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Old 05-07-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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Window regulator fix - window now out of line

Hi all,

I'm a new e46 owner and this is my first post on the forum - probably of many, so hello and thank you in advance for any advice you can offer me.

Today I started tackling the first of many jobs. Starting with a new MAF which took all of 5 minutes and what seemed an extremely overpriced part. And I then went on to fix my slow electric window.

I followed elbee's DIY thread and zip tied the cable into the broken clip, all of which seemed fairly straight forward. Before I started fixing the problem, you could pull the rear end of the window up and down (it was the rear clip that had broken on the regulator) but it was pretty much straight when in it's 'default' position (ie not being played around with), it was just a bit slow on the way up.

Now that the cable is sitting properly in the regulator the window moves up and down effortlessly, but the window is not aligned correctly and sits a lot higher at the rear and than the front. I read on another DIY thread on 'impree.co.uk' that it should realign itself but this hasn't happened for me.

Can anybody offer any advice on this?



I also found this in the bottom of the door which I have no idea where it's supposed to be attach but understand from the part no that it is a 'Bowden cable':


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Old 05-07-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
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Check the rail on the left side if it's okay track

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Old 05-07-2016, 05:59 PM   #3
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See if the sedans have forward and back tilt. If it's like the coupes and convertible's then it's under the front and back bottom of the door covered with a rubber plug. Obviously the window has to be lowered close to, but not at the bottom to reach the adjuster.

Again this is on the coupes/convertibles. I don't know if the sedans are fixed.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice, the rail on the left (front) side all looked okay and the metal peg on the cable was sitting properly in the regulator.

Is the tilt adjustment accessed from inside the door or from the outside under the plastic trim / rubbing strip?
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, the rail on the left (front) side all looked okay and the metal peg on the cable was sitting properly in the regulator.

Is the tilt adjustment accessed from inside the door or from the outside under the plastic trim / rubbing strip?
Just look under the door. If it's there you will immediately recognize it.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:30 PM   #6
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I have a similiar problem. My driver side window rolls up slowly through the middle point of its motion and it can be wiggled towards hood/trunk a bit on its way up. Not enough for it to leave the rubber trim and become unsealed though and has always rolled up albeit slowly in the middle so have not prioritized fixing it yet. Subbing to this in case it helps when i go to do it.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:33 AM   #7
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I had this issue but caught it before I put everything back together. I'm guessing the glass isn't all the way in the regulator on one side. Open it back up and readjust everything.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:10 PM   #8
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I had another look at this today, the glass was properly secured in the regulator and although I have the rubber plug on the bottom of the door there is no tilt adjustment (touring model).

I took the whole regulator mechanism out of the door and played around with it. When one side of the regulator is all the way up the rail, the other still has about 2cm to go, but because it all works off the same cable it won't go any further (you can force it but it immediately springs back down).

The unit where the cable ends is meet which attaches to the motor is sealed and there is no adjustment on it so I figured if I want to fix it I'll need a new regulator.

OEM regulator is about 200 or 90 for an aftermarket one from GSF. I ended up buying one from eBay for 20. I'm normally strict about using genuine or better parts but I've spent a lot on the car after only a few weeks of ownership and the eBay one comes with a 2 year warranty so thought I'd take the chance. Will fit them later in the week once they arrive.
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