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Old 10-02-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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DIY help request door actuator

Hello everyone, I purchased a 2002 325i for my daughter. I received only one remote and it didn't work. that was ok as long as the key opened the door, but that stopped working. I found that the lock itself was ok, and ordered a new driver door actuator. I got the door panel off fine, but can't figure out how to move the window frame enough to get the actuator out. I removed the two obvious 10mm bolts, but the frame is still attached to the window and will not pivot. I can't find any diy for disconnecting the frame from the window. if someone could let me know how to do this without causing any damage, I would really appreciate the help. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Here you go! http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=242785
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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you have to remove the window off the guide. there's a bolt with a red clip> remove it and pull the window up, and that'll do the trick..
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:43 PM   #4
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the window bolt

Haurelio, that sounds exactly like what i have to do, but at the risk of sounding foolish how do i get to it? When i lowered the window a little i can see a gray plastic piece which covers what looks like about a 6mm bolt that definately goes through the window, but there is no room to get a open end wrench in there. the other diy's say you need to access a reverse torx size seven, through a small access hole you line up, but that can't be for the 2002 325i, it just dosen't look the same. Please reply when possible, i know i can handle the rest of the job if i can only get that bolt out to give me enough room to wiggle the actuator out, i'm just afraid to break the window and lose all the money i saved on the diy buying a new one.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #5
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look at step 13 on this. http://www.bmwgm5.com/rear_window_regulator.htm

once you removed that bolt,(make sure you don't strip it). pull the window up, and lastly remove actuator.. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=600213.

I also removed the window regulator to get more space, don;t think is required though

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