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Old 01-05-2010, 04:15 AM   #361
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i have to just give props to the original poster ,cause without this i would have been still trying to figure it out.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:06 PM   #362
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and how am I suppose to do that ?
with wire or something ?


Help I feel like a duke's of hazzard in my e46 now
Well got it fix
it was the door carrier.., I have never heard of a broken door carrier
it cost me $150 for parts n $50 on labour
I had my buddy that work on BMW dealership did it 4 me , an little side work
now it opens fine

well at least i can get in my car now... !
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:30 AM   #363
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Excellent Directions, but...

Hi:

This was an excellent DIY write up. The directions were excellent as were the photos. I ran into a problem when I tested the window. A plastic curved piece, about 18 inches long has fallen in the bottom of the door. I've posted pictures of it below. Can anyone tell me what it is, where it goes and where I can find some picture to see how it is installed? Pic posted below. Thanks!



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Old 01-12-2010, 10:19 AM   #364
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Looks almost like the cover that goes over the bowden cable. Tough to tell from the picture though.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #365
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BMW E46 front left regulator for 54.39 free shipping

Guys, has anyone had good success with regulators from ebay? Is it equal / better than the Original or OEM? regulator? Here is the seller that I'm considering to purchase my regulators from: foreigncarpartsonline

Here is the item:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...item334c97b240

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Old 01-16-2010, 11:20 AM   #366
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I got a front window regulator from FCP Groton via ebay. It worked fairly well for about 4 months. 2 weeks ago it took a dump. Stick with OEM. More expensive, but you won't have to do it twice like I did.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:57 PM   #367
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Rick, thanks for suggestion. What are our best suppliers for OEM E46 window regulators?

At RM European they are 128$:
http://www.rmeuropean.com/part-Numbe..._E095124A.aspx

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I got a front window regulator from FCP Groton via ebay. It worked fairly well for about 4 months. 2 weeks ago it took a dump. Stick with OEM. More expensive, but you won't have to do it twice like I did.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:51 PM   #368
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morristown bmw has an ebaystore-great pricing.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT

$90 for OEM can't beat that.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:39 PM   #369
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Very nice pricing for original regulators!! Thanks....
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:16 AM   #370
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Don't ever buy off ebay..., got mine to work for about 2 weeks ..., now the have 2 do everything all over again...............!!!!!!
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:59 AM   #371
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Don't ever buy off ebay..., got mine to work for about 2 weeks ..., now the have 2 do everything all over again...............!!!!!!
Depends on the item & who is selling it.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:22 PM   #372
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I just added a link to this DIY as a good reference for someone else to use that asked about it... great work btw!!

One side-note for those that have yet to do this: make sure to have a deep 1/4" drive 10mm socket on hand to loosen the bolts holding the window in (Step 14 of original post), otherwise getting those two bolts loose will present quite the challenge. I had a 3/8" drive 10mm socket and it wasn't skinny & deep enough to fit back between the metal of the door to loosen the bolts... luckily my dad did and since then I've bought the socket and have used it at least once.
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:37 PM   #373
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Thank you so much for this write up. Took me a while but I made my way through it. The only problem I had was when I was done with everything, none of the door locks worked. About an hour later, the remote started working... Then the next day, the button on the middle console started working. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I have no idea what would cause this odd behavior.
I have also had a problem with my driver side door. When it's locked, I pull the handle once and it comes up a little but not all the way. I have to pull the handle, hold the lock that pops up and then pull the handle again. I haven't been able to find a post that discusses this yet. Maybe it's just my car...
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:38 PM   #374
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The only problem I had was when I was done with everything, none of the door locks worked. About an hour later, the remote started working... Then the next day, the button on the middle console started working. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I have no idea what would cause this odd behavior.
Power locks are controlled by the GM5. Could just be coincidence that they're starting to fail when you changed the regulator.
See thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=113239
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:44 PM   #375
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Help -- someone booby trapped it!!

Please Help. I've reached the stage where you need to loosen the two brackets that hold the glass. The left is fine -- comes loose easily. The right bracket (front driver side) 8mm bolt is stripped. I had a feeling someone had attempted this before.

I tried different size sockets -- no luck, just slipped or didn't fit. I found tiny vise grips -- still slipped off with a ton of pressure. I sprayed lube on the bolt -- no luck. I am seriously going to smash the window and rip the regulator out!!!

Is there any way you can complete the zip-tie fix without disconnecting the glass? If not, does anyone have any idea (no matter how crazy) that will help me get this bolt off? Is there any chance the stealership has a tool that will break it free?

This type of thing has temporarily crushed my DIY spirit. Please help.
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Try using a nut splitter.

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Try using a nut splitter.
An honest effort, but there's no way he's getting a nut splitter in there.

I know what you mean by "killing my DIY spirit." I ended up having to take my control arms into a shop to have them pull the ball joints--mine had never been replaced and had ten years to settle themselves in. They weren't particularly interested in going anywhere. Bummed me out. (I was pleased to learn that the guy at the shop had a hell of a time as well. Schadenfreude?) Don't give up, though.

You could try drilling it out, but you run the risk of breaking the glass. I can tell you that after replacing my driver's side regulator, I was able to zip-tie my passenger side (to reinforce them lest they inevitably fail) without removing the glass. It takes a needle-nose pliers (I used a pair of Kelly forceps) and some patience.

Also, if you were feeling particularly crafty, you could try using a drill bit on a dremel to grind the entire head of the bolt away, piece by piece. This, however, would require a steady hand, a sack lunch and a big set of balls. Good luck.
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An honest effort, but there's no way he's getting a nut splitter in there.

I know what you mean by "killing my DIY spirit." I ended up having to take my control arms into a shop to have them pull the ball joints--mine had never been replaced and had ten years to settle themselves in. They weren't particularly interested in going anywhere. Bummed me out. (I was pleased to learn that the guy at the shop had a hell of a time as well. Schadenfreude?) Don't give up, though.

You could try drilling it out, but you run the risk of breaking the glass. I can tell you that after replacing my driver's side regulator, I was able to zip-tie my passenger side (to reinforce them lest they inevitably fail) without removing the glass. It takes a needle-nose pliers (I used a pair of Kelly forceps) and some patience.

Also, if you were feeling particularly crafty, you could try using a drill bit on a dremel to grind the entire head of the bolt away, piece by piece. This, however, would require a steady hand, a sack lunch and a big set of balls. Good luck.
Now I understand the bolt you're talking about. Probably a Dremel with a carbide cutter would be the best then.
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Thanks for the input guys.

Although the nut splitter isn't a great fit for this problem, I have never seen those and will add it to my DIY arsenal.

It has been pouring rain in San Francisco since I reached my stalemate -- I'm glad I didn't smash the glass to show it who's boss! I am keen on attempting kroh's trick of doing the zip-tie fix without removing the glass. I noticed that while my window generally 'crunches' when I lower it about half way, if I stop it -- then raise it slightly -- then lower it again, it runs smoothly. This leads me to believe that my regulator is a perfect candidate for the zip-ties and the cable isn't severely kinked. I tracked down a schematic of the door regulator, and I'm thinking of trying to snap some pics with my hand in the door to give me a lay of the land.

Any foreseeable problems with this approach? Although it may take me 12 hours and 12 beers -- is the bracket accessible enough to do the zip-tie fix?

Update: I changed some light bulbs in the house to get my DIY mojo momentum back -- that was a close one!
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Any foreseeable problems with this approach? Although it may take me 12 hours and 12 beers -- is the bracket accessible enough to do the zip-tie fix?
You can totally do the zip-tie fix without removing the bracket as long as you have some appropriate pliers and patience. Alternatively, if you do get the bracket off, (and find that your regulator's cable is b0rked) I have a driver's side regulator I've already zip-tie'd that I'm not using. Pay the shipping and kick in some beer money, and I'll send it to you.
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