1995 BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE Convertible Tops Manual

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual CONVERTIBLE TOPS
Convertible Tops - 1
Subject Page
E36 Convertible Tops 
Overview .................................................................................................. 2
E36 Automatic Ele

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 2
E36 CONVERTIBLE TOP
OVERVIEW
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 multi

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 3
The  E36  base  convertible  top  is  manually  operated.    The  higher  line  top  is  an  Electro
Mechanical  variant that has evolved through two versions:
•Semi Automatic

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 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 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 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 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 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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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 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 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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