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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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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

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How do I opened a fully automatic convertible top manually on a 1997 328i bmw

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Assuming you have a 1996 328i convertible based on your photo as there were no US 96 328is.
It is located at the left front end of the the engine cylinder head under the plastic cover behind the VANOS solenoid next to the top of the oil filter housing. In addition to the new sensor, you will need new metal o-rings for the VANOS line, a new rubber o-ring for the camshaft sensor and perhaps a new socket head cap screw if you round out the internal hex trying to loosen this Loctited screw.
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Electric convertible top does not completely retract on 1997 328i

check hydraulic fluid level in the hydralic motor pump behind left side trim panel in the trunk.look on side or end of the motor pump assembly.look for screw type check plug. first place rags under the check plug to catch fluid spill unscrew the check plug fluid level should be 1/4 inch bottom of check plug hole if low you need add correct level fluid. then screw in check plug back in bleed air out hydralic system you need helper to hold switch while you raise and lower the top slowly by hand raise and lower top several times to remove air out hydralic system. see if your convertible top will open and close all the way.

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How do u take the door panel off on a 1995 Honda civic

    • Check the power window fuse. Remove the kick panel located under the steering column to expose the fuse panel. Use the illustration on the kick panel to locate the power window fuse, remove it and inspect the filament. Replace if the filament is broken.
    • 2Open the hood and use a wrench to loosen the negative battery terminal. Remove the negative battery terminal and set it aside.
    • 3.
      Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the speaker cover and speaker on the appropriate door. It is not necessary to remove the speaker from its wires.
    • 4Unscrew the armrest with a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the armrest.
    • 5Locate the door trim panel running along top of the interior of the door; where the door meets the bottom of the window. Use your Phillips head screwdriver to remove the retaining screws of the door trim panel. Grip the panel firmly and remove it by pulling upward.
    • 6Remove the door panel with your hands. The outer border of the door panel is connected with a series of plastic slips. Carefully unseat the clips to remove the door panel. Work the speaker through the speaker hole in the door panel.
    • 7Locate the window bracket. It is a combination of metal arms holding the window glass in place. The arms form an 'X' shape with the upper right arm attached to the power window motor.
    • 8Use your hand to disconnect the power window motor relay. Make sure there are no breaks in the wires and the fuses inside the relay are intact. If the relay is broken or does not connect properly with the power window motor it must be replaced.
    • 9Inspect the swing bolts on the window mounting bracket. There should be a visible amount of grease to lubricate the joints. If the swing bolt joints are dry they may be stuck. Use all-purpose automotive grease to lubricate the locked swing bolt joints.
    • 10Hold the glass in place and use the approapriate socket wrench to remove the regulator. The regulator is the metal arm holding the bottom of the window glass in place. It is attached to the bottom-most 'X' shaped arms. Remove the regulator.
    • 11Use a pencil to mark the location of the gear on the power window motor. Remove the power window motor mounting bolts and remove the motor from the door. Inspect the gear on the motor for grease and lubricate if necessary. If the motor does not work after greasing it must be replaced.
    • 12Replace door panel, door panel trim, armrest, speaker and speaker cover. Replace the negative battery terminal and lower the hood.

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I have a tundra 06 an it does a cliking sound .it comes from the motor. i check everything around the motor and nothing is loose i wonder if there is something loose inside.

The problem is probably a loose rocker arm or a broken rod. You can easily access the rocker arms by taking top cover off the engine. It should be 6 or 8 bolts and looks like an upside down bread loaf pan. There will be a little bit of oil (assuming the engine is off) but it shouldn't be too messy. There will be a number of rockers which are levers with springs on one side. One bolt should hold down each rocker, just make sure that none of them are loose. Since it is a "V" engine (V6 or V8) there will be two of these covers, half of the rockers under each one.

If all of the rockers are tight (don't crank them down excessively just check to see if one is very loose). then it might be a broken rod. To remove the rod you need to remove the rocker arms one at a time and pull out the rod with a special tool that you can probably get from your local parts store. When you find it they can also sell you a replacement rod.

If you want to narrow it down you can turn the engine on with one sides cover off (but hold a paper towel over the rockers or you will get sprayed with oil) and listen to see if you can hear which one is broken.

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intake manifold bolts 11-15 ft lbs.

exhaust manifold bolts 22-30 ft lbs.

valve cover bolts 79-81 in lbs.

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I just recently purchased a 1997 BMW 328i. I found a red strap protruding from the underside of the rear seat and pulled it. After some research, I realized it's the release arm for two cables that...

There are 2 motors that have to be put back in place one for the top & one for the top cover... If you have reconnected both & still have problems you can resynchronize the top by rolling down all windows, hold the top button in the close position before turning the key, turn the key on and wait for the windows to close & the red light to stop flashing.

If this doesn't work pull the release arm, manually lower the top, (to get into trunk the passenger side of the top cover needs weight on it to engage micro-switch to release trunk lock)

reconnect motors, hold the top button in the close position before turning the key, turn the key on and wait for the windows to close & the red light to stop flashing.

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I have a 2001 Olds Aurora with a V6 3.5 and I need the timing diagram for this. I have looked everywhere and can not find a book with it in it. Would you happen to have this??

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To install:

  1. Rotate the crankshaft so the No. 1 piston is at TDC and the mark on the crankshaft is at the 4 o-clock position.
  2. Rotate the balance shaft so the timing mark is at the 5 o-clock position.
    NOTE Be sure the painted links are facing the front of the engine.
  3. Install the timing chain on the sprockets.
  4. Center the mark on the left intake camshaft sprocket between the 2 painted links.
  5. Lift the chain onto the right intake camshaft sprocket. While doing this, align the marks on the balance shaft and crankshaft sprockets with the painted marks on the chain.
  6. Verify that all of the timing marks are aligned.
  7. Install the primary chain tensioner shoe. Torque the bolt to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  8. Compress the primary chain tensioner using the following steps:
    1. Rotate the ratchet release lever counterclockwise and hold it.
    2. Press the tensioner shoe in and hold it.
    3. Release the ratchet lever and slowly release the pressure on the shoe.
    4. Insert a pin through the hole in the lever as the lever moves to the first click. The ratchet should hold the shoe in the compressed position.
      NOTE Be sure the lever on the tensioner is facing you when installed.

  9. Install or connect the following:

    Primary chain tensioner. Torque the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm); then remove the chain tensioner pin. 4 chain guide access plugs. Torque the plugs to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm). Front engine lift bracket. Torque the hex head bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) and the internal drive bolt to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). CMP sensor. Torque the bolts to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
  10. Remove the camshaft holding tools.
  11. Place a small bead of RTV sealant on the 3 areas indicated in the diagram.
  12. Install or connect the following:

    Front cover with a new gasket. Torque the bolts to 124 inch lbs. (14 Nm) and the coolant drain plug to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Crankshaft balancer. Torque the bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm); then an additional 120 degree turn.
  13. Raise the engine cradle and install new bolts. Torque the bolts to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm).
  14. Coat the sub-frame bushings with rubber lubricant.
  15. Install or connect the following:

    Water pump with a new gasket. Torque the bolts to 124 inch lbs. (14 Nm). Belt tensioner. Torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Idler pulley. Torque the bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Power steering pump pulley Drive belt Underhood accessory wiring junction block Washer and coolant reservoirs Battery and tray Front diagonal brace Rocker arm covers. Torque the bolts to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm). Negative battery cable
  16. Refill the cooling system.
  17. Refill the crankcase.
  18. Start the engine and verify no leaks.
Secondary Chain
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Remove the rocker arm cover and install camshaft holding fixture J-42038.
  4. Remove the camshaft sprocket bolts and install the timing chain holding fixture J-42042 on the cylinder head.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Sprockets and chain Secondary timing sprocket and chain
To install:


Fig. Correct sprocket alignment for the left secondary timing chain-3.5L engine


Fig. Correct sprocket alignment for the right secondary timing chain-3.5L engine

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Secondary timing chain on the sprockets, with the drive pins at the 12 o-clock positions Sprockets and chain assembly onto the camshafts, with the chain properly aligned on the tensioner
  2. Remove the timing chain holding fixture
  3. Install the sprocket bolts. Torque the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm); then an additional 45 degree turn.
  4. Remove the camshaft holding fixture.
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Rocker arm cover Negative battery cable

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How to change backrest seat gear that is inside the seat motor to 1996 bmw 328i convertible?

Go to the website. They sell the plastic gear for $40 and they post excellent instructions for how to replace it.
You need to remove the seat from the car. It is rather heavy and awkward. Put old socks over the ends of the seat rails that bolt to the floor because the tips of those rails are razor sharp and will cut your interior, your exterior, and you if you don't cover them
Be careful not to over-tighten the screws that hold the cover on the gearbox. Those screws are not very strong so they are easy to twist off.

Feb 18, 2011 | 1997 BMW 328

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Rightside, rear window motor failed. or the mechanical part perhaps. what i want to know is how to get to that part of the car. The driver seat behind the panel. Thank you wery much! Patrik

Long job and not for the faint of heart.

Open roof to rear.

Pull up on rear seat bottom and remove it.

Remove center panel.

Remove three Allen head bolts down behind seat cushion back.

Lift off head rests...pull up.

Raise top just enough to make side flaps flip up.

Remove nut at top rear corner.

Remove Nylon/plastic push lock rivet where seat belt goes through panel... top corner.

Pull panel off mounting pins...will sound like your breaking it !

Lift panel to access seat belt bolt and unplug Flip-Up panel motor.

Remove cable from it's clip.

Remove loom thro' panel.

Pull seat belt thro panel.

Set panel to one side.

Remove Torxs bolts around black plastic panel for speaker.

Unplug speaker.

Pull loom thro' hole.

Remove two Allen and 5 hex bolts where window would come out. if it worked.

Pull up plate and remove rubber seal to one side and then remove plate. remove two nuts at bottom of regulator and one half way up towards front.

Lift regulator and window glass up thro' top to gain access to three nuts holding glass tho regulator.

Lift out window and then regulator....little maneuvering and levering required.

FYI....Take digital pictures as you remove stuff for later reference.

New regulator and glass is around $600.00 from dealership and only the dealership.

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