Removing BMW Door Panel & Replacing Window Regulator




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Stev A: nice vid. here's a question for you. the drivers window on my 2004 325i goes up and down, but seems to struggle getting back up near the bottom, and then get a little bit better as it goes up. is this the regulator or the motor? it has never failed to go back up, but it really struggles near the bottom, and i'm thinking about fixing it before it stops completely.

Kevin Hancock: hi you been great I have to ask (I need to purchase a new vapour barrier soon as the existing one is not holding up ) but I've not rushed to get one I want to do it 100% when I do it meaning getting the clicking noise sorted which I believe is the cable moving and hitting the door /glass when in motion I do know that when I got it out before a clip snapped which I'd most certainly say was a clip that held the cable in position but can I get these somewhere ? and if so how many should there be ? I have an e46 coupe reg mj55 ftc thank you

nuke21: Thank you so much for making this video. My window regulator and motor were not broken but when I would roll up the window it would rooster and I would have to manually pull it backwards in order for it to go up. After watching this video and seeing the location of the screws that hold the window, I took off my door panel and noticed the previous owner of my BMW had replaced the regulator but he did not tighten the screw for the plastic piece that pinches the window. After securing the window and tightening the screw, the window now works flawlessly.

Michael Lewin: Is this tutorial compatible with a 128i?

KvnS S: What is the window being held up by when you removed the bolts that hold it to the regulator? I'm doing this on an E46 M3 and I have to remove two E7 torx bolts instead of the two bolts you removed at 4:54 in the video.

GuamanianBlood619: Hey Bav Auto, my 94 525i currently has a seized driver door latch, I suspect this since the central locking works as well as the key, fine yet neither handle will release the latch, is there a way to manually release the rotary latch? I have removed the door panel partially giving me limited access to the latch . any help is greatly appreciated! , for now im left hurdeling over the center console.

Tracy Perkins: herness errness..... he is difficult to understand for me. can this be dubbed in Southern?

Rick Morgan: I have 2001 325 ci convertible and was hoping for video for back window regulator and interior panel removal to avoid breaking anything removing panel. yet it seems impossible to get a you tube video on rear windows regulator removal unless rear window is also rear door. which I have convertible so no rear doors.

marcin zdanowski: Thanks for a very very nice guide !!

me me again: hi there thanks for the video... can you give me any advice on my bmw e46 coupe diesel... the drivers side mirror doesnt fold back when the button is pressed... the passenger side works fine... keep up the good videos... thanks

WindowReplacementAgencyWisconsin: Great work.

mykg73: great video a big help on my DIY fix.

DjStiv3: freakin A, man.
What a pain, luckily i just want to replace my speaker for passenger rear door. Probably both sides so theyre the same.
Any thoughts from people, for replacing? get an original, get newer better ones, what kind of connection do they use anyway?

Christer Svenning: Hi! i was wondering if its possible to take off the armrest on the door without taking the whole door panel off as well! the goal is to take off the interior trim(e46 3 series coupe) so i can wrap the trims!

btw what a great channel, lots of nice videos!
just got the car, so there is few maintenance stuff ill have to do!
previous car was an Audi a4 b5 which was terrible to work with, everything was so compact in the engine bay

Ethan Humphrey: good video but this is gonna take 1-3 hours so prepare for that...

Erik Whitley: Had a quote from an independent. 400 smackeroos! I bought the regulator and replaced it in less than an hour!

Mark Keary: Hey, is there something like you guys but for Audis?

Tashqen: Why is it always the passenger window gets broken in BMW's? Mine just broke, and every video i check is about the front right passenger window.

RomeoMike: Very helpful resource that gave me the confidence to tackle this project successfully. Some further observations when I did the driver side front regulator on a 2004 E46:

1. The only cable bundle I had to unclip was the one attached to the inside of the door card.
2. Be careful in freeing up the vapor barrier, especially immediately below the window speaker as there are thin ribbon cables in that location that would be very easy to tear/break.
3.The only zip tie needing to be cut was in the top center of the door frame. On an OEM regulator, it goes around the yellow cable guard.
4. No mirror memory module to disconnect on the driver's side.
5. If wire cutters fail to free up the window, you might have to remove the window motor to free up cables that might have wrapped themselves around the big white plastic gear of the regulator.
6. Lucked out with the new OEM regulator as it was lined up in perfect position to secure the window bolts when I manually lowered the window on it.
7. Window bolts take an 8mm socket, but for some odd reason, I had to step down a bit on one of them to a 5/16th to turn it.
8. Ensure the wiring for the window mirror switch is pulled through the opening in the arm rest before you reattach the door card.

Kevin Hancock: hi the clip that retains the cable you clipped in snapped on my coupé can I just use a cable tie?. I need to take panel off again to.redo vapour shield anyway thanks
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