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1987 E28 Sunroof Problems
I've had my '87 E28 for 10 years now and I've never had an issue with the sunroof, until now. All of a sudden two weeks ago, it wouldn't close. When I press the close button I can hear the motor running loudly, but nothing happens with the roof. It won't move. I had someone help me close it by hand while I pushed the Close button, but it won't even close all the way. I stops about an inch early. It won't seal shut. It's been partially open for a couple weeks now. When I press the open button, it will open a little bit, but it stops. Then I can close it back up, but stops again in the same place. Is it the motor? I can hear the motor running, so maybe it 's not the motor, but something else?? I looked at the motor when I press the close and open button, and I can see that gear turning, but the roof isn't moving. I went to a salvage yard today looking for a new motor, but could only find a 1990 535i, but not an '87. The 1990 one seemed a little different, but couldn't be sure. Are they the same? I left it because I didn't have the 3 star special Phillips head type screwdriver to loosen the bolts. My regular Phillips didn't work. Guess I need to buy one of those, whatever they are? Need a little help here. Is it the motor? Is it something else that's not catching further back on the roof itself? Not easy to get to. I can access the motor, but if it's something further back like a cable or something, I only seem to be able to access it from the top, and it won't open all the way without doing it manually. It's a real quandry here. A little help??
Last edited by Hypnotised; 07-09-2018 at 04:00 AM.
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