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Forum: E46 Convertible 08-12-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 631
Understood, and most of us probably do the same....

Understood, and most of us probably do the same. The pump motor is designed to have almost the same output at 12V as at 14.4V, but there is a tiny difference. I cannot speak for BMW E46s, because I...
Forum: E46 Convertible 08-11-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,639
We are rebuilding E46 hydraulic pumps aka hydro...

We are rebuilding E46 hydraulic pumps aka hydro units on a daily basis. The filtering in these pumps is not great, which makes it more important to replace the fluid from time to time. A good portion...
Forum: E46 Convertible 08-10-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 631
supra48, congrats on your purchase, and glad to...

supra48, congrats on your purchase, and glad to hear that you are happy with the car.

Here are the numbers in response to your question:
The electric motor of the hydro unit (hydraulic pump)...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-14-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 22,875
TheMagicalHindu, if your fluid level is NOT full...

TheMagicalHindu, if your fluid level is NOT full to the indicator with the top down, then you have a leak somewhere. If you have a low fluid level, then you should try to find the leak before things...
Forum: E46 Convertible 04-30-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Replacing line #13 to left tonneau cylinder

Pay-141,

I'm glad you were able to find the source of the leak so easily, and it is fortunate that this cylinder is very accessible. The hydraulic line #13 is a part of the cylinder, and it cannot...
Forum: E46 Convertible 04-25-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
The "Stickies" are the DIY threads on top of the...

The "Stickies" are the DIY threads on top of the list. They always stay on top of the list - they stick there. It is important that they not get filled with irrelevant chatter, because they are...
Forum: E46 Convertible 04-23-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,360
Thumbs Up Stefan, thanks again for creating such an...

Stefan,

thanks again for creating such an awesome DIY! In post 4, taylor192 has referred to your DIY being posted in Top Hydraulics' website's DIY section...
Forum: E46 Convertible 04-17-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,360
Thumbs Up 1.5 hours DIY saved you >> $1k

03jetblackm3,

glad to hear that you have a working top again. Congratulations, you saved a lot of money there in 1.5 hours! Thanks for the detailed report.

Klaus
Forum: E46 Convertible 02-27-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,217
We have updated the hydraulic cylinder and...

We have updated the hydraulic cylinder and component diagram on our website:

http://www.tophydraulicsinc.com/diagrams/e46diagram.jpg
Here are some awesome hydraulics-related DIYs created by...
Forum: E46 Convertible 02-27-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 969
Speaking for the hydraulic portion of the top...

Speaking for the hydraulic portion of the top mechanism, the design life span is some ten years in warm climates, and a little longer in moderate climates. The good news: all hydraulic components can...
Forum: E46 Convertible 02-27-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,217
Retaining clip for convertible top hydraulic hose fitting

Which cylinder did you loose the retaining clip for?
For example, the main lift cylinder p/n 54347025593 has different clips on top and bottom: ...
Forum: E46 Convertible 08-30-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,360
You should be able to coil up the excess length...

You should be able to coil up the excess length of line 24 somewhere (making sure not to kink the line and to tie up the coil in a safe place). However, you will also have to deal with the fittings...
Forum: E46 Convertible 07-20-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,360
Thumbs Up Hydraulic fluid for the convertible top

A few comments about proper hydraulic fluid for the convertible top system:

Totally acceptable fluids outside of the overpriced BMW fluid are:

FeBi 02615 (same as BMW fluid, but much cheaper,...
Forum: E46 Convertible 07-20-2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,360
failure mechanism on lines 31 and 34

taylor192,

so far, the main problem we have noticed on line 31 and on line 34 is that it is forced to bend when the rear bow (aka tension bar) folds and it splits in the area where it gets...
Forum: E46 Convertible 07-18-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,504
details about the valve block

The valve blocks fail fairly rarely, but that is a possibility. If there is a small bypass inside the valve block, then there may not be enough pressure left in Ruslan's case for the main lift...
Forum: E46 Convertible 07-16-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 952
Thumbs Up DIY hydraulic cylinder removal and replacement isn't that hard...

Retrax,

thanks for sharing! I second taylor192's request for a comment to the DIY sticky. A long and detailed DIY may look intimidating at first, but it's all the details in taylor192's DIY that...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-29-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,933
Nice - hope that it works long term, and that it...

Nice - hope that it works long term, and that it will help many others. The round pieces of foam as shown in your picture are often referred to as "caulk saver" in hardware stores, and they are...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-28-2013, 08:58 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,504
I would say that taylor192 has put you on the...

I would say that taylor192 has put you on the right track. Since there is no light blinking before you let go of the button, that means there is no "wrong" signal going to the controller - it likely...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-08-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,675
Convertible top hydraulic fluid for your BMW E46

Bashn,

do NOT use hydraulic jack oil, no matter how cheap and tempting it may be, or you will be sending us all cylinders for rebuild a lot sooner than planned.

Acceptable fluids outside of the...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-03-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,675
Bash, the L-shaped aluminum blocks can be...

Bash,

the L-shaped aluminum blocks can be detached from the left side cylinder. That means in your case that lines 31 and 34 are actually part of the right side cylinder.

I would recommend...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-03-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,675
Bash, if lines 31 and 34 cannot be removed...

Bash,

if lines 31 and 34 cannot be removed from the aluminum block, then you must have an early version of the bow tension cylinders, which would put your car's model year to 2000 - 2003?

Below...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-03-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,360
Thumbs Up Options for hydraulic hose replacement

If any of these lines should be bad, here are your options:

11/14 and 12/13 - They are attached to the cylinders. Fairly easy for Top Hydraulics to replace the lines, but you have to send in the...
Forum: E46 Convertible 06-01-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,873
Thumbs Up Refilling the hydro unit, fluid, pump rebuild, finding the leak

smellvetica,

indeed, the reason for the top moving slowly is usually a low fluid level. As taylor192 correctly states, you need to find the source of the leak if the fluid level is low. The fluid...
Forum: E46 Convertible 05-05-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,933
ErdeM3, congratulations - you turned your...

ErdeM3,

congratulations - you turned your coupe back into a convertible without potentially paying far over a kilobuck ($1k) to a shop or dealer!

We are now hosting taylor192's DIY for line...
Forum: E46 Convertible 04-29-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,933
Cool Lots of prices and labels for the same fluid...

Thanks for your links and clarification. Aral Vitamol ZH-M as shown in one of your links above as the BMW fluid is indeed the same fluid as FeBi 02615. Thus, no secret ingredient in BMW hydraulic...
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