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Old 08-28-2013, 06:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lid won't popup for convertible top of 1998 328CI

I just purchased a 1998 BMW 328CI yesterday and the convertible top does not go up automatically, so I am trying to do it manually. I pulled the lever under the rear seat, looked in the trunk on the driver's side to verify that the motors were released. The motor for the top was disengaged, and the lever was pulled down by the cable to release the motor for the lid but I can't really tell if it released anything.

How can you tell if the motor is really released for the lid? The two cables are really tight and the lid doesn't pop up.

I removed the two cables from the connections to motorized lever and pulled them manually and I hear clicking inside where the Lid is but nothing releases.

One of my questions is whether these cables release the lid when pulled or when the cables are supposed to be relaxed.

Any ideas?
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