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How do you manually close the fully auto top on a 1996 328i bmw?

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SOURCE: 2000 BMW Z3 convertible top stopped moving with motor

I just had the same problem. There is a hydraulic fluid reservoir in the trunk on the left wheel well. It should be filled to the little dot inside a circle on the tank. If not, turn the T-handle on the motor, just above the reservoir, counterclockwise. Unscrew the plug with an allen wrench and fill to appropriate level with hydraulic fluid. Replace cap and then turn T-handle clockwise and secure tightly. If tank was completely empty, it will take a few lifts back and forth of the top with button to build up good pressure. Thank goodness it is a cheap and easy fix. Its kind of difficult to get the fluid in the little hole though. I used a small turkey baster.

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How do I opened a fully automatic convertible top manually on a 1997 328i bmw


Most have a seperate crank to open and close top in case of an emergency ....If you have checked all fuses,relays,..etc..and know motor is broken you can remove the drive from the motor and raise it manually by hand with an assistant on the other side..

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indicating a micro switch failure or that the top clamps are not fully closed. make sure the rear handle under the seat is fully retracted

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I just recently purchased a 1997 BMW 328i. I found a red strap protruding from the underside of the rear seat and pulled it. After some research, I realized it's the release arm for two cables that...


There are 2 motors that have to be put back in place one for the top & one for the top cover... If you have reconnected both & still have problems you can resynchronize the top by rolling down all windows, hold the top button in the close position before turning the key, turn the key on and wait for the windows to close & the red light to stop flashing.

If this doesn't work pull the release arm, manually lower the top, (to get into trunk the passenger side of the top cover needs weight on it to engage micro-switch to release trunk lock)

reconnect motors, hold the top button in the close position before turning the key, turn the key on and wait for the windows to close & the red light to stop flashing.

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How do you reset the motor and anything else?I manually disengaged the top on a 1997 BMW 328I convertible


Happens alot. If you or someone pulls the interesting red strap under the rear seat, you have to do a reset. You have a small shot at just re-engaging the motors but will probably have to do a full reset. Take the back seat out and push lever back into the correct position. If you have a semi auto top (have to manually unlock top where it meets the windshield), lift the top back until you can pull up the back of the top to access tonnau cover. If it is a fully auto top, you have to pull out the cover at the very front of the headliner to access manual crank port. There should be a small allen wrench in the trunk tool box. You have to crank and crank and crank until the top is slightly open. You can then lift the back of the top to access tonneau cover. Both top types are the same from here on. Lift up on the tonneau cover and stow the top. Have a friend (or a heavy tool box) push down on the front part of the cover on the passenger side. You will hear a click. This will allow you to open the trunk. There are two motors located in the driver side rear quarter panel. You have to take out the covers hiding them. One motor is sort of in a horizontal placement under the pan where the top is stowed. Push up on this to re-engage. Other motor is in a vertivle orientation and at the driver side rear quater panel. You have to sort of grab the motor with both hands and pull it back into engangement with a gripping motion. Close the trunk. Push the switch to close the top (forward) and hold it down. Insert the key and turn it two clicks (accessory). After about 10 - 15 seconds you will hear the tonneau cover close and then open and the top closes. Let it cycle through and you are done. Hope that helps!

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I can't get my convertible top to go up or down, it is stuck half way. Is there a manual release for it?


The convertible top motor and release lever are in the luggage compartment.
From the Bentley manual, the following general procedure is suggested in order to close the top in an emergency situation.
Main motor. To release the top linkage from the motor, lift the left corner of the rear seat to access emergency release handle.
It is then possible to push the top manually to a near closed position. In case of the semi-automatic top, simply attach and lock the front latches.
Front latches. Once the fully automatic convertible top has been released from the motor and manually pushed to near-closure, emergency latching of the top is possible by using the S-shaped hex key provided in the emergency tool kit(attached to the trunk lid underside).
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