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MY 99 BMW 318 SERIES CONVERTIBLE ROOF WONT OPEN MOTORS ARE WORKING MIGHT BE THE RAILS ? HOW EASY TO FIX

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There is an inhibitor switch built into the boot lid if it is faulty or boot lid isnt closing properly roof wont fold up (or down)

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1997 convertible bmw318i top roof storage wont open? what sould I do? I only heat clicking when i pull the latch by the passenger side.


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My sunroof is stuck open on my bmw the electric is out i have checked fuse is there a manual way to close it?


There is no way or closing it manually sorry unless you have various BMW tools. The problem sounds like the electric motor went out on it. Its located right above where all your interior lights are. Pop the cover of for the lights and try tapping on the motor while your trying to close it with a small hammer lightly to see if you can get it close. Another thing that happens alot on the E 36 is that the plastic aliging pins on the rails will brake over time with use and than this will cause the sun roof to get stuck open or partially close. This will be the case if you ever heard a loud snap.

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1997 Convertible BMW 318i top roof storage wont open


Hi, I don`t know the car but sometimes when you can`t open a boot lid someone need to push the boot lid down ( this relase the pressure of the latch system)and the same time someone pull the handle. Hope that helps.

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1993 325i Power Convertible Top will not open


has to be rest and tested by bmw dealship something has caused the roof to stop possible the control unit failed, a faulty microswitch in roof or the straps in the roof have failed and thrown it out of timing, cauing it to shout down system.

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Convertable roof and trunk won't open


The Roof Mechanism works with two motors similiar to the ones that wund the windows. Now the two mechanism are located in the left side of the trunk. 

The trunk wont open Because of the roof lid that is not closed properly. How you can test this is to press down on the right sid of the roof lid and then try to opne the trunk.

Now the reason that this is happening is that the roof lid is not closing properly nad pressing on a small orange buttin located just below the right hand side roof lid catch. How you are going to remedy this problem is to adjust the cable tension to close more securely.

Now the two motors in the trunk that works the convertable roof can be engaged and disengaged on motor works the roof lid and the other one the roof.

You need to get these motors in sync so that they open and close the roof in the correct order.

That is if the electric are still working.

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