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How to replace soft top motor without removing roof.. DONE!

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Post by Rancher1957 » Sun May 30, 2021 3:28 am

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone for all their posts both questions and answers. Especially Beynon5 who started this with a great tutorial. I just replaced the motor and relocated to the trunk. Works perfect!

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Post by Debell192 » Mon May 31, 2021 1:24 am

Hello all,

My Z4 suffered from the common fault with a corroded roof motor from the housing filling up with water.

Usually a garage will remove the entire roof to get access to the motor costing a lot in labour time, instead I found I could access the motor from the boot which will save you money.

I hope this video helps show how you can do this yourself, I’ve seen a lot of videos that are quite vague so hopefully this will give you a clear and concise guide of how to do it.

https://youtu.be/NPhwOO654JA
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Post by Lytesben » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:06 pm

Hi everyone

The inevitable happened and the roof motor stopped working yesterday. So I’ve had a go at trying to fix it myself and potentially relocate to the boot.

I’ve got as far as getting the motor out of its sodden mess (lovely grimy water!) and cannot for the life of me get the rest of the casing free. Where abouts are these elusive cable ties?

Does anyone do the roof relocation in South Somerset - willing to pay for it now as I’ve got fed up with folding myself every way possible to fit in the boot and get that stupid plastic out!
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Post by Mr Tidy » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:13 pm

Lytesben wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:06 pm Does anyone do the roof relocation in South Somerset - willing to pay for it now as I’ve got fed up with folding myself every way possible to fit in the boot and get that stupid plastic out!
The nearest to you will be forum member "Number 5" who is near Bristol. Easiest way is probably to just send him a PM. :thumbsup:
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Post by Roberltd2 » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:22 pm

Shame you have to call somebody in, it looks like you've done 90% of the really difficult bits. From what I can recall, I think I felt for where the ties were and used a pair of small side cutters to cut them without actually being able to see them. Failing that I think I used a steel bar to pry them until they broke. Not very pretty but it worked.
Of course, it's ten times harder in this weather too! :heat:
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Post by Lytesben » Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:58 pm

Mr Tidy wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:13 pm
Lytesben wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:06 pm Does anyone do the roof relocation in South Somerset - willing to pay for it now as I’ve got fed up with folding myself every way possible to fit in the boot and get that stupid plastic out!
The nearest to you will be forum member "Number 5" who is near Bristol. Easiest way is probably to just send him a PM. :thumbsup:
Roberltd2 wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:22 pm Shame you have to call somebody in, it looks like you've done 90% of the really difficult bits. From what I can recall, I think I felt for where the ties were and used a pair of small side cutters to cut them without actually being able to see them. Failing that I think I used a steel bar to pry them until they broke. Not very pretty but it worked.
Of course, it's ten times harder in this weather too! :heat:
Robert.
Thanks both. Really frustrating and the hot weather did not help my temper either! I’ve dropped Number 5 a message so hopefully be up and running again soon!

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Post by Golfman » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:15 am

Mike,
When I disconnected my motor from the pump several pieces fell out. I found two of the hardened steel bearing type pins you spoke of but there are three holes in the piece that goes over the shaft. Am I missing one of them?
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Post by foo83 » Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:45 am

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