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Old 10-28-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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Left window Shattered.. Damm it

Well damm it. I replaced my driver door actuator and ever since every time I close the door the glass seems loose,today I tried tighten the bolt and while tighten the reversed bolt the ****ing glass shattered and bang broken million pieces all over..

So know I'll be buying a junk yard glass and replacing it with GENUINE GLASS...


Anyone done this before ? Will I need a new regulator?

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Old 10-28-2014, 09:05 PM   #2
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Okay. Quick search and its suppose to be a easy fix . I just had to air out in asking if someone done it before..

4 e46's later and its my first glass replacement lol
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Yes you need a new regulator. On the coupes the regulators don't break like the ones on the sedan, but the green "feet" that ride the regulator track often fall out and you get that loose feeling when indeed it is not. Check out ECS Tuning's pictures to see what I'm talking about.

TIS torque for the window clamps is 8N-m, or about 6ft-lbs. That's hand tight, if that.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:08 PM   #4
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Wait what.. I don't get it..

So I need a new regular because you assume that green thingy feel off after the glass shattered?
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:13 PM   #5
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You said you tightened it because the "glass seems loose". That loose feeling is the regulator losing its feet, never the clamp otherwise it wouldn't roll down.

It comes loose because unlike the sedan, the pane on the coupes and convertibles are cantilevered.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:21 PM   #6
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You said you tightened it because the "glass seems loose". That loose feeling is the regulator losing its feet, never the clamp otherwise it wouldn't roll down.

It comes loose because unlike the sedan, the pane on the coupes and convertibles are cantilevered.
Yes when I shut the door while the window is fully up but when the glass window is half way or fully down there is no loose feeling..

I was tighten it while kind holding the window inward due to when I fully closed the window it wouldn't sit flush behind the shadowline trim as if it was out of place creating a gap between the rubber and glass.
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Yes when I shut the door while the window is fully up but when the glass window is half way or fully down there is no loose feeling..

I was tighten it while kind holding the window inward due to when I fully closed the window it wouldn't sit flush behind the shadowline trim as if it was out of place creating a gap between the rubber and glass.
You don't tighten that bolt to change the angle of the glass, no matter how much you hold it inward. You turn the eccentric bolt, which drives up the wedge, which changes the angle of the glass.

Read up on jjrichar's coupe regulator tear down if you want to know how it all comes together.
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You don't tighten that bolt to change the angle of the glass, no matter how much you hold it inward. You turn the eccentric bolt, which drives up the wedge, which changes the angle of the glass.

Read up on jjrichar's coupe regulator tear down if you want to know how it all comes together.
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Picked up a genuine window for $25 at pull & save yard .

Lesson learned. Don't over tightens then freaking bolt while pushing it inward.

Installing it now.
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