Walked out from the office and tried to open the top, no go. Opened the trunk, and found my tool bag had moved the 'convertible top compartment floor
' up a little bit. Moved the tool back out of the way and now the top opens.
Drove home with the top down. Shut the top, washed the car.
Then I tried to open the top. No go. Just had a orange light. No relay clicks, or other noises. The windows did not even move.
Cycled the 'floor
' up and down a couple of times but no dice. Ok, now lets find out whats up. Starting to get just a little bit worried due to all of the posts about bad electrical motors....
Checked all three fuses. They are good.
Unlocked the front of the top manually, hit the red release in the trunk and opened the top up. It opens very easy so it's not a binding problem or foreign debris problem in the mechanism.
Now to see what happens, I press the close button. Hey, the top closes normally. Ok, it's not the motor....
It has to be a microswitch. Ok, where is that 'convertible top compartment floor
Went looking in my BMW shop manual. Found it. But now it is getting too dark to work.
Problem has been fixed, temporarily.
It was the 'convertible top compartment floor
' switch. This switch is only used to LOWER the top. Not to raise it.
Removed the floor
panel and the switch. Before I removed the switch I actuated the switch and had my trusty helper (wife) press the 'down' button. Works like a charm.
Heres the switch assembly.
Another view showing the actual switch.
The back of the switch.
Heres the floor
panel out of the car. Notice the switch actuator nub on the bottom of the picture.
As you can see in this next picture how the floor
panel nub rides in the recess. But looking closer, you can see that in this instance the floor
tab cannot hit the switch. The actual switch is not adjustable on its mount.
The tab on the floor
panel does not appear to have any damage to it. Something is not right here.
My thoughts are that there is a removable tab that attaches to floor
panel tab that does the actual pushing of the switch. Or there is a piece of plactic that is attached to the switch housing that has broken off.
I looked all over the car and in my tool bag to see if I could find it. No dice. It's gone.
To make it work, I took a single strand out of a 12 gauge stranded wire, about 3/4" long and made a jumper. Put the jumper in the switch connector. I can now use the top normally.
I put the floor
panel back in the car but not the switch assembly.
I will have to go up to BMW tomorrow to see what piece really goes there.