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Old 01-21-2015, 09:37 AM   #1
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Window Regulator Issue [SOLVED with Part#'s]

Hey guys,

I was in the process of replacing my window regulator with a Genuine BMW regulator (front right when looking from the rear), as my window was going slow up and down and clicking quite a bit.

The Genuine BMW replacement fits, but the window doesn't slide in ideally. The red clips that attach to the regulator rails is about 1cm off. Did anyone have this problem?

I eventually got it attached, but it was with a lot of fidgeting and forcing. The window is still slow, but no longer clicks.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:27 PM   #2
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Have you read the DIY on it? There's a lot of info in these posts: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=356847

I'm having a hard time understanding just what you mean by "The red clips that attach to the regulator rails is about 1cm off." Do you mean they are misaligned, laterally, with the rails where they bolt on? If that's the case, then I have not seen that in rebuilding three regulators and a couple of them more than once. The clip has to fit the regulator pretty precisely, it seems. Perhaps the window was not positioned correctly within the tracks and seals in the door?
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:34 PM   #3
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Your right side is the driver side, our right side is the passenger side.

Seems like right should be right without regard to who is getting in and out, but perhaps a driver regulator and a passenger regulator are different. I see no reason for this to be true, but perhaps it is the problem you are having. Where did you get the regulator?
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:38 PM   #4
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If you have align the red clips and bolted it down it will align properly. I would loosen it up and align the red clips. They should clip on the window regulator easy. If the red clips are not seated properly you will wear down the motor and regulator wont last long. I would bet the red clip is not fasten correctly. I just replaced my front and rear regulators and I figured that pretty quick.

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Old 01-21-2015, 07:13 PM   #5
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Hey guys,

thanks for the responses so far. The red clips were fastened properly, and they're now seated. My issues was getting those red clips seated.

In the picture below of the old window regulator:



The red circled part is different to my currently installed one. It's a slightly different shape which moves the notch where the red clip is about 1cm to the left.

I eventually did get it seated, but it took some time and force, so that is what I am concerned about.

I bought the regulator from ClickableAutomotive, which is the BMW parts supplier of choice for me down under. While most of their offerings are OEM, the window regulator is a BMW Genuine part.

The window was positioned correctly, with all sides of the glass placed against the seals and the top. It was in the closed position until we decided to move it down slowly, and then my friend an I found that it didn't seem to fit properly.

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Old 01-21-2015, 09:13 PM   #6
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I asked the supplier of the part (ClickableAutomotive - a sponsor for Australian subforums) about my issue. They agreed with me that they had not seen anything like my old regulator. All their competitors and theirs was the same part, but for whatever reason my old regulator was different. I have no idea why?

Does anyone have any possible explanation?
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:41 AM   #7
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Almost 2 years later I have an update.

My car came with option S356A - Climate Comfort Laminated Glass

This means that my car has laminated glass all around including all windows and windscreens (though the windscreen being laminated is option S358A). Because of this, the car receives different regulators. The normal regulator works, but you have to force it in, and it will break much earlier than anticipated (which is what happened to me).

The correct regulator part numbers for cars with S356A is:
Right side: 51337077500
Left side: 51337077499

Hopefully this helps anyone who runs into this issue.
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:26 AM   #8
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Just curious. After using the last 7 digits of your VIN, does realoem.com give you the correct part number?
The site is usually very accurate, but sounds like you have a special case.

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Old 12-29-2016, 03:26 PM   #9
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Yes it does but I either forgot to check the part number for the special glass or I forgot I had the option at the original time of buying.

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