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Old 02-18-2012, 11:55 AM   #561
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That's becuz your door is open, it's a BMW safety deal, close your door and you will be all set.
weird. mine works open or close.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:17 PM   #562
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I'm fixing mine right now. I was going to do the zip tie fix, but the string was all tangled and messed up. Looks like I will have to buy a new regulator. If anyone is parting out or selling their old one(still works), let me know
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:55 AM   #563
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:30 PM   #564
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Thanks Elbee!

Was'nt looking forward to this really, but your post made it farily easy!
Finished in under 2 hrs.

Ripped the vapor barrier a couple small spots but slathered some RTV on it-should be fine.

Bought a set of trim pry tools beforehand and those are real helpful too.

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Old 03-18-2012, 10:10 PM   #565
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Thanks Elbee.

I just had this problem for the first time in ten years of owning my car. The rear passenger window went down and then the grinding sound and it wouldn't go up. Took the panel off and the cable was broken & tangled. Since it was Sunday, the only place I could find a new regulator was at NAPA. I put it in and it works perfectly. It might not be as good as OEM and is made in Taiwan, but the guy said it has a limited lifetime warranty so as long as I own the car, they'll replace the part for free.

One problem I did have was getting the switch out of the door handle. When I got it out it came out in pieces. I was able to put it back together again and it works, so all is well.

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Old 03-21-2012, 09:22 AM   #566
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I read through a bunch of these pages but not all of them. Sounds like mine may be the motor? I was lowering my windows (e46 M3 coupe) and paused them half way. Except only my driver's side paused. My passenger front window went all the way down and now won't move AT ALL. No previous sounds/noises... as well as no crashing sound. Also, there is also only a tiny click sound when I press the button. No grinding or other noises can be heard.

Do you think this is the motor? Please help asap as I'm trying to make an M3 meet by Saturday! Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:46 AM   #567
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Did you check your fuses?
It may be the switch, try swopping them out with the other side.

Other than that - the Only way to find out for sure.. is to remove the door panel and take a look.
NOTE: Be careful around the airbags & its sensors, disconnect the battery first.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:19 AM   #568
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No! I didn't... sh!t already ordered a motor via 2nd day air. Where are the fuses located? Part #s?
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #569
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Just did mine with this guide, switch works in the opposite way now though (up is down and down is up), any easy fix for this?
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:28 AM   #571
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Just did mine with this guide, switch works in the opposite way now though (up is down and down is up), any easy fix for this?
Did you disconnect the regulator motor? You might have managed to connect the wiring backwards somehow.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:05 AM   #572
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I used these instructions yesterday to do my 1st DIY project on the E46. Went smoothly and all works great now after replacing the window regulator.
Thank you for such great step-by-step instructions.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:42 AM   #573
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I did my rear window yesterday with the non oem from bavauto. The guy said the non oem were made in Germany and you couldn't tell the difference. It went in with no problems. I couldn't figure out how to disconnect the yellow plug for the airbag so I just hung it up out of the way. The battery was disconnected. It does seem the window struggles a little to go up. Down is smooth and quick. Just waiting for the passenger regulator to come. That one is about to go also.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:44 AM   #574
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Okay, my left side rear window's regulator broke it's plastic pulley wheel and was replaced (thanks for the step-by-step how to take the door panel off). I own a 2002 325i and the regulator which was different than the ones pictured in the beginning of this thread seamed to be rather easy. When I reconnected the wire harness back to the window motor and reconnected the neg terminal of the battery and tried all the window switches around the stick shift all the windows were working except the one with the bad regulator. Forgetting that the fuses could have been an issue and thinking that I somehow burnt the window motor up I got a replacement window motor. Replaced the motor and the door is still dead. I wired everything back up including the window switch on the door and even the speaker wires and still dead. It feels like there's no power going to the motor. I checked the fuses (fuse 71 I think) and the fuse was good... help! I thought this project was going to be an hour or less but has become a pain. Did I forget something? When the window motor(s) were pulled out the window was free to move up and down by my hands helping, so not an issue. I don't get any reaction from either the switch on the door OR the switch around the stick shift...
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took me 20 minutes to get the battery cover off just to realize I didn't have my 10mm socket ill start tomorrow...
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:14 AM   #576
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I forgot to do the second part of 18, zip tying the cable back on to the door... is that going to be a problem?
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:52 PM   #577
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i have make it today it take me to much time to remove all the things and than this 2 bolts in the window they were to tightent and it takes me time to take them out and to put then again.
Now its functionin properly like new

thank you very very much for this how to
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:25 PM   #578
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:03 PM   #579
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How much would this cost for a shop to do? I have major problem my pass window,
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:36 PM   #580
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GREAT write up, I am female also and going to attempt this fix this weekend. It my passenger window with the issue I will try the fix before I buy a regulator.
I can turn a wrench and completed a few repairs on this car so I will give this a shot. THANKS, and good luck to me
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