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My bmw z3 convertible top won't open

When I push the button to open the top to my z3 it doesn't work, I have the car in neutral, foot on the break, the emergency brake is on and it still won't open when I push the button, the motor doesn't even power up.
Could this be the switch, motor or something to do with the break peddle.
thanks Adam

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Your need to have the motor and that circuit check and the modules on the vehicle the operate those functions

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