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Old 04-08-2010, 05:18 PM   #401
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So I attempte to replace my regulator today on my drivers side door, and those two bolts made me
call it quits after about 2 hours. So what's the verdict on how
to get those out of there? I'm talking about the bolts that hold the regulator clamped to the window, mentioned a few posts above. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:34 PM   #402
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So I attempte to replace my regulator today on my drivers side door, and those two bolts made me
call it quits after about 2 hours. So what's the verdict on how
to get those out of there? I'm talking about the bolts that hold the regulator clamped to the window, mentioned a few posts above. Thanks for any help.
Were you able to access them? You have to move the window up and down some to get to them if I recall correctly. The heads on the botls are thin and you need to use a small driver/socket.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:42 PM   #403
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Yeah I managed to get to them both, I first tried a regular 8 mm socket, then again with an extension. Then a nut driver and I ended up stripping the head on one somewhat, and couldn't budge the other. The heads are just so shallow. A shop nearby quoted me 125 to replace the regulator so I'm definitely looking to find a way to get these bolts out.
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Old 04-10-2010, 01:18 PM   #404
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Yeah I managed to get to them both, I first tried a regular 8 mm socket, then again with an extension. Then a nut driver and I ended up stripping the head on one somewhat, and couldn't budge the other. The heads are just so shallow. A shop nearby quoted me 125 to replace the regulator so I'm definitely looking to find a way to get these bolts out.
I had the same issue -- stripped and completely seized. I even drilled three small holes in bolt head and hammered in a slotted screwdriver -- still no luck. After some head scratching, I was able to ziptie the regulator on both sides without removing the bolt. I was able to remove the bolts on the other door to inspect how it was constructed and found out that if you did need to get those bolts out, you could drill out the entire bolt. You wouldn't need to worry about ruining the threaded nut on the back because you can just buy a replacement (it snaps into the glass of the window - red piece)
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:15 PM   #405
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I just did the same thing you thought of, tfox. Except after I secured everything with my fantastic and indestructible zipties, the plastic brackets decided to:



So now I'm back at the stuck bolt you guys are talking about. If I can't get that thing out, I won't be able to change the regulators, and I'm really not looking forward to paying $200 for this nonsense.

Also does anyone know if there are aftermarket regulators NOT MADE OUT OF PLASTIC? I'm seeing some blurry product pictures online, but I'm not sure.

I never, ever want to replace the drivers window regulator again, ever. If this happens one more time I'm just buying a Caterham.

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Old 04-28-2010, 05:31 PM   #406
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Stick a knife behind the glass, use a mirror if you need to, and cut off the red plastic tentacles. Make sure to do all of them, and then just push this thing out towards you.

Don't forget to order this replacement along with that new bolt:

http://www.autopartsway.com/autopart...20Sedan~282228














YEAH WHAT NOW, WHAT NOW, YOU CAN'T WINDOW REGULATE DICK, *****, I SLAUGHTERED YOUR ASS

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Old 04-28-2010, 06:22 PM   #407
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I just cried a single tear.... of joy. Well done sir.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:17 PM   #408
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just changed out my driver side today thinking that it was the regulator but instead it was my stupid window button, the window keep going down when i went up and never went back up, but wasnt that hard thanks to the diy
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Old 05-08-2010, 08:23 AM   #409
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Carmax just replaced all four regulators in my car, I'm so happy about this because the windows work well regardless but my mechanic went ahead and replaced them only because they made noise. I guess when they start making noise, they tend to fail soon. So all in all I saved like $600 thanks to the extended warranty.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:51 PM   #410
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This is great! I did this repair this weekend in less than 2 hours, and everything works great. excellent post, pics, and saved me a lot of $. Bravo
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:24 PM   #411
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Great DIY - thanks. I replaced my LR regulator and it was a breeze. One thing I learned that might be helpful to the group - removal of the door panel is a little different than other cars I've worked on. Instead of the top of the panel needing to slide up once the lower connectors have been popped out of the door, the top is also held on by connectors that pop straight out.

The DIY explains the door panel removal correctly. My predisposition from working on other cars is what caused me a few unnecessary minutes of frustration.

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:31 PM   #412
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Great DIY - thanks. I replaced my LR regulator and it was a breeze. One thing I learned that might be helpful to the group - removal of the door panel is a little different than other cars I've worked on. Instead of the top of the panel needing to slide up once the lower connectors have been popped out of the door, the top is also held on by connectors that pop straight out.

The DIY explains the door panel removal correctly. My predisposition from working on other cars is what caused me a few unnecessary minutes of frustration.

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Indeed. BMW The "Unique Driving Machine" LOL I found a lot of things different, but somehow it all works.
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Old 05-15-2010, 04:55 PM   #413
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Good looking out elbee!!

My front passenger regulator busted on me and I was fortunate to come across this DIY thread. I replaced my regulator with the aid of the helpful pictures. I actually scored on both OEM front passenger regulators for $60 together. Some guy locally bought the pair new but then his car was totalled.

I wanted to contribute helpful tips that may help others. If already posted then disregard:

1. First call some local dealers to double check if they sell the rumored "steel stamped clip" as opposed to the steel/plastic version kown to break. If the steel version does exist then that would be the perfect solution otherwise...
2. During the modification process, ensure the zip ties are snug with no movement. Ensure clearance as the clip needs to glide up and down the rails with no obstruction.
3. Easy way to remove the 2 bolts that attach the clips to the window- I used a screwdriver accepting removable bits. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the bit I used. It connects to the end of my screwdriver and surrounds the "bolts" all the way around like a wratchet bit would. Anyways I applied pressure pushing into the door while carefully unscrewed the stuborn bolts to ensure no stripping. (loosened in 10 seconds each)
4. My car has tint so I made sure the tinted area was leveled evenly on before putting everything back into place.
5. Perfect time to replace/upgrade door speakers
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:18 PM   #414
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Someone may have mentioned this but don't get an aftermarket window regulator. I got one for $65 at ****************** and it broke after two days. I got one from the parts section of a bmw dealer and with a club discount it was the same as it is online. It works better.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:23 PM   #415
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Help accidentally unplug my airbag, n now my airbag ligth is on the dash
need a diy for resetting the airbag ligth!!!!??
Some one help....
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:53 PM   #416
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Help accidentally unplug my airbag, n now my airbag ligth is on the dash
need a diy for resetting the airbag ligth!!!!??
Some one help....
Should have disconnected your battery first. Find someone that has an airbag reset tool or...have a nice trip to the dealer.
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:39 AM   #417
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THANKS! Replaced the Left Side Regulator

Replaced RIGHT (passenger) side regulator:

I want to thank all the folks on this thread ( and E46 Fanatics ) for the helpful instructions. While my E46 was under warranty I had the window regulators replaced at least 5 times! Now I am not going to pay $130/HR labor to do this relatively easy fix.

Followed all the advice and tips. The hardest part was getting the door lock connector cable reseated. You have to hold the door panel close to the door and figure out how the damn thing snaps back in. Finally got it.

KEY: Disconnect battery to avoid what happened to others! Takes two minutes and a 10 MM socket.

One thing I did was go to the dealer before starting an purchased extra red clips, bolts and door clips in case any of them were broken. Only cost a few bucks but was good insurance. Turns out I did not need them but have them on hand for the next one

My front right (passenger) regulator was completely broken. The window could be moved by hand up and down because both metal barrels were missing so the cable was not attached to the carriers.

It was hot and humid out this morning in FL (pretty normal) so it took about 2.5 hours since I needed a couple of breaks to avoid passing out!

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Old 05-23-2010, 11:24 AM   #418
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KEY: Disconnect battery to avoid what happened to Rickna and others! Takes two minutes and a 10 MM socket.
This did not happen to me. Just giving advice to others. I'm smarter than that.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:49 PM   #419
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This did not happen to me. Just giving advice to others. I'm smarter than that.
Sorry, misread your post. You are clearly referring to others!
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:14 PM   #420
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Sorry, misread your post. You are clearly referring to others!
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