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  1. 1999 E36 Conv. hood not working 
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    Hi Guys,

    The hood stopped working whilst being lowered yesterday. Got it to the Dealer who reset and got me on my way. Only cost me £32.70 which was a big surprise!!!

    If I invested in the software and the correct interface, could I have done this myself?

    If yes, can you advise the best plug and play set up?

    I've looked at the BMW DIS V57/SSS V32/INPA/TIS software package from BMW GT1 at £49 and this seems fairly comprehensive and it recommends some interfaces from a German website for between £30 to £80. But having read alot of the threads on this site I don't want to spend the money and then it won't work. I'm not a software expert.

    Any comments on the above package or are there better solutions and if so what.

    Also what are the required interfaces for my cars: -

    1999 328iA Convertible.
    2002 525D Sport Touring

    Cheers,

    Richard
     
     

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    The hood does not need a software interface. It works on a basic system of micro switches. If your hood stops working it's probably a microswitch/wiring to a microswitch, there are 5 or 6 switches. Les likely but possible is damage to the motor mechanism and brackets.

    Very likely is your tension straps are worn and possibly the gas struts too, and the hood is hitting the lid during lowering and raising.

    Check out this forum, read the PDFs in the stickies, check out this post on tension straps. Also read up on the top reset procedure. None of these things need a computer.

    You will probably want an £80 ADS compatible interface, a laptop with a factory fitted serial port and INPA. These are useful tools to have in your toolbox and can take a month to assemble working, and are worth making arrangements for before you need them, so when the time comes you are ready to use them.
     
     

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    Thanks for the info, the YouTube video was excellent. I know know how simple it is to reset.

    The cause of the problem is week tension straps because the roof stopped due to me tucking and forcing the hood down enough to get the rear cover to close.

    I'll check out the ADS interfaces but where do I get the INPA software from?
     
     

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    Dig out a post on here by me on INPA.
     
     

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