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Old 08-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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e46 top removal for replacing soft top wiring loom diy?

Ive searched hard for this but cant seem to find any clear step by step articles. The wiring around the passenger side (UK) where the soft top closes has a habit of snapping around the bend, causing the soft top to stop working, how can this $150 dollar part be replaced? Does the hood system need to be completely removed? Where do i start... any help would be most appreciated...

Also i cant keep resoldering those wires its just not good enough... and the last time i soldered it its left me with a flashing red light on the soft top button...so im opening/closing it manaually all the time. Any ideas why this could be? if after resoldering those wires the red light still blinks? did i short something? Any helps appreciated, cheers.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:12 AM   #2
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DO NOT REMOVE THE TOP! If you have no experience for removing the complete frame you will regret it.

The best way to replace/repair the wires is to manually operate the top and move it to a position that you can gain access to the damaged wires. Majority of the repairs we do at our dealership, we never take the top out simply because it is not necessary.

Good Luck!
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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Ive done that, but the damaged wires are too close to the inside of the soft top framework now, and the last time i soldered them it DIDN'T solve the problem and the red light is flashing on the soft top button. Is it possible to use incorrect wire to mend the damage which cant hold the current? Earlier on it was just 1 damaged wire, which i could resolder and get the top working again before.... now its 4/5 damaged and my soldering and extended wiring hasnt helped!!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #4
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Also checked fuses for soft top all ok
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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find this hard to believe, does everyone just live with it when the top stops working from bad wiring..
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