1997 bmw 328 convertible top deck lid strut replacement
Is there a trick to replacing the 2 struts on the convert deck lid? i cannot see how to remove and replace these. do i need to remove the trunk lid so that i can have the roof partially out? do you know of another web site with photos/cartoons of the repair?
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If the trunk of your convertable is not openig nit is probably because the convertable roof lid is not closing properly, To check this simply press on the roof lid while someone then try's to open the trunk.
If your top is electric then you will need to release the front cowl motors at the center point of the trim in front of the rear view mirror(small access plug needs to be removed and allen key inserted to drive unit.) You also need to pull the release handle under the back seat bottom(driver's side) The release handle detaches the drive units for the storage lid cover and the convertible top drive. Once the motors are released, the front of the top must be lifted approximately 6 inches and the pressure against the rear of the top will relax. raise the rear bow, open the storage lid, lower the rear bow and push the front of the top up and toward the back of the car. The top should fold into the storage area. Once in, close the storage lid until it clicks.
YOU NEED TO REMOVE THE STRUT COMPLETELY USING COIL CLAMPS CLAMP THE SPRING AND REMOVE TOP PLATE UNDOO THE LARGE NUT ON THE STRUT ITSELF THEN PULL OUT THE INTERNAL SHOCK REPEAT THE PROCESS IN REVERSE FOR ASSEMBLEY
hello, it sounds like the tension straps for the top are stretched. when the straps get like that, they allow collision between the storage lid and the rear bow. I would recommend having the straps inspected to see if they can be pulled tighter, or if they need to be replaced.
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.