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Old 04-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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Squeaky Top

Does anyone's top squeak? Mine squeaks without end, it sounds like Styrofoam rubbing against styrofoam..it's loud and REALLY annoying. It's coming from the rear right area, behind the windows. There is an area I can push on to make it squeak. How do I fix this?
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:56 AM   #2
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These things are hard for someone to diagnose without actually taking a look at the physical car...

I would grab some silicone spray or rubber conditioner (it might be a rubber against metal kinda sound) and lube all the seals on the bottom part of the soft top where it meets the body... and find any other rubber seals that surround that area and just put a little spray grease or rubber treatment on them to see if that might help stop the squeaking.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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Mine squeeks also on the passenger side. If I lower the front passenger window a tiny bit the squeeking stops. I'm guessing it's the window rubbing on the top seal.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
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http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=121097
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http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=136354

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Old 04-26-2011, 03:09 PM   #5
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mines not coming from the windows, i put the windows fully down and it's still squeaking. sometimes after i put the top down and back up, it goes away and stays quiet. other times it comes back, then it might disappear, it's so random. Im thinking its some rubber piece where the top meets the body. thanks everyone.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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Try smearin a very thin coat of oil around the rubber seal in the door shut, it stopped mine. Mine also sounded like a window or the roof on the passenger side (drivers side on a left hooker) but dissaprared when I put the roof down. Turned out to be the rubber seal in the door shut.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #7
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Hey guys. I fixed it! I sprayed the tops mechanism with dry graphite lube and it's dead silent now! You could probably use WD40.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:50 PM   #8
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No WD40You don't want that kind of residue in the mechanism.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:45 PM   #9
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ah, well what about dry graphite lube?
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:45 PM   #10
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Better than WD40 IMHO, but "mechanism" can mean, what, quite a number of things, so I'll hold off any recommendation until I know exactly what parts need lubing.

I do know on mine, the assembly line guy put one of the wires in the wrong place which lead to quite a kink. So, is the squeak from the outer plastic wrap of a wire on some metal part?

Details count.

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Old 05-05-2011, 05:23 PM   #11
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The squeak was most likely from a metal part that was drying out. I can take a picture if you'd like.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:26 AM   #12
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I'm always interested in pics, but I get the gist if you mean it was squeaking at a pivot point of the metal skeleton. I found a post somewhere about all the things in the mechanism that need to be greased, but spray graphite carbon sounds less, well, greasy. I tend to make a mess when using spray lithium grease, but I am now curious as to the molecular size comparison between dry graphite lube and lithium grease. Then again I'm curious about almost everything. That's why people call me curious. (I think.)
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:00 PM   #13
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I have the same problem as many here and my mechanic at DP Motorwerks said Gummiflagen?! Or some such stuff on All of the rubber mouldings where they touch metal or glass. I can't find the stuff though... Checked with the dealer and the woman had NO idea what I was speaking of. Any help finding this stuff? Thank in advance to my new found fanatics!
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:37 PM   #14
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I have the same problem as many here and my mechanic at DP Motorwerks said Gummiflagen?! Or some such stuff on All of the rubber mouldings where they touch metal or glass. I can't find the stuff though... Checked with the dealer and the woman had NO idea what I was speaking of. Any help finding this stuff? Thank in advance to my new found fanatics!
You mean "Gummi-Pflege".

Like this: LINK or LINK

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Old 05-12-2011, 07:16 AM   #15
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Yep that sounds like what I am looking for. Thank you for the spelling lesson. Happy motoring.
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On the note of "Gummi-Pfledge" BMW no longer makes or stocks this item. Another Company out of Germany (Einszette) now produces it and it can be found at AutoGeek.Net for $8.99. Here is the write up on the product: 1Z Einszett Rubber Care Stick "Gummi Pflege" conditions rubber weather seals on car doors, windows and trunks, protects and keeps the rubber elastic, restores color to dried out rubber, protects against extreme temperature and UV rays. Einszett's solvent-free, water-based formula is packaged in an easy-to-use shoe polish-type applicator that makes application simple and neat.
Hope This helps.

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Old 05-14-2011, 06:42 PM   #17
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