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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 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 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 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 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 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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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 13
TENSION BAR RAISED
At the same time the windows are lowering, the top drive motor is switched on and the ten-
sion bar is raised to a vertical position.  The drive lever of the t

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual RE-CONNECTING DRIVE MOTORS
Due to the interlock of the trunk lid an unlocked top storage cover, the following procedure
must be followed to reconnect the top drive motors, to restore electrical operat

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Z3 ELECTRO HYDRAULIC TOP COMPONENTS
The system components include:
•Electric  motor/pump  with  reservoir
and relays,
•Hydraulic tubing, 
•Hydraulic cylinder with piston,  
•“Off tension”