I just bought a used 2004 SSR and keep getting a Roof timed out warning when I go to put the roof down. I got the cover opened and saw what I thought was water laying in the bottom of the roof well. It turned out to be a light oil. I also saw a reservoir that seemed to be very low on fluid. Would this be for the roof cylinders and if so what type of oil is it? With it being low I can't check for leaks till I can fill it. Has anyone else run into this?
Biker24, yes, quite a few have experienced the hydraulic cylinder leak issue that you describe. First order of business, determine the source of the leak:
1. If you're lucky, you only have a leak at the reservoir mount on the hydraulic pump. There will be a bunch of hydraulic fluid directly below the hydraulic pump in the forward center of the roof storage bay. If you see fluid here, get a mirror and a flashlight and try to see if the white plastic reservoir is fully seated against the pump motor. Put the mirror under the pump and use the flashlight to light up the underside of the reservoir. There should be no space, or gap, between the plastic reservoir and where it mates up to the pump housing. There is a "hose clamp" that holds the reservoir to the pump, sometimes that clamp loosens and allows the reservoir to leak.
If you see a gap, loosen the clamp, and press the reservoir completely against the pump, then tighten the clamp. The reservoir is designed to tilt at a bit of angle from the pump, so don't expect it to be horizontal to the floorboard when seated. The outboard end of the reservoir sits up higher than the inboard end. If you can't see the bottom of the reservoir with the mirror, you will likely need to remove the vinyl cover from the hydraulic pump. The cover is held on with a zip-tie, just cut the zip-tie and remove the cover. Be careful that you don't cut any hydraulic lines or electric wires when you do this.
If the area under the pump is dry ...
2. Check for indications of a fluid leak at the base of either main lift cylinder, they are located in the top storage bay directly behind the driver and passenger seat locations. You should see evidence of fluid at the bottom of one of these cylinders and that fluid would flow into the recess at the extreme left and right sides of the storage bay. At the rear of each of these recesses is a drain hole that allows the fluid to spill onto the ground (or your garage floor, or your wife's flower bed). If it has been a long while since all the fluid leaked out the fluid may have dried up, but you can probably find evidence of the leak. In 90% of the cases, it is either the left or right main lift cylinder that has developed a leak.
Here is a link to Dicktator's Library file that discusses hydraulic cylinder removal:
Hydraulic Cylinder Removal
There are a lot of SSR owner's who have experienced this issue and have the knowledge to assist you in effecting this repair yourself. Or you can try a dealership and risk overpaying for work that you can do yourself.
I'm sure you will get responses from many others ... this is a COMMON and correctable problem.