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Old 10-01-2006, 03:54 PM   #81
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what number is it? 2?
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Old 10-02-2006, 04:00 PM   #82
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what number is it? 2?
Yes, looks like that to me. Parts 2,3 and 4 all go together to hold the window in place.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:25 AM   #83
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Two weeks ago I did this repair to both of my front windows. The passenger side worked until last thursday, until I heard a grinding and then the window would no longer go up or down. I figured the zipties must have broken off, but when I took the door panels off I discovered the cable was sticking out of the side of the spool between the spool and the metal, and the cable had come off of the smaller spools as well. It was a mess. My work is next door to a BWM dealer, so I went next store and just bought a whole new regulator. I was expecting to pay over $100 for it based on the posts I read here, but it was only $83, and since I work for a leasing company who has an account there, it only ended up being $61. So if you are needing to purchase a new regulator, you might want to shop around.
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:31 PM   #84
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... Apparently, the regulator itself is still fine. However, there is a plastic piece that connects the regulator directly to the window glass, and this plastic thing broke....they ended up using some high-strength glue to fix this plastic piece...
THE GOOD NEWS: that "glue-job" is still holding up, and my rear right window has been working fine so far.

THE BAD NEWS: My front passenger window started making clicking noises when it's being lowered. Ahhhh, great.. fix one up, the next one is about to die!! $#%^$%$#

Anyways, the window goes up and down, seals without problems, etc. The CLICK noise is not constant, and it would happen, let's say, 3-4 times total during the entire time that the window takes to be lowered down [almost] completely. Also, I see that it makes somewhat of a tilt (slight) while it's lowered but then it jumps back on track.

What do you guys think? Zip-tie fix (since it's at front this time)? Or more serious than that?
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Old 10-24-2006, 07:56 PM   #85
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Mine is doing the same thing... haven't had time to look at it though.
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:44 AM   #86
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My advice, same as in my original post on my zip tie fix, is to zip tie all windows, before the clips break.

As you can see, this is a pretty common problem. BMW certaily dropped the ball on this one. (Maybe I should send them a case of zip ties ).
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:54 PM   #87
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the bolts connecting the window to the regular are so shallow and tight! anyone got it them out correctly? how do i removed stripped bolts?
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Old 11-01-2006, 09:58 PM   #88
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dont want to sound stupid, but I read the diy and i understand taking it all apart but what do you do with the zip ties on the regulator, there was nothing said about what to do once you have it apart, i am a little bit confused, and my drivers side front window goes down fine but on the way up it struggles very slowly and I need to help it up, is this even the regulator?
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:06 AM   #89
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As per my original instuctions, here,

http://www.skene.org/bmw/window/index.html

you secure the cable to the window bracket with the zip ties, as shown in the following photo. This keeps the metal clip that is crimped onto the cable from slipping out of the bracket.

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Old 11-11-2006, 01:07 PM   #90
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Thanks for all the info!

Wanted to thank all the contributors to this thread. I did front passenger and rear driver side this past week. My rear one broke and window went down, the front one was making impending doom noises. The rear window was simple, the hardest part is getting the foam off. Front passenger was a little harder but only because of the airbag. All in all everything turned out great and my windows work. Again, thank you all, if it wasn't for the forum, I really doubt I would have attempted it..

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Old 11-13-2006, 07:40 PM   #91
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Hopefully people are still reading this many pages into the thread and can answer my question without me having to start a new thread.

Ok, so this weekend I delved into this DIY since my front right window has been making that god awful scratching noise. I got it all apart and got the whole regulator contraption out of the door and inspected the little plastic slider clip thing that the cable goes through and people have been applying zip ties to. One of them was fine (the front one) and the back one just had a slight crack right in same spot that Skene's DIY pic shows.

So anyways, I applied the zip ties to both locations on both of these slider clip things. I put everything I needed to back together to test the window however, ....same problem. In fact, the sreeching and scratching now seems worse and there are now a couple of popping noises as I move the window up/down. that I didn't have before. As I said, there was only a small crack in one of the plastic clips and the little metal crimp on the cable seemed to stay in place well. I should also note that my cable seems in good shape (this is a '99) and the pulleys look fine (as opposed to some other posters who have reported problems in these areas)

So, what is everyone's opinion? Do you think I need a new motor, a new regulator contraption or do you think I botched the zip tie fix? I'll also note that the noise is coming from the front end of the door which is where the motor is and it's also the end that has the plastic clip which looks just fine on mine (as opposed to the slightly broken rear clip)

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Old 11-13-2006, 08:05 PM   #92
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If both clips of the regulator are zip tied and it is still making a noise I would suggest getting a new regulator. Start there and if it still persists then maybe someone more skilled than myself could give you some insight.

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EWEIS - I think you need a new regulator which your dealer has for about $90 or $70 with CCA discount. I fixed one regulator on my car with a zip tie without a problem recently. Then my friend's regulator broke and we tried the zip tie fix only to find the same noises you are describing after putting most stuff together. Went to the dealer, picked up the new regulator and installed it - everything worked perfectly after that. So the zip tie fix is definitely not for everybody, but is worth a shot. The one i fixed on my car is holding up very well still.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:11 PM   #94
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If both clips of the regulator are zip tied and it is still making a noise I would suggest getting a new regulator. Start there and if it still persists then maybe someone more skilled than myself could give you some insight.
If i read his post correctly, he did zip tie in both locations (i.e. 4 zip ties all together). So i think he just needs to get the new regulator.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:46 AM   #95
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Thanks for the input folks. I guess the concensus is: new regulator. I'll go ahead and get one ordered today.

Looks like pelicanparts.com is about the best deal including shipping (free). Let me know if there's a better source.
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:25 AM   #96
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Just order window regulator from circlebmw.com for $71 each!!! Will replace mine this weekend. Thanks for diy guys!!!!
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:47 PM   #97
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Hi Jim,
I am sorry this happened. I never disconnected the airbag so I didn't have the same experience. Did this happen even though the battery was unplugged? In other words, was there anytime the airbag was unplugged and the battery was connected. I am just curious, because Ritchie unplugged his airbag and didn't seem to have a problem. I have seen threads where people have talked about the reset tool. You should be able to find one.
I am just gonna piggyback on this statement. My airbag light came on while the baterry was still connected. What woudbe the best course of action to fix this without purchasing a reset tool.

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i purchased a driver side window regulator and after 2 days, the cables got all tangled up inside the cylinder. I surely will return this to Bavarina auto for refund. BTW I coud not wait for xchange so i bought one in te dealership for 90 bucks.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:24 PM   #99
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can somebody tell me why the driver side will not raise up but it goes down when i press the console window button?
bad regulator. thats what happened to mein the beginning and finay quit on me. i replaced the regulator purchased from the dealer and it is perfecty fine like brand new. so smooth raising up and down.
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Old 11-16-2006, 07:33 AM   #100
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On the regulator I'm replacing, there is some sort of grease all over the regulator. I assume people are therefore re-applying grease to their new regulator. If so, what type of grease is recommended? (I think I have a can of lithium based grease =good?) Or, is there maybe a grease packet included with the replacement part??
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