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Old 08-04-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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WINDOW goes DOWN . . .

Hey All, Have a 2004 330xi. Had the drivers window go down, then
it wouldn't go back up. Can hear a click when the button is pulled up,
but nothing motor wise moving?
No problems before this.

Please give me some ideas - thanks !

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Old 08-04-2016, 02:19 PM   #2
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Put the key in the door and turn to close the window. Clean the switch with alcohol.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:21 PM   #3
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Put the key in the door and turn to close the window. Clean the switch with alcohol.
This. And then immediately following this procedure, sell your car and get a 330i. Its completely fine in the winter with proper snow tires.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:24 PM   #4
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This. And then immediately following this procedure, sell your car and get a 330i. Its completely fine in the winter with proper snow tires.
You've obviously never been to Utah.
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You've obviously never been to Utah.
You obviously missed the joke
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:07 PM   #6
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Since the Windows doesn't go up at all and you didn't hear crunching it could be the switch in which case you would need to replace it (no alcohol will fix it) or the general module is bad. Read my web page on the subject https://www.bmwgm5.com/bmwgm5/e46_window_switch.htm
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:19 AM   #7
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morning, i actually like the idea of selling it. My daughter might be upset being that it's
hers. but a convertible? i could consider moving somewhere warm and sunny.

Yep, just got the phone call asking Dad to fix it. I can hear something when I pull the switch
"click", I'm thinking motor stuck, which stills means - where is it? and can I get to it?
Will look at posts, thanks in advance!
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:23 AM   #8
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Can someone show me a diagram of the drivers door? Want to know how hard the motor is to get at
for the window.
thanks -
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:09 PM   #9
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Sounds like a pretty common window regulator failure... maybe the motor. Here is the bavauto.com video for replacing.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:48 AM   #10
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thanks, in the garage right now because of the rain. Guess now i can
go at it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:03 PM   #11
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ok, just watched the video. Do you think one could try and "help" the window back up til I get a new regulator? or motor? then unplug
the motor so it won't be able to be put down again.
So it's the regulator that is the problem, not the motor? Motor goes one way, but can it be removed to try the other way?
thanks again for the video - the air bag going off could make this a bad day for sure.
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Old 08-08-2016, 03:32 PM   #12
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Chances are that it is most likely the regulatory and not the motor. If the regulator is broken, you have to rig the window to stay up, after you push it up.
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ok, just watched the video. Do you think one could try and "help" the window back up til I get a new regulator? or motor? then unplug
the motor so it won't be able to be put down again.
So it's the regulator that is the problem, not the motor? Motor goes one way, but can it be removed to try the other way?
thanks again for the video - the air bag going off could make this a bad day for sure.

Did you read my earlier post? Not a motor problem and it doesn't sound like a regulator problem. In the mean time take the door panel off, remove the three Torx screws holding the motor in, give it a twist and the motor will come right off. Pull the window up and then put the motor back in.
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