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Old 02-03-2013, 09:41 PM
Kevin Halbleib Kevin Halbleib is offline
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740il sunroof will not open

I have a 1995 740il with a Sunroof that will start to open and then stop.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:55 AM
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Try initializing it. Press the sunroof button up and hold it there. It will move to a position and pause-keeping pressing the button during this pause and it will set off again. Just keep that button pressed until it stops a second time - IIRC that will be in the closed position. It should now operate normally.

If this doesn't work, repeat, but press/hold the butoon towards the rear of the car. Both methods can work
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:42 AM
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Ditto chrisn7...if there's no broken mechanisms in the rails/tracks...then try reinitializing the roof panel...see the directions in the far right column under "power loss or malfunction":


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Old 02-04-2013, 10:19 AM
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I will try.

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:51 PM
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Tried to reset. No change. Cannot figure out how to manually do it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:50 AM
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You could have debris caught up in the cables. It happened to me - some idiot with a loosing Lotto ticket. Needed the stealer to get it out.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:55 AM
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How do I get to these cables?
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:14 PM
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You can manually open the sunroof using the "Z" shaped tool in your trunks tool kit. Remove the sunroof access panel, and the tool's hex-shape slides into a matching hex opening in the sunroof's motor. See #11 (the tool) and #6 (the sunroof motor) in the diagram below:


Click this link for more sunroof diagrams: http://bmwmobiletradition-onlinecom....30&hg=54&fg=05




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91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:05 PM
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I will give it a try.

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:28 PM
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I'd use the stealer - they break it - their problem. (ok mine was under warranty at that time)
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:11 AM
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IT worked. Went back and forth back and forth, got easier everytime.

Now the electronics are working.

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