Yet Another Convertible Top Question...Getting it Down!
First of all I will apologize for yet another question on this popular topic...BUT I have read almost all the threads on it in this forum and another. Never seems to be a straight answer, to be honest, as others have asked this question as well. Hoping this thread will turn all that around.
My top won't go down on a 97 328ic fully automatic top.
-There are no lights on the switch...Not sure if there lies the problem.
-Can release top from front headliner area with allen wrench after much turning (for those reading this at a later date with similar issue it is done so by turning allen wrench as if you were tightening a screw...I point this out as it is human nature to turn it in a direction that would loosen a screw or remove it with the thought process that it would release top).
-Have disengaged motors via lever under rear drivers side seat.
-removed fuse #7 (not sure if this part matters but read about it when it was in down position).
-Windows lowered all the way.
My issue is that once I disengage from front I can't budge the boot or raise rear of top so that boot can be lifted. Is this a two person project? I wondered if I needed someone at front pushing back on top so that it releases something in back to release top from boot area.
My whole goal here is to get top down so that I can reset and realign motors so that roof may be functional again.
It is NOT a 2 person job. When you unlatch the front with the allen key do not quit turning until roof quits moving. The front edge of the roof goes up quite a ways before the rear of the roof can move. When you pull the release lever you should hear the motors disengage inside the trunk. Make sure the lever is pulled all the way out.
When I unlatched the front, it would only let me raise the roof back 12" or so before it refused to move anymore...Unless I was supposed to put some brut force into it, which I did not do...Is there some kind of releases under the roof lining?
I have to ask since I can't remember if you said previously. You have pulled the release lever under the left rear seat correct? It should have a red or orange tag and it pulls out until parallel with side of car. This releases the motors in the trunk which control the roof and lid.
All I can think of is the motors didn't release from the gear reductions in the trunk. To check go into the trunk and remove the liner on the driver's side. There should be a motor that controls the lid lifting and the latches and then under the rear lid on the left side should be the motor that controls the roof folding. Make sure both are tipped away from the gear case. There is a lever with cable attached, this it what the lever under seat is attached to, that releases the motor.
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