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Old 05-24-2010, 10:18 PM   #421
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ONE TOUCH UP or DOWN FIX

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i just did my front passenger, wish i knew about the ziptie method before, anyways....my "one touch-button" feature doesnt work anymore when the window goes up, but it goes down on the one touch....also...my powerlock on that side stopped working, could it be a fuse....need to reprogram something...or did i just break it =\
Sometimes you need to reset the "one touch" feature:

Press and HOLD DOWN the window button while the window goes down and KEEP HOLDING DOWN the button for about 5 seconds after the window stops moving. Then PULL UP and KEEP HOLDING the button in the UP position for about 5 seconds after the window stops moving. This needs to be done to each window switch that has lost the auto up/down feature. This works for the moonroof, too!

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Old 05-24-2010, 10:29 PM   #422
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raised from the dead

I thought I was replying to a post that was a couple of weeks old....not FOUR YEARS OLD! Didn't see the other 21 pages of replies. My bad!
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #423
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Reconnecting the door latch cable...Help!

Is there some secrete to getting this thing reconnected? I managed to strip off the plastic covering already and just about had it! Can someone please shed some light on this.
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:51 AM   #424
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Regulator or Simple zip tie modification??

During last winter my driver side was repaired by an indie shop because the window glass fell into the door & would no longer roll up... ouch was the cost !!

My passenger side window has just dropped into the door !
Should I purchase the window regulator because it no longer rolls up??
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:05 PM   #425
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You may be able to repair it using the method described.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:37 PM   #426
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Hello-

This is my first post on this forum. My car (my daughter's, actually) is a pristine 04 325i with 86K miles we just purchased. I have a question about the zip tie fix, and pardon me if it's been asked and answered before:

Since the regulators seem to be a major weak spot on these cars, with failure a seeming inevetibility, can the zip tie method be used as a preventative measure to help prevent a future failure on a regulator that is currently working fine? My concern is that if I wait until they start failing, there is a finite possibility that a badly broken regulator may not be fixable.

Also, if my only goal is to install the zip ties in the vulnerable spots on the regulators, does the regulator still have to be removed?

And finally, does the zip tie trick work on the back regulators, or only the fronts? Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:01 PM   #427
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Yes, the zip tie fix can be used as a preventative measure, and is advised.

Regarding the rear windows, I have heard that some model years may use a different regulator design. It's not hard to pull the rear door panel of and take a look, after you have done the front windows and know what the regulator looks like.

Or you could browse you year's fiche drawings here:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do

and see if the front and rear look similar.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:16 PM   #428
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You have to remove them to put the zip ties in
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:26 PM   #429
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #430
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Are there any suggestion - one of the bolts that holds the brackets to the regulator would not loosen and after several attempts it seems that one or two points of the bolt is either chipped or stripped. I do not want to continue and create more a difficult issue ... HELP!!
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:04 PM   #431
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Window regulator braket bolt problem

Are there any suggestion - one of the bolts that holds the brackets to the regulator would not loosen and after several attempts it seems that one or two points of the bolt is either chipped or stripped. I do not want to continue and create more a difficult issue ... HELP!
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:22 PM   #432
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Have you tried any type of penetrating oil? I have used Deep-Creep for losening bolts, works great.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:25 PM   #433
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I'm in the process of pre-emptively zip-tying my regulator clips, and I have the vapor barrier off. Looking at the clip where I would attach the zip ties, and comparing to Jerry Skene's write-up, I've noticed several things, which lead to the following questions:

1) The clip assembly on my '04 325i looks different than Jerry's, which is from an '00 328i (no big surprise, I guess). On mine, there is a "third clip", which is located almost exactly where the left black zip tie is shown in the close-up on page 3 of the write-up. My guess is that this clip was added to bolster the thing, but it doesn't seem to have helped much, as the car has gone through three regulators for the previous owner.

2) In reading through this very long thread, I thought I read that it isn't possible to attach the zip ties without removing the regulator. But on my car, if I understand the procedure correctly, it looks like it would be very easy to do that. All it appears l I have to do is move the window to a position where the clip assembly is visible through the holes in the frame, and then thread the zip tie through the hole in the silver-colored metal bracket behind the cable, and wrap it around the cable. I don't understand why anyone would remove the regulator to pre-emptively attach the zip ties (unless you needed to because your reguator was already broken).

OK, I'm on my way to Home Depot to buy some new zip ties. If nobody responds by the time I get back, I'll go ahead and wrap the cables, and hope I'm understanding this correctly. Thanks in advance.

Edit: I just saw in Post #309(!) that somebody came to the same conclusion I did. OK, I feel better. This makes the job of pre-emptively zip-tying a regulator truly a piece of cake. Too bad the rears aren't zip-tie-able, or I'd pre-emptively do all four doors.

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:33 AM   #434
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Thanks Elbee for this post, it was very helpful! I fixed mines earlier today and I have to mention that I am a female. It was scary, but so easy! So, if I can do it anyone can! I have seen the zip tie trick in another site/video also, but with more details and with it all combined it was a lot more helpful.

I also figured out cutting a few steps - without having to remove the airbag and regulator. After already fixing it, I notice I did the same thing that post #433 did and he also referred to post #309 who also came across the same conclusion! I was too excited and went straight to it after reading the actual post and only scanned through the first few replies to see if it worked for others since there were so many replies! Crazy how I found out the tiny shortcuts when I was getting ready to give up, because I was too afraid of removing the airbag! But then again, I got lucky I didn't have to take the regulator out, it could be a different situation for others!

Overall, it saved me hundreds of $!!! Let's see how long this zip tie success will last for!
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:56 PM   #435
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will this work on the rear window 2?
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:58 PM   #436
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will this work on the rear window 2?
The zip tie fix doesn't work on the rears. You will need a new assembly for the rears.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:00 PM   #437
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Thanks Elbee for this post, it was very helpful! I fixed mines earlier today and I have to mention that I am a female. It was scary, but so easy! So, if I can do it anyone can! I have seen the zip tie trick in another site/video also, but with more details and with it all combined it was a lot more helpful.

I also figured out cutting a few steps - without having to remove the airbag and regulator. After already fixing it, I notice I did the same thing that post #433 did and he also referred to post #309 who also came across the same conclusion! I was too excited and went straight to it after reading the actual post and only scanned through the first few replies to see if it worked for others since there were so many replies! Crazy how I found out the tiny shortcuts when I was getting ready to give up, because I was too afraid of removing the airbag! But then again, I got lucky I didn't have to take the regulator out, it could be a different situation for others!

Overall, it saved me hundreds of $!!! Let's see how long this zip tie success will last for!
So glad to hear that another female e46 owner attempted this and succeeded!

Please post the link to the video. I'm sure it will help others as well!

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Old 08-02-2010, 02:20 PM   #438
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I replaced the rear passenger regulator yesterday per all the instructions here, much better then my Bentley manual. I felt so good about rear, I decided to do the front Zip tie fix... I had a couple of problems getting the window bolt off and on, but the whole process was successful. Thanks to all of you have gone before me and shared all of your work.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:50 AM   #439
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Hey guys. I did my front regulator. However the window glass doesn't retract all the way down. It has about a 1cm lip sticking out and makes a rattling sound when I close the door. Is there a proper procedure to how to get the window to sit in the right spot? Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #440
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So glad to hear that another female e46 owner attempted this and succeeded!

Please post the link to the video. I'm sure it will help others as well!

Hey elbee,

I loaded your DIY into my iPhone and it was very helpful in accomplishing the drivers regulator.

Thanks for posting!!!
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