New 2016 Camaro Convertible is Here

The all-new 2016 Camaro Convertible (Fig. 1) is rolling into Chevrolet dealerships across the country. The convertible model is offered in the same trim levels and powertrain configurations as the Camaro coupe, including the new 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine (RPO LTG).

 

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. In addition, it introduces the most sophisticated convertible top in the segment, with fully automatic operation, hard tonneau cover, and the ability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph.

Fig. 1

 

Power Folding Top

 

The operation of the convertible top is fully automatic. Press the folding top switch and the control module latches and unlatches the convertible top while hydraulic power actuation provides the force to raise and lower the top.

 

Features of the 2016 Camaro Convertible include:

• The convertible top power switch, located on the overhead console, must be held active for the full range of motion. Cycle time is approximately 20 seconds.
• The hard tonneau cover (Fig. 2) automatically cycles with the convertible top.
• All windows lower automatically when operating the top.
• Seals on the top provide a clean appearance to the header.
• The convertible top can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
• The convertible top can be opened remotely using the key fob. Press and hold the convertible top button on the key fob to lower the top.

 

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. In addition, it introduces the most sophisticated convertible top in the segment, with fully automatic operation, hard tonneau cover, and the ability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph.

Fig. 2

 

The folding top control module determines folding top movement by controlling the activation and direction of the hydraulic pump’s electric motor and three solenoid valves based on inputs and vehicle status information it receives via low speed GMLAN. The folding top control module also contains an internal thermocouple, which it uses to measure the outside ambient temperature and take into account its effect on the hydraulic fluid. This internal thermocouple value is not accessible. The top will not operate in cold weather below 32° F (0° C).

 

Luggage Barrier Partition

 

Before operating the convertible top, the luggage barrier partition in the trunk (Fig. 3) must be in the fastened position with no objects forward of the partition and the trunk must be closed. The partition ensures there is an area for the folding top to retract into.

 

F03 Camaro Trunk

Fig. 3

 

The barrier contains a magnet and fits over the folding top luggage barrier sensor post. The folding top luggage barrier sensor is sensitive to the presence or absence of the magnetic field produced by this magnet. When the luggage barrier is deployed and properly seated in the retainer, the magnet is close enough to change the sensor’s output current into the 2 to 7ma range and the sensor is considered active.

 

The convertible top uses sensors to determine the proper stowage compartment lid position, top tension bow position, and top up/down position — all which provide signals to the control module whether the top is in the up or down position or fully retracted and in the stowed position.

 

If the top is left in a not fully closed or open state, the hydraulic pressure will be released after approximately two minutes and the top can be operated manually.

 

System Protection

 

Normal operation of the folding top system may be altered by one of the following events:

 

Obstacle Detection – If an excessive current draw is detected while the folding top motor is operating for a defined period of time, the folding top control module will turn off the folding top motor to prevent overheating or damage to the mechanical structure of the top.

 

Folding Top System Thermal Protection – The folding top control module has a thermal protection algorithm to protect the folding top pump motor from damage due to overheating conditions resulting from excessive motor actuation. After the thermal protection has been triggered any new power convertible top command in the open direction will be ignored until the motor is allowed to cool. A close request during an over temperature condition will be allowed.

 

Power Windows

 

All windows lower automatically when operating the convertible top. Operation of the windows using the power window switches on the driver’s door (Fig. 4) is based on whether the front or rear window indicator is activated. This switch operation is different than the previous generation Camaro.

 

Press the front (Fig. 4, A) or rear (Fig. 4, B) window button first to select the desired window, and then press the left (Fig. 4, C) or right (Fig. 4, D) window switch to open/close the window. All four windows cannot be closed at the same time.

 

TIP: Raise the rear windows before the front windows to help ensure proper convertible top sealing.

 

F04 camaro window switch copy

Fig. 4

 

TAC Action Center

 

A Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Action Center has been established to support the Camaro convertible. In the U.S., call the TAC Action Center regarding convertible-specific issues.

 

– Thanks to Ann Briedis

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