Ca­maro con­vert­ible top won’t open at chilly temps

Warn­ing comes up — and you aren’t al­lowed to over­ride it

The Province - - DRIVING - ALEX REID Driv­ing.ca

Chevro­let says its new Ca­maro con­vert­ible will not al­low the driver to lower the top at tem­per­a­tures be­low about 3 C.

The U.S. au­tomaker says this is be­cause the hy­draulic fluid used to power the top could be­come too thick, and over­work the pump, po­ten­tially caus­ing a fail­ure of the sys­tem.

When you try to put the top down, a large warn­ing comes up on the in­fo­tain­ment screen that reads “Tem­per­a­ture Too Low, Top Dis­abled.” There is a dis­miss but­ton, but it doesn’t al­low you to over­ride the warn­ing.

The re­stric­tion could also be in place to pro­tect the fab­ric top, be­cause when the tem­per­a­ture drops the cloth can be­come stiffer and even shrink. This means low­er­ing or rais­ing the top could cause it to rip at the seams or at any pres­sure points that touch the top frame.

It isn’t clear if the Ca­maro would also re­strict the use of the top if it was al­ready down in the first place.

By con­trast, the Ford Mus­tang con­vert­ible will let you put the top down in any weather you like, with no re­stric­tions.

—CHEVRO­LET

A Chevro­let Ca­maro con­vert­ible at tem­per­a­tures some­where above 3 C.

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