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Manual reset for 325i convertable top

I had a problem trying to let down my convertable top, so I pulled the manual bar located under the back seat. Then I checked the cars manual and it stated if you do this you have to take it to a service center to have reset.

It's got to be something simple, can you advise?

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In the boot there's 2 motors 1 in the rear auteur and another under where the boot ends put the roof up and push the motors back into place you will hear a click as they go into place

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    Passenger rear quater and passenger side where the boot ends meaning right underneath where the roof goes but inside the boot just pull all the plastics back you will see the motor

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Disconnected battery on 1994 lexus gs300, which belonged to a dead family member, do not have the reset code. how do I get it?

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