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Old 06-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #581
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GREAT write up. I am female also and going to attempt this on the weekend. I can turn a wrench but only minor fixes, wish me luck and thanks!!!
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #582
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As long as you've read up, take your time, and don't hesitate to re-read if you get stuck, you should be fine! Good luck, let us know how you make out!
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:46 PM   #583
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Bringing this back up...

I found this thread like I'm sure many other did while googling how to replace a window regulator lol.

Excellent write up btw. Thanks guys.

I removed my rear passenger regulator but I noticed that the rubber gasket or seal in the window lift motor was damaged and falling off. I am able to slide it back on but I was wondering if that will pose any issues for me in the future. I really don't want to have to purchase a new motor if I can get by with this -



Also, has anyone used these regulators? FCP
They are on sale and would be perfect timing for me.

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Old 08-02-2012, 12:09 AM   #584
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Can nobody offer me some advice?
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:43 PM   #585
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Hi, the seal is simply going to keep some of the dirt out of the motor. If you don't put it back in then your motor 'may' wear out a little quicker. I wouldn't worry about it
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:32 AM   #586
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Hi, the seal is simply going to keep some of the dirt out of the motor. If you don't put it back in then your motor 'may' wear out a little quicker. I wouldn't worry about it
Thanks for the reply Steve!

I may have found a used motor to replace this one. From what I have read, the motors are quite resilient. It's just the regulators that fail easily.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:14 PM   #587
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Great write up! Thanks.

I however wussed out and had a very nice, new-to-me mechanic put it in for me. He charged me 1.5 hours @ $60/hr = $90 labor. Went with this aftermarket part.

It just took about 45 efficient minutes for him to do the actual work! And, he was fine with me staying there and watching as he did it :-).
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:06 AM   #588
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Great write up! Thanks.

I however wussed out and had a very nice, new-to-me mechanic put it in for me. He charged me 1.5 hours @ $60/hr = $90 labor. Went with this aftermarket part.

It just took about 45 efficient minutes for him to do the actual work! And, he was fine with me staying there and watching as he did it :-).
Hmmm. Am I missing something? It took 45 min to install and you were charged for 1.5 hrs?
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:23 AM   #589
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Just completed this repair on both my front windows. The DIY were very helpful.

I went with URO aftermarket regulators and installed the zip tie fix on them before I even installed them, just to ensure I dont have this problem in the future. Everything went together well. There is only one slight difference I noticed after the install: when I roll the windows down all the way the top of the window used to sit flush with the weather stripping. Now the window stays above the weather stripping by maybe 1/8". Not a big deal, just something I noticed. Its crossed my mind it might be due to the extra tension on the cable from the zip tie fix, or it could just be a difference between the OEM and URO regulators. Regardless, i've got working windows and I'm a happy camper
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #590
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Hmmm. Am I missing something? It took 45 min to install and you were charged for 1.5 hrs?
Well, yeah .. I know ...

Don't all the mechanics/dealers have a fixed labor time for a specific job... ? Guess this was like that. The guy told me, before I went, that it will be 1.5 hour labor and I had agreed. My other independent mechanic and a couple other places I called quoted me over 2 hours of labor for this job @ $100/hr.

In fact, I've had cases where some 4 hour work was needed in my car, but the car was ready 2 hours after its dropped off, and I was charged for 4 hours ... maybe 2 persons worked on it ...
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #591
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Well, yeah .. I know ...

Don't all the mechanics/dealers have a fixed labor time for a specific job... ? Guess this was like that. The guy told me, before I went, that it will be 1.5 hour labor and I had agreed. My other independent mechanic and a couple other places I called quoted me over 2 hours of labor for this job @ $100/hr.

In fact, I've had cases where some 4 hour work was needed in my car, but the car was ready 2 hours after its dropped off, and I was charged for 4 hours ... maybe 2 persons worked on it ...
Dang. 1.5 hrs seems like a lot for a professional to do this. You're probably right though, I bet they charged you a flat rate.

Next time come here for some peer pressure and we will encourage you to DIY. It's a great feeling to complete work and the resources here are just awesome.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:31 PM   #592
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Just completed this repair on both my front windows. The DIY were very helpful.

I went with URO aftermarket regulators and installed the zip tie fix on them before I even installed them, just to ensure I dont have this problem in the future. Everything went together well. There is only one slight difference I noticed after the install: when I roll the windows down all the way the top of the window used to sit flush with the weather stripping. Now the window stays above the weather stripping by maybe 1/8". Not a big deal, just something I noticed. Its crossed my mind it might be due to the extra tension on the cable from the zip tie fix, or it could just be a difference between the OEM and URO regulators. Regardless, i've got working windows and I'm a happy camper
I noticed the same thing when I did mine. The fix is supposed to be after the window is in you remove the motor but don't unbolt anything else.

Then you manually push the window down to where you want it to bottom out . Then reinstall the motor at that point.

I tried this but the window wouldn't budge. I think it's the aftermarket regulator I bought. I have a 325. Maybe its for a 330? Not sure if they are the same or not. Or maybe it's just poor quality.

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Old 08-31-2012, 04:44 PM   #593
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E46 Sedan Window Regulator - Zip Tie Repair

Hil - great thread - Instructions/pics are fabulous. One question comes to mind please - If I disconnect the battery to disable the airbags, does this 'lock out' the stereo head unit?? (and may reqiuire a rest cose (which I dont have)?? Or alternately dont standard HUs require a reset code??

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:32 PM   #594
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I think it's the aftermarket regulator I bought. I have a 325. Maybe its for a 330? Not sure if they are the same or not. Or maybe it's just poor quality.
Not sure if this will help anyone... But, I used the zip tie method the first time my regulator went out at 93k miles. Then the zip tie snapped a week later and I bought a regulator off ebay. That one made my window super slow and ended up breaking about a month later. Then, I FINALLY shelled out the $150 for an OEM BMW regulator and its been fine ever since. So just a heads up for those getting aftermarket regulators. And It also didnt fit right and I had to make some minor adjustments. So P.O.S. to In My Opinion. Good luck all
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:57 PM   #595
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Hi All - great instructions - the only thing I did differently was not to disconnect the battery (for fear of having a downstream head-unit problem). Repair went pretty much as discribed and took about 2 hours. Unfortunately the repair did not work for me

1. the window did not correctly close to the top and when open protruded above the window/door sill by about 20mm (could be pushed down)

2. The grating/graunching noise remained (seemed to be inside the gear mechanism bhind the window motor)

So thanks for the help but unfortunately wasnt a success for me this time

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #596
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Good write up, thanks! I just did my passenger front right at 200k. I also did not disconnect the battery or airbag. It had obviously been done once before by the previous owner who had all service done at that dealer. I bought the cheapest I could find which was $35 w/shipping from ebay. Fit and works like the original . . . so far. We'll see how long it lasts. I did a left rear about a year ago and used an el cheapo on that one too, so far so good but that one doesn't get used much.

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Old 09-14-2012, 01:35 AM   #597
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don't use the rear windows much cos of the issue, and the fronts i used these plastic cheap replacements didnt buy the whole mechanisms, however bought a set of meyle replacement mechanisms so waiting for the right time to change em out
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:16 AM   #598
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Just used this tutorial to install a new regulator for my front passenger window, too bad I purchased a new regulator when the zip tie repair would have worked for mine.

I disconnected the air bag completely, fairly easy, and remembered to connect back before testing the window, thanks for this tip as well.

Will do the rear passenger, and the driver side tomorrow with the zip tie repair.

Thanks again for all involved in the tutorial.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:59 PM   #599
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Does anyone have any feedback as to the quality of the Dorman regulator vs others that are available? Amazon reviews are pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:51 AM   #600
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My left front is going, need to do this soon will go with oem.

Found them here

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...dow_Regulator/
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