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Old 05-10-2009, 01:15 AM   #281
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nevermind
when i went back and looked at the photos, i figured it out
the window does not go "inside" the brackets

anyway

this is what it looked like when i pulled the window motor off the regulator
the wire was all eaten up
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:01 PM   #282
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Just read this DIY as I wil be doing this tonight...car is sitting in parking lot at work right now with the window down...GOT TO LOVE IT!

Anyway just thought that I'd share this with you guys. I ordered this regulator from a parts guy in CT that my brother ordered a bunch of stuff with.

The price was $60- for rear right on a 330i (cant beat that) and they waranty the parts for 1 year.

Check out the link!

http://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exe...Regulator_E46_

Hopes this heps some of you save a few bucks. I know I'm on a budget!

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:06 PM   #283
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Ok today I was rolling up passanger side back window and heard crunching noise. Regulator broken. My brother in law helped me to get it up and the switch down held it in up position. I am going to order from Pelican since I like their parts are high quality last part was german mad oem or equivalent. Well now I need to order part thank for the post guys.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:45 AM   #284
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just did my window regulator. the job itself was easy but i had a really tough time putting the bolt which held the red bracket to the regulator. i guess my tip to make this easier is to get a magnetic tipped socket. either that or you can use a fisher magnet and attach that as close as possible to bolt on the socket and extension. that did the trick for me.


oh and on another note, i noticed that on my original regulator the rails were greased as well as the pulleys. i figured it would be a good precaution to grease the new one up just in case. i applied a light coating, just enough to allow it to slide easily.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:12 AM   #285
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Maybe this is a better place for this question:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=677185
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:52 PM   #286
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Widow Regulator

Just did my drivers side rear widow regulator. Follow the steps on this and other threads and you'll get it done.

I took my netbook PC out to the car and followed the photos/directions.

Some observations:

I used a thin blade screwdriver to pry off the door panel. I used a credit card to pry against to protect the paint.

This is a bolt in procedure with no adjustments required. I find adjustments can sometimes make a job more difficult for the inexperienced.

Cutting the sticky goop with a single edge razor blade was helpful. I bought a new roll of the goop from my BMW dealer for $17. Have enough left over for at least a second door. Thought it was cheap insurance against a water leak. I just put it over the existing goop.

My dealer charged $147 for the regulator. Since the window was stuck open and I park outside I went for it. Tischler has it for $97. Next time I'll take the door panel off, push the window up and figure out a way to secure it in the up position. Then I'll be able to wait for the part to arrive in the mail.

Using a Torx socket didn't work on one of the holes in the door handle, the socket tip was too wide thus too tight in the hole. The screw came right out with a Torx screwdriver.

You can do this, I say go for it.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:59 PM   #287
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OK...I need some help. I just replaced my regulator and the window goes down fine but does not really move up? it starts but then stops as if something is holding it back. The motor gets pretty hot as well. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:29 PM   #288
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OK...I need some help. I just replaced my regulator and the window goes down fine but does not really move up? it starts but then stops as if something is holding it back. The motor gets pretty hot as well. Any suggestions?
window may not be level and its binding on the way up
loosen the two bolts that hold onto the glass and tilt the glass towards the B*****ar, then tighten again
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:46 AM   #289
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yeah...I did not realize the window adjustment works by closing THEN tightening the regulators/nuts. I assume the same with the red clips? I do believe that my left clip is not seated well but I could not manipulate the window to seat properly. Hopefully that is all that is binding it up.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:45 PM   #290
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Guys, when installing the new regulator, do I need to grease it a bit? I got a new one from a BMW dealership but it doesn't look nearly as greased as teh old one I am replacing.
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #291
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done this a total of 5 times on different cars. a pro now. i dont even break clips anymore
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:37 PM   #292
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Add another success to this list. Just replaced my rear driver side regulator in under two hours. Most of the time was wasted trying to figure out how the bottom of the window, the red tab, and the regulator all fit back together.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:38 PM   #293
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Thank you for this DIY!
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:03 AM   #294
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I changed-out my right rear window regulator last evening using this DIY. Very helpful and complete.
Couldn't understand why old regulator would not come out; went back to DIY and found that I had skipped step 10, the part about removing the bolt in the red thing. Removed that 8mm bolt and the rest was like butter.
Many thanks to Tommiexboi!
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:41 PM   #295
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I just finished this on my rear driver window. Couple things I ran into though. I had a hard time with was the motor, it did not go easily into the new regulator bracket so I had to do a little bending persuading with a screw driver. I hooked up the speaker wire to the window control - should have labeled them during disassembly. I paid decent money to have it fixed the first time, next time only 75 bucks and I'll be able to raise the window up and tape it closed instead of the rustling trashbag eyesore on a half lowered window. I hope I'm onto a new car before I do this again. Next DIY is rear brakes and rotors with e-brake adjustment.
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:26 AM   #296
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The hardest part for me was loosening the bolt on the glass. I had to spray WD40 and wait and had to grind the 8mm socket to make it flat. But got the job done in about 2 hours. Saved $$$$$$$.
Thank you!

One touch Auto up function was lost in the process. I had to reset it by turning the key to "On" position and hold the button down to all the way down and hold it up to all the way up and count ten and let go. And the one touch down and one touch up work again.

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Old 08-21-2009, 12:53 PM   #297
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Well, when the regulator came, the up and down leads were switched. I switched them to their rightful leads, but now it won't go up automatically. Anyone have a fix? It only goes up when I pulled it up to the second click (the automatic one)
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:54 PM   #298
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The hardest part for me was loosening the bolt on the glass. I had to spray WD40 and wait and had to grind the 8mm socket to make it flat. But got the job done in about 2 hours. Saved $$$$$$$.
Thank you!

One touch Auto up function was lost in the process. I had to reset it by turning the key to "On" position and hold the button down to all the way down and hold it up to all the way up and count ten and let go. And the one touch down and one touch up work again.
ten seconds each?
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I can't figure out how to reset my auto up.


edit: I fikst it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:08 AM   #300
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I just bought the new regulator to replace my broken one. Does the position of the window have to be synced (matched) to the motor position:

i.e. window all the way up and motor to its most-clockwise
or window all the way down and motor to its most-counterclockwise

If the window has a "closed" and "bottomed-out" sensor, then this would not be necessary.

Just don't want to ruin my motor or new regulator.
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