Gary Medcalf had a roof lift cylinder fail, leak at bottom of cylinder.
As a result of his Dealer saying "NO longer available" we scrambled to see what was doable.
The following will be our Best Option, in my opinion.
I sent email to Top Hydraulics, Inc.
Here is what I got back from my email to:
Top Hydraulics, Inc.
90730 Southview Lane
Florence, OR 97439
(541) 902 3214
Top Hydraulics | Rebuilt and Upgraded Convertible Top Cylinders, Pumps, Hydraulic Lines - Top Hydraulics, Inc
Good to hear from you again. I am very impressed by the way you support forum and chapter members - you are a blessing for the SSR community!
We rebuild SSR hydraulic cylinders literally on a daily basis. It is quite normal for these cylinders to fail at this age. In warm climates, the life expectancy of the hydraulic cylinder seals can be even less than ten years. The first ones to fail are the left or right "Roof hydraulic cylinder", also known as main lift cylinders. They will normally start leaking on the bottom, where the mounting pin goes through the cylinder.
Do your chapter member a favor, and recommend having at least left side and right side cylinder upgraded by us at the same time. They have identical seals, and those seals fail practically at the same time. Once the system has full pressure again, it is almost certain that the matching cylinder on the other side will fail instantly, within days, or latest within weeks.
Unfortunately, these two cylinders involve by far the most work to remove from the car.
The cylinders need to be removed from the car and sent to us for rebuild/upgrade service - we do not stock them. Average turn around is currently one day. See Rebuild/Upgrade Service for Chevy SSR Convertible Hydraulic Components - Top Hydraulics, Inc. Ultimately, we end up replacing and upgrading seven seals per cylinder. I expect our seals to last about three times as long as the originals, under similar circumstances. $150 per cylinder (or $900 for all eight cylinders) plus $10 shipping per order.
NOTE: Gary's roof cylinder DID start leaking at the bottom near mounting pin, just like Klaus said.
I email Klaus back and informed him the R in question was at the Dealer w/extended warranty.
I suppose the dealer will replace only one cylinder at a time, and they will cringe at the extra time it takes to send in the cylinder, but we are their only option. Most dealers are quite happy to find us... :-)
I am surprised there is not more talk on the forum yet about failed hydraulic cylinders, since we are rebuilding a lot of them. We are probably dealing with the tip of the iceberg right now, and there will be a lot more chatter soon with Chevy being out of stock and these cylinders not being manufactured any more. I hope that Gary will report about his experience on the forum, and I hope that ultimately a hands-on forum member might work with us in creating step-by-step cylinder replacement DIYs.
Gary Medcalf aka GLMSSR04 is negotiating with the Dealer on repairing BOTH cylinders in his Roof Compartment.
This means, the roof cylinders are repairable. To me, that is good News.
Gary's Dealer has removed and is sending BOTH hyd cylinders to be updated and repaired.