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Old 08-04-2010, 11:30 AM   #441
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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!
I had a clunk and a rattle in my driver door after I did this DIY.
I unbelievably left a small screwdriver inside the door.
Could something have dropped inside??
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:41 PM   #442
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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!
Obviously the red clip that connects the window to the regulator hasn't sat properly. This is a critical step that gave me headaches this last weekend when I did both front regulators. The red clip must sit outside the metal carrier of the regulator (and not between the carrier and the rest of the regulator's body). This clip has a little lip that must sit inside the round hole of the metal carrier. The screw must sit inside the open hole which lies just above. To do all this properly you must loosen completely the screw that connects the red clip to the window. I am not sure how to describe this better in words. I did both regulators and the windows function perfectly.

I also took the chance to apply some dynamat panels inside the doors for noise insulation and what I got as a bonus is a significant improvement in the sound I am getting from the crappy BMW front speakers. Go figure...
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:24 PM   #443
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So my son was playing with the right rear window and it happened to break when he was using it. I panicked and called BMW. They couldn't get me in for 6 days. I didn't want to drive around with an open window (of course I had pushed the window all the way down - will remember not to do that the next time) so I took a chance and looked on this site for DIY instructions. Just wanted to give props to Elbee. Awesome write-up as many have already said. My experience differed a little from the write-up only in that it was the right rear window. There was no air bag in my 2001 330xi. The metal carrier was all the way down so I didn't know where to look for that 8mm bolt that needed the socket extension. Also, I couldn't move my window up at all, so I loosened the bolts to the regulator and luckily I was then able to move the window up enough to recognize the 8mm bolt and the red clip that attaches to the end of the window. In the rear door, there's no need to line up the holes in the door with the 8mm bolt. Also, the motor in my case was held tight in the regulator because the cable had wrapped itself around it multiple times. I wasn't sure why it was so hard to twist the motor off the regulator as there was no indication on the post that it would be that difficult.

I also found it hard to get the 8mm bolt back into the carrier without dropping it a million times. I resorted to using a small magnet (actually one from an old window shutter) to guide it into position before using the socket extension to tighten it. Overall a very easy fix. It took me 2 hours but should be much faster the next time round.

Thanks again.

Can't believe this thread is still active after 4+ years.

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Old 08-11-2010, 06:55 AM   #444
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Nice write up... Rear driver window shot!
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #445
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Obviously the red clip that connects the window to the regulator hasn't sat properly. This is a critical step that gave me headaches this last weekend when I did both front regulators. The red clip must sit outside the metal carrier of the regulator (and not between the carrier and the rest of the regulator's body). This clip has a little lip that must sit inside the round hole of the metal carrier. The screw must sit inside the open hole which lies just above. To do all this properly you must loosen completely the screw that connects the red clip to the window. I am not sure how to describe this better in words. I did both regulators and the windows function perfectly.

I also took the chance to apply some dynamat panels inside the doors for noise insulation and what I got as a bonus is a significant improvement in the sound I am getting from the crappy BMW front speakers. Go figure...
Thanks, I'll try to re-seat it again. Stupid windows...
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:39 PM   #446
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Ok so I tried to zip tie mine and I FAILED, Now im waiting on the regulator to come, right before i put every thing back, the air bag cable got off and the light is on , Any fix for the air bag light. Please help
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:43 AM   #447
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Ok so I tried to zip tie mine and I FAILED, Now im waiting on the regulator to come, right before i put every thing back, the air bag cable got off and the light is on , Any fix for the air bag light. Please help

Tischer (www.getBMWparts.com) has brand new OEM regulators for $90.00 on sale now.

The airbag light needs a special tool. It is different than a code reading tool. You'll need to go to the dealer or an indy who can reset the light. No other way. You need the tool.

Next time you do the regulator, disconnect the NEG terminal and once reconnected at the end of the repair, WAIT at least 10 minutes before starting the car. This will prven the airbag light from illuminating.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:33 PM   #448
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Tischer (www.getBMWparts.com) has brand new OEM regulators for $90.00 on sale now.

The airbag light needs a special tool. It is different than a code reading tool. You'll need to go to the dealer or an indy who can reset the light. No other way. You need the tool.

Next time you do the regulator, disconnect the NEG terminal and once reconnected at the end of the repair, WAIT at least 10 minutes before starting the car. This will prven the airbag light from illuminating.
I don't see that price, link?
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:54 PM   #449
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I don't see that price, link?

Go to "www.getBMW Parts.com"

Click on "BMW Accessories/Specials"

Click on "E46 Fanatics"

Page through the 5 pages or so (the order seems ot change) until you come across the OEM window regulators.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:31 PM   #450
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Thank you , my window failed today,fixed it with this method ,works now
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:13 PM   #451
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I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. The drivers side window regulator went out today... Time to start searching online and see who has the best price. But first I'll crack it open and see if the zip tie thing will work for me.

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Old 08-21-2010, 06:52 PM   #452
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Yep. The ziptie trick worked. Much cheaper than buying a new window regulator!
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:27 AM   #453
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I followed this guide on the passenger's side window of my RHD car (in the UK). The zip tie method worked perfectly, thank you so much!!
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:41 PM   #454
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Great DIY.

Did this yesterday to my drivers side door. My problem was one of the screws holding the window to the regulator was loose, causing the window to go down uneven.

Figured I add the zip-ties as pm. Took me a little over 2 hours, taking my time. Next door will be much quicker now.

As an added bonus, I thought my upper tweeter speaker was blown (hadn't worked since I got the car). When I peeled off the vapor barrier there it was, just hanging there. So now my window functions properly and my tunes sound better
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:32 AM   #455
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Another good maker of quality regulators appears to be Dorman (and less expensive than BMW and Tischer it appears). I haven't used them myself yet (I used the ziptie method), but may give them a try when the time comes. Here is a short discussion of them:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...man+regulators

You can also buy them at Amazon. For example, here is one for the front drivers side ($57.13 and free shipping as of date of this writing):
http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-Solutio...2559347&sr=1-3

The Dormans apparently come with a limited lifetime warranty.

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:46 AM   #456
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Well I'm disappointed! The zip tie trick (a total of 4 on both cable stops) on the drivers door allowed me to roll my window up and down a total of 3 1/2 times. Meaning the last time I tried rolling my window back up from about the half way point I heard the housing for the cable stop snap.

Instead of buying a new window regulator I ordered some of these (even for the windows that haven't failed me yet) to see how long they will last: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:49 PM   #457
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Does this zip tie repair apply to rear windows also??
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:07 AM   #458
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Does this zip tie repair apply to rear windows also??
No.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:15 AM   #459
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I just want to thank elbee and everyone that posted in this thread. My driverside rear door quit yesterday morning on the way to work. On my way home from work I stopped by the parts store and picked up a regulator and some torx tools. One hour later I was done and my window works great. This morning was a massive rainstorm so I'm sure glad i had the info in this thread showing me step by step and what tools I would need or i never would've got it done.

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Old 09-22-2010, 03:39 PM   #460
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Does this zip tie repair apply to rear windows also??

No.

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How about coupes? Are the instructions by the OP the same for a passenger side coupe door?

Just the other day I was rolling down the window and heard a click/crack. After that it still seems to work totally normally though ( I tried it up/down several times).

I mmediately thought "window regulator!" after reading about them all the time on here, haha! It seems that side failure may be imminent (unless it was something else that caused the noise). My car is very low mileage so it seems a pity to fail like that if it indeed does.
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