Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Brian77 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:35 pm

As title says ,anyone done it?not sure if I have to sync motor to latches in some way?

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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Ducklakeview » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:18 pm

Why do you need to replaces them? They aren't actually cables, more like an inflexible steel rope coated with plastic btw.

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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Number5 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:25 pm

Ive replaced these on a roof before.. They can twist and chew the end sockets off.

The problem arises if the latching sensor is broken causing them to keep spinning even though the latch is fully engaged.. They are £70 each at BMW but I have a pair along with other most of the other front equipment on ebay.

Let me know if you struggle to source them and want mine or even want me to do it. You ideally have to peel the canvas back off the roof in order to access them from the top.
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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Ducklakeview » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:29 pm

Number5 wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:25 pm Ive replaced these on a roof before.. They can twist and chew the end sockets off.

The problem arises if the latching sensor is broken causing them to keep spinning even though the latch is fully engaged.. They are £70 each at BMW but I have a pair along with other most of the other front equipment on ebay.

Let me know if you struggle to source them and want mine or even want me to do it. You ideally have to peel the canvas back off the roof in order to access them from the top.
I've done a set before Alan, guy had gone mad manually opening the roof and chewed the ends, but I did it from inside the cabin.

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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Number5 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:33 pm

Here you go....
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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Number5 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:37 pm

If you do it from inside you can't open up the space between the motor and the latches easily so have to bend/flex them a lot to get them in.

If you peel the roof you can simply unbolt the latches insert the rods onto the central motor then add the latches onto 'the ends' without having to bend them.
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Replacing front latch roof motor/drive cables

Post by Brian77 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:24 am

I have got them out from the inside after peeling back headliner,where is the latching sensor?and do i need motor and latches in certain position to make sure they latches stay in sync with motor..the old cables were chewed up at the ends..

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