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Convertible top will not retrack

I had the trunk open and began putting the top down. the roof lid became wedged between the open trunk. I manually pulled them apart. So when I tried to put the top down again the bottom part of the convertible top became stuck on the trunk lid. now the trunk lid dosn't stand up all the way, like it use to. so i had to pull the lever under the backseat and use an allan wrench to close the top manually. Now the red light above the convertible switch flashes continously and nothing happens when you push the switch. A friend told me that I will have to take it to a dealer to have it reset? Note: i already adjusted the push arm for the top that is under the trunk lid. could this of affected the trunk lid not raising completely?   thanx, stan

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Hi Stan

First of all the roof is not even soppose to operate while the trunk is open - So there is the first problem Ive been involved with BMW's for a long time and this is the first Ive heard of a roof opening while the trunk is open. There is a built in feature that tells the car not to open the roof if the trunk is open and the other way roung while the roog lid is open the trunk cant open.

The reason the roof is not working anymore as soon as there is stress on the roof the electric motors(One operates the roof and the other operates the roof lid)  disengages, You said that the roof still worked but the lid did not so probably only the one motor disengaged. So what you have to do is open the trunk on the left hand side right behind the tail light pull away the material and simply just push the electric motor into place. that should fix your problem.

It may happen that the two motors have become out of sync, Disengage both electric motors manualy put the roof away engage the motors and that should put the roof and lid back into sync.

Beamerguy. 

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    Clifford Crerar Nov 24, 2008

    Ok so what exactly is happening the roof works for 4 -5 cycle's and then stops working? Because the roof lid is not opening?

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