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Convertible top Motor removal on BMW 328i Convertible

How do you get the convertible top motor out of a 1996 328i? The alan head bolt that holds the lever arm inside the boot will not turn. Does this arm need to come loose to replace motor and or gears? The motor runs fine but getting grinding noise when trying to retract top.

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  • markwgasser Nov 15, 2009

    It is the one on the left, more to the front of the trunk under the roof hold. When you dis-engage the roof lift motor and it swings down, you can see this gear. The gear is is quite worn. I have removed it off the spline and would like to find where I can buy just the gear and not the complete motor and gear housing.

    I have pictures of it I can send if you want.

  • Clifford  Crerar
    Clifford Crerar May 11, 2010

    Which Electric motor is it? 1. The 1 located behind the left tail light. 2. Or the 1 located more to the front of the trunk underneath the roof hold? REMEMBER: The motors can engage and disengage with the steel lever arms.

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The problem is that your roof(SOFT TOP) lid isnt closing properly. If you open the roof lid you see there is a button on one of the latches that tells the car that the roof is securely closed if your roof lid is not secure the trunk wont open. To test this press down on the roof lid and the try to open the trunk.

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the promblem is that when the top is raised that the wire to the lock motors is hhot on both sides so the motor doesn't no to open or close and the rear hatchwill not come down

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UPDATE: I thought I was posting regarding a 1998 E36. Not sure a 99 has the same fuse or interlock.

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dont quote me here but i think if you manually close the hood then it put the motors out of sync,and then new ones have to be fitted ?? think it depends on the year

Posted on Apr 08, 2010

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