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Old 04-20-2016, 08:40 PM   #1
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Rear Window Issues

I just got the 330Ci Convertible back on the road in time for a great stretch of weather here in Vancouver. When putting the top up I noticed that the rear drivers window was lagging behind the other windows. Normally it is just ahead of the front windows when going up.

My solution for now is just to drop the top and enjoy the summer weather, but it's nagging at me so I'd like to pull it apart and have a look.

I've looked around the forums and can't find any DIY for the rear window for a vert. Even the Bentley manual doesn't offer much help. All I've found is a couple of YouTube videos on removing the rear seat, rear panels and regulator.

Does anyone here have experience repairing the rear regulator? Since mine is still functioning I'm hoping just to grease things, and see if anything really needs to be replaced.

There are some repair kits available that are far cheaper than regulators but I've not been able to find one for the rear window on a convertible. Does anyone know if these might be available?

Thanks in advance for any help...I'll try and post some tips and pics as I work through this...
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:21 PM   #2
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I was able to pull everything apart enough to inspect the mechanism. Nothing looked broken and the cable appeared fine. With everything appart I tried the window and it went up and down fine.

After putting it all back together I tried again and it was worse than before.

I think I understand what is happening. There is a plate just under the trim that has some play back and forth which appears to control the distance between the inner window channel cover (according to RealOEM) and the outer weatherstrip. I must have put that back on a little closer than before.

I'll do it all again this weekend. For now the top is down which is fine with this great weather.
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