I own a 2003 A4, and my top is not working...it was opening and all of the sudden stoped...it wont open or closed, the light for the top keeps blinking but I dont know what to do, I disconnected the battery hopind the this would reset the top but it didnt work...could you please help me with this problem, I dont know what else to do, and I cant drive the car to a mechanic because the top is half way up...I dont know if there is a sensor ...thanks
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Turn on the radio so the battery is engaged, or turn on the engine.
Fold down the cargo partition in
the trunk and lock it on both sides. If the cargo partition is not
down, there will be no place in the trunk to store the convertible top.
Press the convertible button
forward to open the top. It's located under the circular control button
on the consul. The button has a picture of a window with one arrow
pointing up and another pointing down.
Pull the convertible button backward to close the top.
Use your key to open or close
the top when you are outside of the BMW but still close to it. Press and
hold the arrow button on top of your key to open the top. To close the
top, press and hold the Lock button. The car does not need to be
turned on to operate the top with the key.
Before anything you have to make sure the lever in the trunck is in the correct position. Assuming it is...
...does the top start to open or it doens't even move? Does the hatch where the top goes into start to open? If so, stop the top after you see that the hatch has completely opened, then manually push that piece down. Be carefull not to get stuck and make sure nobody is operating the top while you're attempting this so you don't get your arm stuck there for any reason.
You could also try to access it from the truck and pull it down manually. I may just snap back into place and the problem will go away. On my car, one of the sides was stuck UP and the other was working. Once it snapped back into place it works every time.
No doubt your soft top issue has long been resolved but just in case someone has a similar issue:
I started to open my A4 Soft top externally using the door key method and like an idiot I must have disengaged the key before the soft top was fully down. I was unable to activate the opening or closing of the soft top automatically using either the key or soft top switch inside. I then manually closed the soft top using the users handbook and manual tool supplied. Soft top would still Not open automatically and the soft top alarm would activate. I solved the issue by manually opening the soft top fully and then manually closing the soft top fully. This seemed to have reset whatever had gone askew.
I have had this problem with my 2005 S4 Cab - sometimes the top will not latch. I have found that this was because the fabric near the rear passenger window was not folding into place over the steel structure. I just back up the top and made sure the fabric unfolded and all was well.
After reviewing the feedback on these postings I identified the problem them took it to my local car stereo shop. I showed them how by raising and lowering the trunk the signal went in and out. They fixed it for $60 by splicing in some new coax cable. It works great.
It happened to mine as well. When I took it to the dealership, they explained that if the top is interrupted while opening or closing (sometimes unintentionally our finger may slip off and stop the process for a brief time) the top can get out of synch and needs to be reset. They did some type of fuse reset and then it worked fine.