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Old 02-27-2014, 09:50 AM   #661
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So i have this problem:
front driver's side window works fine, goes up and down with no issue. However, when it's almost bottomed, it sounds like it falls...like it smashes down the end of the regulator.
Could it be some kind of window-stop inside the door?
How could i possibly fix that?
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:08 AM   #662
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So i have this problem:
front driver's side window works fine, goes up and down with no issue. However, when it's almost bottomed, it sounds like it falls...like it smashes down the end of the regulator.
Could it be some kind of window-stop inside the door?
How could i possibly fix that?
The window glass is attached to the regulator by two brackets, one each side of the glass. There's a single 8mm bolt on each bracket that secures the regulator runner to the glass bracket.
- Its possible that one of those bracket bolts has fallen out.
The regulator runners run on cables. Its possible that one or both of the runners have disengaged from the crimped sleeve on the cable that drives them. That's what happened to mine.
Open it up and take a quick look. If its just a bolt you'll probably find it rolling around the bottom of the door. A magnet is your friend. If its a regulator, buy the Uro for $60 or so. Good DIY here for the R&R.
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:25 PM   #663
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Thank you Elbee, re fixing front window regulator

Just like to say I was going to order a window regulator, and was going to fix it myself. The I came across your post (think it was yours!) saying you used a 'pull tie'... well this gave me an idea, I didn't have of those ties, and found some metal picture hanging wire, and wrapped that around it and tightened it around the regulator clip and the cable with the metal lodging part, and bob's ya uncle, it worked! And still does, I thought I was going to save myself about 120, but instead saved myself about 150-160 ! Job's a good'n!!
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:00 AM   #664
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Great Thread

New here, hopefully not digging up an old thread. Bought my GF's '03 325xi last fall, have been with the car (and the GF) since she got it in '06, I've driven it on ice and, needless to say, I love this car!

Back on topic, I just completed this repair today, really REALLY cool that this forum directed me exactly to what was needed. My only cost.. a couple of very minor metal edge cuts on my hands.. no band aid necessary! And four zip ties.

Only thing I'd add to all this is, keep in mind during reassembly, the alignment of the "nut clips" is pretty important. I had one of the clips for the airbag break in half, only learning this when I found it in the bottom of the door. Two others were very hard to keep aligned. I used masking tape with complete success.

Kudos to BMW for leaving enough room in the door to stick an arm up and compensate for broken, misaligned clip nuts!

Thanks to this forum, just saved me a handful of bux and blood!

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Old 08-13-2014, 12:39 PM   #665
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Awesome Write-Up

I just did my passenger rear window regulator, just wanted to post one hiccup I incurred. When you are installing the window regulator (be it new or old), be sure to only hand tighten the nuts that attach it to the door. I made the mistake of using a ratchet (I know, I'm an oaf) and I busted one of the grommets, leaving my regulator unattached at the bottom anchor point.

TL;DR, hand tighten the window regulator nuts to avoid breaking them.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:25 PM   #666
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Just finished this. The only piece of advice that I have is don't loosen the screws holding the window to the regulator too much. If one falls out (which happened to me) they are a bitch to get back in. Other than that, not a hard DIY at all if you have the tools OP mentioned.
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sometimes i'm into it and my one hand gets tired, i try switching, but then it's like someone with lou gehrig's trying to peel a carrot.
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Old 09-12-2014, 06:21 PM   #667
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A few tips...

So I followed this DIY and it was relatively straightforward, only two things I would mention:

1. If you are planning on using duct tape to hold your window up, be mindful that the residue can be hard to get off. I avoided this by holding the window.

2. Don't hold the window while trying to put a new regulator in with one hand... get another person. It took me two hours, and I regret my decision to go it alone.

All said and done, my new window regulator works great. Awesome write-up, props to tommie/elbee.
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:17 PM   #668
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Yeah this was mad easy. Totally fixed my drivers window. Coming from 4 e36's, the e46 has better designs across the board.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:37 PM   #669
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Thanks for this write up, I used it a year ago when fixing my regulator with the ziptie fix, but it wasn't very secure and the window would slow down again or make a loud crack sound sometimes. I finally decided to buy the cheap plastic clips from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/RegulatorFix-W...regulator+clip). Installed it tonight and so far so good!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:14 PM   #670
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:16 AM   #671
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In for this zip tie fix once I have some time to rip this door apart.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:44 PM   #672
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Brackets move without window but not with it

Hello, I recently did a driver side front window regulator replacement and within 2 days the regulator was shot already. Rolled down but not up. So I got yet another new regulator off of eBay and removed the old one. I plugged in the regulator to be sure it worked before I attached it to the window and it did, but once I attached the window to the mounting brackets I encountered the same problem. Window rolls down fine but when I try to roll it up the motor stalls out and stops. I don't want to go any further for a fear of destroying another regulator. Please help.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:56 PM   #673
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just fix your old regulator by zip tie method, mine works great.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:38 AM   #674
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"Zip tie method" won't work here. The regulator is damaged beyond repair
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:34 AM   #675
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Deuce5 -- I recommend that you clean the rubber seals of the tracks thoroughly and then lubricate them. I have used isopropyl alcohol and I've used fingernail polish remover for the cleaning, with lots of paper towels and Q-tips, and clean everything as far as you can reach until the swabs come out clean. I have used light synthetic, plastic- and rubber-safe grease for the lubrication, and you want it to be a thin, even coat. But I think next time I do this task I might just use ArmorAll.

Report back . . . I'll bet you've got a mess in there.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:48 AM   #676
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Tothemountains! Thank you for your reply. I've had to temporarily suspend my operation because I broke the clip on the door handle cable due to a fit of rage, but I will definitely try cleaning and lubing the track of the new regulator. I was able to get the regulator to work but it's very slow and seems something still isn't right, so I'll try that and report back. Thanks again!
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:49 AM   #677
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Gah! I hate when that happens. Even if it's not rage, just the wrong idea that comes with impatience and frustration -- and then, ping! Busted.

I came across the sheet again that came with one of the regulators I bought from BavAuto. It is all about cleaning and lubing the guides, seals, tracks . . . if you can see that it moves or holds parts that move in operating the window, clean it and lube it.
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Old Yesterday, 02:12 PM   #678
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Do you think spraying some wd40 or pb blaster would work? I already have the new regulator installed and it was such a pain in the ass taking it in and out, the 8mm bolts holding the window to the brackets are rounded off, and I live in northern mn and don't have s garage so I do everything outside, so if I could I would rather finish without removing the regulator again...
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