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Old 03-12-2008, 06:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation 1997 328i top convertible top problem

AS i was saying ive got a 97 328i. the top does not move by itself at all. The little red light is flashing at the button for the top. I can manually power up all my motors. They are all fine. I seen some where on here in my searches. someone had a file they could send on diagnosing the top. Can any one help me with this. Thanks
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i dont have a file , but are you sure that your roof is fully automatic? there are semi automatic roofs avalible for you model. ive checked on realoem and they show both a semi and fully auto roof.

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It is a fully automatic
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check that the motor wasnt emergency disengaged with the lever. you do this by checking in the trunk on the drivers side behind the carpet the motor not be in the operation position. if not push it up into position until it clicks and you should be good to go.
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check the motor in the trunk it may have been disengaged
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i have a 95 325i convertible with a semi-auto top... the motor not engaged was the problem and was easily fixed...

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in youtube.co.uk type in e36 convertible problems and an american guy has actually done a very impressive demonstration on re-syncing the motors and switches, its an invaluable video!>
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