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1996 BMW E36 Convertible to stopped working.

Nothing happens when I press the button to open the roof. I checked the main fuse box and then manually opened the roof, re-engaged the motors and initialized the top which then shut but still won't open again. Could there be a micro switch problem?

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  • steve651 Jun 25, 2009

    There are about 6 different micro switches. I don't know where to start!

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We found a flat lever under back seat well we pulled it forward an we heard a click an then when we tried to raise the top it would not go up we actualy had to manually raise it did that lever disengage the electric raise on my top

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Change switch first checking all contacts(wires to clips)

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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    Mark Hamlin Jun 25, 2009

    Try switching them around to get a diferent function. It will be trial and error. It helps to get a couple extras from junk yard and replace one at a time.

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