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Old 08-05-2015, 12:28 AM   #1
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Front driver's side window goes up and down some but not all the way up or down

Need some help figuring out how to fix this. My driver's side window goes abut 6 inches up and down but it wont go all he way up or all of the way down. Do I need a new window regulator? I am no mechanic but I know a mechanic who may be able to install a new window regulator if that is what I need. The worst part is I can't afford a new window regulator right now but I have a mechanic who may be able to take a look at it. What do you think is wrong with my window and how do I fix it?
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:21 AM   #2
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Hi Ron,

Some time ago I had an E39 and I had the exact same problem. There was a broken part of the 'driver' (not sure if it's called that) where the cable goes through. The broken piece was stuck there and it was blocking the movement of the cable - therefore the window was going down just a little and then it was getting blocked. It was also able to get back up to the top position. My solution was to replace the whole window regulator, but it might be possible to replace just the 'driver' (they are plastic and brake with the time).

The easiest that you can do before going to the mechanic (by the way, you can also replace it yourself) is to remove the door panel (there many tutorials on the internet, also videos on youtube) and have it checked. Just remember to unplug the battery before starting (if you have airbags in the door). When I had the problem, I couldn't see it, but I was able to feel the broken part - just touch around with your hands and you'll spot if something is wrong.

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