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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual E36 AUTOMATIC ELECTRO MECHANICAL (EM)
CONVERTIBLE TOPS
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

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual FULL AUTO ONLY:
•A concealed top lock motor with twin (left/right) lock drive mechanisms on the forward
edge of the top for automatically locking and unlocking the top to the windshield frame.  
•

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual COMPONENTS
CONTROL MODULE:
•Located  behind  the  left  side  rear  seat  interior
quarter trim panel (1).
•All relays and operating electronics are installed
in the module.  The control module is

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 7
MOTORS:
•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

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual TOP DRIVE LINKAGE/THRUST RODS:
Located  in  the  top  storage  com-
partment  on  the  left  side  are  two
actuating rods, one for the tension
bow  and  the  other  for  the  top
frame.
The rods are

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 9
MICRO SWITCHES:
S1 - Identified as Convertible Top Position Microswitch in the ETM (Not Adjustable)
•Located on Top Motor (not adjustable)
•Open when top is fully up or fully

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 10
S5 - Identified as Trunk Lid Microswitch in the ETM (Not Adjustable)
•Located  on  Trunk  Lock.  Prevents  convertible
top operation when trunk is open.  
•S5 is also used on

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual OPERATION
The following prerequisites must be met for the top to function:
Trunk Lid Closed- Electrical interlock of the trunk and top. Due to the design of the top
storage  cover  and  trunk  lid,  d
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