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1998 M3 contvertible top problem

I have a 1998 BMW M3 convertible. My convertible top was working but only to open half way and not fold all the way down. I used to be able to do the whole thing manually but now it won't even let me close it manually by cranking it. Do you have any ideas on how I can trouble shoot this?

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The convertible top:
  • is motor-driven.
  • requires parking brake engaged to complete circuit for operation.
  • is equipped with a back window glass (42006) . The back window glass is permanently attached to the folding top back window curtain (52500) and cannot be opened.
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VISUAL INSPECTION CHART Mechanical Electrical
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  • Damaged folding top hydraulic cylinders .
  • Damaged folding top motor upper and lower hose .
  • Damaged convertible top regulator.
  • Parking brake not engaged.
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  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .


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  • Damaged folding top switch.
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  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
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