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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:59 AM
Aouate3 Aouate3 is offline
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Mein Auto: '97 328i CV E36
97 BMW 328i fully automatic convertible top malfunction

I recently purchased a 328i and after fixing the cooling system I started work on the convertible top. Well at first I wanted to see if it worked. It went down, although needed a bit of help because the top was hitting the cover. Once down, the top wouldn't go all the way back up, just 1/3rd of the way. I didn't even hear the motors attempting to run. So I pulled the release lever and manually closed it using the Allen wrench

What do I do to get this working? I know I need to open the top again and re-engage the motors.

I have already re-engaged the motors and all I'm getting is the flashing light, so that's why I'm thinking I have to open it first

Guidance please?

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Old 08-17-2014, 12:04 PM
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If you go to the "Origami problems...." sticky you can download a trouble shooting guide for the top. It will also have the instructions for resyncing the motors which is mandatory any time you use the release.
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