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This document will guide how to reset the convertable top on BMW E36, E36 Automatic Electro Mechanical Convertible Tops. Features. Components - Control Module - Top Switch - Motors - Top Drive Linkage/Thrust Rods - Top Cover Latches/Drive Linkage - Micro Switches - Components Review • Operation • EM Top Emergency Operation • Re-connecting the drive motors • EM Top Initialization • Control Module Diagnosis/Troubleshooting • Convertible Top Storage Lid Position Hall Sensor Tests • E36 Convertible Top Adjustments (Repair Manual excerpts) • E36 Convertible Specific Service Information Bulletin Reference. Overview • Components • Operation • Adjustments • Z3 Convertible Specific Service Information Bulletin Reference. E36 - 318i, 323i, 325i and 328i: The top design consists of two pivoting sections; the tension bow at the rear and the foldable top section with multiple bows. When lowered, the top is stowed in a storage well behind the rear seat. The well is covered by a hinged convertible top cover. The E36 base convertible top is manually operated. The higher line top is an Electro Mechanical variant that has evolved through two versions: After the windows have been lowered slightly, the top is released from windshield frame. The Automatic EM convertible top was introduced as a “Semi” Automatic in the 1994 model year. The top was upgraded to a fully automatic top in 1997. Except for a few additional components and an additional function on the fully automatic version, both systems function the same. For this reason the systems are described simultaneously and highlighted as required where differences occur. The switch of the fully automatic system contains an LED that flashes when the top is not fully closed and locked to the windshield frame. Top drive motor (A) with gear assembly and position micro switches (S1 & S2). The top drive motor is located under the top storage compartment on the left side of the trunk.
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