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Old 11-01-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Window regulator zip tie fix. It works!

It bloody works!! That's all I have to say.


No, really. I couldn't believe that I've managed to fix the driver side window regulator just by using a couple of zip ties.

All I did, was to watch this Youtube video, which explained in great detail on how to get to the window regulator, etc.



There is also a guide on how to do the actual zip tie fix, which makes a lot more sense once you've got the window regulator out of the car.
http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...or-zip-tie-fix

Just be sure to disconnect the battery BEFORE unplugging the airbag to avoid a failed airbag light.

Next time your windows start acting up don't rush and get a window reg from eBay for $80 or worse yet $300 from BMW. Don't be lazy and do it yourself.
It most certainly not a difficult job to do.

If an IT person can do it, anyone can.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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Congrat's well done.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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I have a 4 door sedan.. Would this work for the rear window regulators??
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #4
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I have a 4 door sedan.. Would this work for the rear window regulators??
Do be honest, I've no idea. However, I highly doubt that the design would be fundamentally different from the one, used on the front. It is still probably just a plastic piece, used to hold the cable.


Edit: The zip tie method doesn't work on rear doors, as per this thread
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=693347

A possible DYI is here:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...8&postcount=11

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Old 11-02-2011, 12:46 AM   #5
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Could've saved myself a few hundy when I had to change the window regs on ye olde e36 and e39... I almost miss them for this reason alone. I want to try this out!!!

Might break a window reg on purpose to do this fix
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:13 AM   #6
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^ pls don't....

I did this a little while back on my LH front regulator. Be sure to lube up the railings with a silicone spray or similar.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:25 PM   #7
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Be sure to lube up the railings with a silicone spray or similar.
Yes, I forgot to mention that.

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Old 11-14-2011, 02:11 PM   #8
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I just did this and it worked great. Just something to help others (I initially messed up) is that you need to zip tie on each side of the stopper on the cable. I didn't realize at first that I had both zip ties on one side. Which made it only roll up, but not down.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #9
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The other point to note is to make sure the tie is very tight, otherwise there could be slippage.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:31 AM   #10
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Be sure to lube up the railings with a silicone spray or similar.
Getting ready to do this job. Can I get more info on the above please?

Edit: Never mind I got it sorted.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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Back after a few months. My zip ties were too weak and snapped. The method works, but the zip ties need to be pretty sturdy. I'm going to try steel zip ties today.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:15 PM   #12
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Steel zip ties?

This is valid to my interest.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:45 PM   #13
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wow never realised, my door panels totally different.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #14
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I hear it does work. But you will probably have to replace them again in a few weeks or a few months.

I just felt that if I was going to take the whole damn thing apart, I may as well replace the regulator and get several more years trouble free use.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #15
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I hear it does work. But you will probably have to replace them again in a few weeks or a few months.

I just felt that if I was going to take the whole damn thing apart, I may as well replace the regulator and get several more years trouble free use.
exactly. i changed my gf's window regulator about a month ago. didnt want it to break again so just put a genuine one in.

talk to Clicable Automotive, they have them for a great price!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #16
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It's been over 4 months since the "fix" and the driver's side still works.
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exactly. i changed my gf's window regulator about a month ago. didnt want it to break again so just put a genuine one in.

talk to Clicable Automotive, they have them for a great price!
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:27 AM   #18
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It's been over 4 months since the "fix" and the driver's side still works.
It just seems a shoddy way to hold a BMW together. But, you need to do what works best for you. I hope it holds together for a long time.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #19
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The steel zip ties do work great. I did one fix with plastic ones first, and it lasted a few months. The steel zip ties have lasted me two years.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:35 PM   #20
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I just did this fix. My window had collapsed all the way down.
If you are doing the zip-tie fix, you do not need to take the regulator assembly out, or remove the motor either. I was able to put the zip-ties in with the window and the carrier (on which the zip-tie goes) around half way up. Once its near the access holes, its pretty easy to get the zip-ties into place and tighten them.
Saves a bunch of effort.
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