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Old 01-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1998 E36 Convertible Top Lock Motor Gear Help!

I have a 1998 328i convertible with the fully automatic top. The top lock motor (the one located in the bow of the top that locks the top to the windshield) is working but the top is not moving. I pulled it apart and there is a plastic gear in there that has basically disintegrated. Does anyone know where I can find just that gear? I really hate to buy the whole motor just to replace the plastic gear! Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 05-17-2012, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Fully Automatic E36 Top Lock Motor

Did you even find an answer to this?

I have had to use an electric drill with a small hex bit to manually raise and lower it until I can figure out the problems with my top.
Now it stops at one point and just makes a ratcheting noise, which I suspect is a stripped gear.

I haven't disassembled it yet.

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Bob,

Just saw your question. No never found a solution. I bought a second hand motor and used that gear.

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