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Old 10-11-2018, 09:41 AM
Lane8seandurham Lane8seandurham is offline
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I need help getting my convertible top down! Or fixed

I recently bought a 1999 M3 convertible. I can't get the top to go down no matter what I do. When I push the electronic button to put it down all I use to hear was thumping coming from the trunk. Now it doesn't make any noise at all.(I checked fuse beside battery and it is fine) also I have tried to put the top down manually and even that doesn't work! On the overhead by the windshield there is an Allen bolt you are supposed to loosen until it releases. Well mine is stripped out... but I did use a bigger size and tap it in there and thought I was going to get it to work. Unfortunately I loosened for a while and eventually it got harder and harder until it somewhat spring loaded and spun back around the other way. I don't know what to do to get the top down or where to start on what to replace. PLEASE HELP. (I really need to get the top down so I can put a new back window in. I have issues with rain getting in there because there is no back window in the car, but you have to relieve tension on the top to get the window in)
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