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Old 06-19-2004, 03:07 PM   #41
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Problem solved. I somehow missed the window control screw. I'm good now! Nice write up, I save a lot. Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2004, 04:17 PM   #42
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no problem my friends.... PM me if you guys have any more problems
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Old 06-23-2004, 10:44 AM   #43
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I did the front windows on my car. You will get the idea just by following this DIY for the rear doors. There is nothing that is too different. The hardest part of the whole install was getting the whole contraption out of the door because you have to angle it different ways to jiggle it out of there.

On a side note. I am kind of glad that BMW makes these windows the way that they do. I mean in Toyotas when your window breaks you have to replace the motor as well because it is attached to a little pin on a wire that pulls the window up and down. Sucks.
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I did the front windows on my car. You will get the idea just by following this DIY for the rear doors. There is nothing that is too different. The hardest part of the whole install was getting the whole contraption out of the door because you have to angle it different ways to jiggle it out of there.

On a side note. I am kind of glad that BMW makes these windows the way that they do. I mean in Toyotas when your window breaks you have to replace the motor as well because it is attached to a little pin on a wire that pulls the window up and down. Sucks.
i think thats what happened to my old 99 camry..... but i fixed that with the warranty...
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Old 06-23-2004, 01:26 PM   #45
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i think thats what happened to my old 99 camry..... but i fixed that with the warranty...
Thats what happened with my 93 camry.
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Old 06-24-2004, 04:37 PM   #46
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Nice thread. My right rear window regulator plastic piece that attaches to the window and allows the cable to pull the window up broke. With my BMWCCA discount, the regulator assembly only costs $67 from the dealer. I am going on vacation tomorrow for a week, but when I get back I am going to try the replacement.
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ok i have a ? i dont know if i need to do this to my car the front window will not go up i have to pull or it comes up off sides and i have to pull it. so do i need to get a new motor of just the window regulator
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ok i have a ? i dont know if i need to do this to my car the front window will not go up i have to pull or it comes up off sides and i have to pull it. so do i need to get a new motor of just the window regulator
That's exactly what happened to mine. see here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=175730 So.. is it most likely the regulator? If it is I could just replace it following these instructions.
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anyone have the part # for this thanks
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most likely the window regulator..... the motor is like a rock, it'll definitely not break.

i do not have the part number for the front, but you can look it up on the net .. search for bmw e46 window regulator ... most likely you'll find what you need, thats how i found it......

window regulator's replace: 6
i hate my windows! damnit
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:00 PM   #51
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Were there any warning signs that your window regulator was about to fail?

My passenger window makes a pop sound when going up. I'm wondering if I should dive in to see if something has come loose.

Also, how much is a new window regulator.

Thanks for the write-up.
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:01 PM   #52
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nope no warning signs.....

window regulators go for around 70-80 bucks
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is there anywhere to read about doing a regulator swap when you have side airbags? I'm pretty hesitant to mess with airbags...
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the front is almost identical with the back ones..... if you are scared that your airbag might pop, u can unplug your battery.... i haven't done the front yet either however if i were too (which will be soon), i will definetely unplug my battery before working with it....
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I did my front passenger side one with no problem. Just becareful with the airbag when unscrewing it. I just unscrewedit (did not unplug it) and just set it on the bottom of the door. Not too difficult..
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Thumbs Up Just replaced Regulator

I've been monitoring this thread for awhile. Good instructions! Was sort of reluctant to do the procedure myself. But after reminding myself I have spent a few hundred bucks to replace a couple regulators by the dealership and indi shops I decided to do this myself. I searched google and found this site: http://www.auto-parts-wholesale.com/...regulator.html
$72.90 for one and free ground shipping! Well, got finished replacing the right rear regulator. Was easier then I thought! I guess I could buy 10 of these and keep them on hand just in case
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hahaha ... awesome... i have 3 spare ones in my garage haha
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This is awesome I need to do this on my rear window, so when you order the regulartor what comes in the package, the whole thing track, spool and cable?
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This is awesome I need to do this on my rear window, so when you order the regulartor what comes in the package, the whole thing track, spool and cable?
It's all one peice. Has the cable attached to the regulator. Very lightweight
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It's all one peice. Has the cable attached to the regulator. Very lightweight

Awesome I am buying one today, I already had to take the door apart anyway to get the window back up so replacing the regulator will be easy
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