1995 BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE window

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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 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 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 TOP ASSEMBLY LOWERED
The top motor turns clockwise immediately opening S1 & S2.  It pulls the top into the stor-
age compartment.  The tension bar drive linkage is mechanically released from the top d

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BMW 318I CONVERTIBLE 1995 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 16
RAISING THE TOP
The procedure for raising the top follows the same pattern as lowering.
Press and hold the top switch.
•The windows are automatically lowered.
•The top storag
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