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Old 06-01-2014, 10:42 AM   #21
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Excellent description / pics for latch access

The description and pictures helped greatly in resolving the issue of the broken latches for our 330ci convertible. Your descriptions/pics, along with the fix action in (http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1036813) allowed me to repair the top function...very nice. I attempted the epoxy fix but either due to the operations pressure or unable to fully clean the area it would not hold during manual closing / opening stress testing. Drilled two holes in both plastic/latch assemblies and all is good. Thanks again!
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:48 PM   #22
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Awesome!

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The description and pictures helped greatly in resolving the issue of the broken latches for our 330ci convertible. Your descriptions/pics, along with the fix action in (http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1036813) allowed me to repair the top function...very nice. I attempted the epoxy fix but either due to the operations pressure or unable to fully clean the area it would not hold during manual closing / opening stress testing. Drilled two holes in both plastic/latch assemblies and all is good. Thanks again!
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:53 AM   #23
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I tackled this yesterday as preventative maintenance. I used 2 bolts and plastic weld (similar to epoxy putty) to strengthen the part, and took lots of photos.

I'd like to have a concise single post with detailed photos of how:
- the latch fails
- to check if your latch is failing (it is possible without removing the cover!)
- to remove the cover
- to remove the latches
- to strengthen the latches

I'm probably going to create a new thread, since this is not my thread and I cannot edit the first post.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:19 PM   #24
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I tackled this yesterday as preventative maintenance. I used 2 bolts and plastic weld (similar to epoxy putty) to strengthen the part, and took lots of photos.

I'd like to have a concise single post with detailed photos of how:
- the latch fails
- to check if your latch is failing (it is possible without removing the cover!)
- to remove the cover
- to remove the latches
- to strengthen the latches

I'm probably going to create a new thread, since this is not my thread and I cannot edit the first post.
Definitely do a new thread. I bet yours will be clearer and better. Better to have it separate and let it slowly replace this one. I just did this as there was no thread to refer to beforehand.
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Old 07-29-2014, 12:01 PM   #25
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Definitely do a new thread. I bet yours will be clearer and better. Better to have it separate and let it slowly replace this one. I just did this as there was no thread to refer to beforehand.
This is an excellent DIY to get at the latches! Just needs an update with a better way to fix the latches.

Do you mind if I "steal" some of your photos? I'd like to upload them to my photobucket "DIY" folder so they remain with the rest of the photos I'll add.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:31 PM   #26
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This is an excellent DIY to get at the latches! Just needs an update with a better way to fix the latches.

Do you mind if I "steal" some of your photos? I'd like to upload them to my photobucket "DIY" folder so they remain with the rest of the photos I'll add.

Thanks in advance!
Don't mind at all. Look forward to your diy.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:49 PM   #27
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Glad I found this thread

Was looking at a new assy $500-600 Part #:54-34-7-031-361-M9. Left one failed and used the information from this post to repair mine. Anyone have some time under the repair? "Is it still holding?
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:28 PM   #28
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Was looking at a new assy $500-600 Part #:54-34-7-031-361-M9. Left one failed and used the information from this post to repair mine. Anyone have some time under the repair? "Is it still holding?
Check out my DIY for a better way to reinforce the latch.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1047072

Cause yours sheared in half I think you need to reinforce it even more than you did. You'll notice I used plastic putty to fill in and build up the part between the threaded half and metal bar half.

That plastic putty is tough! Plus it's much easier to work with to build up the part.

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:49 PM   #29
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I agree with Taylor. That fact that it fully separated means it needs a lot more reinforcement than mine (that was only cracking). Mine hasn't had any issues all summer, but I can't compare it to a full break like that.
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