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Trunk won't open

The trunk will not open, I checked the switch under convertible lid and that is working, but the button is not engaging when you push it. Can anyone help?
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Hello, I'm a 20 year old student with beamer troubles. My convertable top will not operate. I've followed all your instructions in your forum to no avail. After syncing the motors the top raised up half way then stopped. I tried the process again and the top did not move although the top storage lid motor was jammed into the housing and I had to manually knock it out to release to top cover. Can you help me. If this cost me any money please disregards as I have none to spare.. Thank You

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If you open the roof lid and look at the lid catch on button side all you have to do is adjust the cable tighter so that when the catch goes down it engages the button. You can do this by turning the nut on the adjuster. The adjuster is located just under the catch on the cable leadeing to the motors

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