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Old 01-18-2005, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have owned my E36 for bout a year now, and when i bought it the manual sunroof did'nt work. I've just decided to have a look now that the winter's here Heres the prob..
Crank would turn but roof wouldn't move, so I started dismantling and found that the ROOF TRANSMISSION had both cog's missing (yes cog's, 2 of. only thought they had one?), so it could not engage with the mounting plate to turn the cables and move the roof.
I had a look at a site which is similar to bmws Etk, and the only roof transmission i could find for my 316i searching with my VIN was PART NUMBER 54128144037 which looks only to have one cog, and looks totaly different to what I have. The part which looks like the one I have is off a old e21 (part number 54121857958). The question I'm asking realy is have any of you had to play with your roof? If so does my description sound right for an e36 roof? If not should I buy the e21 part?


P.S Have mangaged to turn one slot for a cog but it only moves one side of the roof. Guesing the other moves the other side. And sorry for long post, is me first and didnt realy know what to say. Thanks
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hmmmm tough call, can you call your local dealer to find out what they know about it? maybe there is another part that is not listed, or maybe its the same part for the partnumber, the etk can be sort of vauge sometimes. personally id call and ask their service department for guidence.
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Think I'll have too if nobady has any idea's. I was gonna fit a motor while it was in bits and make it a power roof, but the bit that puzzles me is all the e36 roof motors i've seen have had one cog, where as it looks as if mine would need 2?
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the problem , well at least mine is, that i havent seen a crank operated sunroof on an e36 so i cant be certain.
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