Manually closing a roof that won't budge!

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Model: C3 Pluriel - with or without roof
Year: 2009 (09)
Engine Size: 1.4 (8v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 71000
Trim Level: Desire
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed


Yesterday I took a 2009 Pluriel in part-exchange against one of my works vans which we no longer need. I thought it would be perfect for my daughter to learn to drive in, who turned 17 a couple of weeks ago.

It was raining.... so didn't test the roof.... :o .... but I did notice the boot wouldn't open. I assumed it was probably a fuse. I then discovered online that the boot and roof would be related and saw a post which suggested I open and shut the roof, to make sure it's properly closed and the boot might work....

I opened the roof to 'first position' about 20cms open and then nothing. Wouldn't open further, wouldn't close. Just nothing. After searching on here I discovered a post about resetting the ECU tips-for-any-citroen-c3-f8/how-to-reset ... 3-t69.html but that did nothing.

I don't know where to even start trying to repair it, so will either let my daughter learn in it (it's in good condition) and not touch the roof.... or sell it as seen with the roof not working. But the MAJOR problem is it's sat on the drive with a bin bag over it, with a forecast of rain this afternoon!! I just need to know if there's a way to manually shut the roof.

Also - I understand the car was standing for a long time before I bought it and a new battery had been put on the day before. Don't know if this has any bearing.

Any help much appreciated !!!
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The roof is very mechanical and the mechanisms are often broken.

Plastic parts break, including the roof motor mounts, the hinges and interslides of the actual roof.

I would start with a full mechanical inspection to see if any of the parts are broken that is stopping the roof from closing.

There is no magic or secret to closing the roof of the Pluriel :(
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