Sounds like you don't use your top much. One thing I that I found out, you have to keep it cleaned and lubed, every hing, every pivot point, if something gets gummed up, and does not move smoothly your going have problems. My top is down more than it up. Once a month I lube all the hings. Droptop Diamond is correct, the top is electrically activate, and hydraulically actuate. All those (looking little bicycle brake cables) are hydraulic lines. But if you can't get the top to start to open, would start with the switch first, replaced mine twice now. Try wiggling the switch while depressed. Still don't like where they put that switch. Hope this helps.