactly how the original authors/contributors intended!

Thanks to all those who produced the original material for these articles (see www.pcoclub.org/articles for full details and additcional articles).


Please note that neither the author nor the Peugeot Cabriolet Owners Club can guarantee the accuracy or consequences of any article published within this document. Use of any information published in these pages is entirely at your own risk.


Replacing the fabric roof

Tools required

This is not an exhaustive list, but the following tools are a basic requirement:

Getting started

Unclip the front roof handles and push the roof up as you would to put the roof down. Push the roof button long enough for the rear of the roof to right back and the metal hood cover to come fully up. Once you have it in this position you should be able to manually move the hood cover (slowly so as to not cause any damage to the hydraulics system) either up or down with the roof still being up. This will be necessary so you can access the boot - a raised hood cover obstructs the opening of the boot.

Holding the roof cover up
Removing the passenger side panel

Next you will need to get access behind the rear passenger (left-hand) side panel, which also involves removing the rear seat base and back. This process is described HERE. Once you have done this, you will see the grommet holes which will allow access to ser clip bolts for later in the process.

Removing the rear passenger (left-hand) side panel
Disconnecting the hydraulic rams

Lower the hood cover and open the boot. To the right just under the driver's (right-hand) side rear light you will see the two core electrical connector you need to unplug. This connector will be replaced with the new roof. Free this cable and work it back to the access hole between the boot and roof housing.

Close the boot and open the roof cover. Unclip the plastic cable cover and pull the cable from the boot into the roof area.

On the driver's side, there are two hydraulic rams; push the clips off the larger of the two, and next remove the fixing bolt. The fixing bolt has to be freed from the inside - this is where taking off the inside panelling, as described earlier, allows you to do this via the grommet holes. It's a little tricky but it comes away. Now take the clip off the small hydraulic ram. You will see the fixing bolt is part of the roof.

Fixing bolt being part of the roof

Using an allen key, unscrew the part of the roof which holds the fixing bolt in place. You should now be able to pull this part of the roof away from the hydraulic ram.

You should now have the two hydraulic rams free as shown below.

Two hydraulics rams free from roof

Next, take the smaller hydraulic ram off its fixing on the roof using a 16mm socket. Unscrew from the roof's frame work and leave loose in the roof housing.

The passenger's (left-hand) side only has one hydraulic ram. Repeat the same as on the drivers side.

Now you should have all the hydraulics disconnected.

Removing the roof from the chassis

You should be able to see the frame work of the roof and the 17mm silver support bolts, two on each side which are at the bottom of the roof's frame. These need to be loosened off, but don't fully unscrew them as this isn't needed.
Note: mine were secured very tightly.

Lower silver support bolt

There is another bolt above, which is the main support bolt holding the roof to the chassis. This is a 16mm bolt and it identifiable by the gold bracket which is used to hold the internal plastics down which you took off earlier. See below.

Gold bracket under which is the main securing bolt

Now you should be able to remove the roof and install the new one. We found it is easier fitting the new roof when it was completely folded. Sit it in the roof compartment and bolt it in place, then put the roof back up to how you had it when you previously worked on it so you can get to the hydraulics. Put everything back as you took it out and hey-presto, you have a newly fitted roof. One thing I noticed was the new roof is very stiff - over time I'm sure it will loosen up making it easier to clip into place.


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