Alfa Spider power top problem
Once the car is turned on, every few seconds the winder motor for the power top engages (with an audible clunk). Since the top is up and not being retracted, this does nothing and after about a second the motor disengages. It repeats this process continually.
Probably related to this, the top no longer functions -- the hood under which the top is stored when retracted will not open, undoubtedly because the winder motor is not detensioning the cables.
I'm capable of removing the motor (I've done it before), but I'm curious what could be causing this periodic motor firing. I've checked the obvious things (like making sure the switch on the side isn't being pressed by the seat).