Removing BMW Door Panel & Replacing Window Regulator




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BavarianAuto: Mohammed Abdulhamid - We cannot reply directly to your comment as it was sent in from Google - You may have misses a phase in the battery disconnect steps or the plug on the airbag module may be incorrectly attached. We would suggest that you reset the warning (erase the fault code) and if it does not return, move on. If it does return, take note of what the fault code is and if it is for the door airbag on the side you worked, go back in and check the connector. We do offer a selection of tools that will read and reset the SRS fault codes (depending on the year & model that you have). A shop can also do the same.

Ae Leilua: FFS My sons E46 eats front window regulators, even put a genuine one in there and it was binding then broke after a few months. After market ones last a week. It seems that the window is very tight and hard to slide up and down, combined with binding it seems to make the motor get very hot. Any ideas? how do you set the regulators so that they travel freely without binding. A sledge hammer and a Mercedes is the next step.

Reventon2012: Today as I was lowering my passenger side window in my 06 Z4, I heard a loud bang and then some grinding noise coming from the motor. I can no longer raise or lower the window on that side, and I continue to hear the grinding sound if I press the window button. Do you think this is a bad motor or a bad regulator? Thanks a lot!

Dennis Canon: What do I do when I can't lower the window to get to the window bracket?

PostDatedProphet: Its winter here and I brought the window down now it wont go back up, I let the car sit in the garage(chilly) and still wont go back up. It is 3/4's down but goes all the way down into the door panel but stops at that position..............motor still works but seems jammed can somebody provide some more clarity. Thank you.

Mohammed Abdulhamid: Thanks for the great step by step tutorial, however; i have followed the same and ended with the airbag light on on the dashboard ! any idea or recommendations ? 

Your Buddy Ed: Outstanding video and thanks so much for providing this. I watched it a couple times then started and the whole job took less than 2 hours. Hardest part was actually getting that butyl rubber adhesive removed...a real chore but hey, the job is done, window works flawlessly and this is just one more reason why I buy parts from you guys! Thanks sooooo much. Dealer wanted $460 to do the job!

Gericho Ball: I have been working on this myself and have ran into numerous problems. Having had replaced one on a rear window i thought it would be easy enough. However, nothing fit right, the assembly itself needed to be forced into the holes that mounted it to the door frame, and the red clips that attach to the window would not fit in either. Either the front clip would fit onto the track, or the rear would, never both. Having eventually shimmied them both into place, and attaching the window, it goes up and down very slowly, and it is obvious it is struggling to do so. I took another look at it today, and at this point, when trying to move it either way, it makes a lot of loud popping sounds half way up/down. When going up, it stops, and makes grinding noises like the motor can't turn or something. Any suggestions?

THEMADCHALKER: Great. Now how do you get them to stop breaking every month?

Mike Del Valle: Excellent work!!! Please continue making more videos like this. Thanks a lot

Michael Groth: ok I followed your instrucions and replaced right front regulator. The window goes up and down BUT very slowly and appears tight. When window in full up position, I noticed front regulator arm's cable is not tight but rear regulator arm's cable is very tight.Is this normal?

Gone Ballistic: BMW window regulators suck. seriously a freshman in high school could design a better, longer lasting system.

martinitime1975: I completed the repair today, but I noticed that the auto up feature does not work anymore (auto down works). Did I miss something, or could it be an issue with the part I bought?

Danny Matthews: It looks like I will be replacing a window regulator on my 02 330I soon. I just want to say thanks to Otto and Bavarian. I bought this care about 3 years ago and Otto's videos have helped me through several repairs. Going forward I plan to purchase all of my parts from Bavarian as my thanks to them for all the repair help via Otto's videos. 

Michael Groth: Im about to install regulator on my m46. DO I need disconnect airbag? Cant I just unscew it, keep it connected, and battery connected and then carefully attach after Im done with regulator?

Rich Rodriguez: Hey Otto its me again. My window started to tremble and make a squeaking sound on the way down its in that position now only moving up about an inch no further and back down. First would you say its the regulator or the motor? Second can I remove the window bracket mounting nuts with the window in the down position? Third could this be a simple fuse/relay issue? Help Parked in the garage.

PresidentGas1: Replaced regulator per this video (thanks)......... however after complete assembly the window .... once it has reached the full down position, at the side nearest the door lock, does not travel all the way down as 1/4-3/8 inch is still visible. Once the window is raised to the full up position it blows right through the window seal at the top door frame and jumps out of the track at that same point. So something is misaligned but I cannot determine a way to adjust this. I took the vehicle to a BMW shop and they insisted that because I did not use a genuine BMW regulator assembly, this was the issue. I argued with them over this but then went out and spent another $200 on a genuine BMW regulator........ replaced again and the same issue is present. Ever seen this before? Thanks !

Shawn Abbott: Once again expert video guides on YouTube has saved me hundreds of dollars. My regulator completely broke as I could move the window still attached up and down freely. I did this repair myself and my window works perfectly now. Thanks!!

Gorz627: whats the black plastic part behind the car lock,at 3:47 called?

Kai Davie: Anyone knows how to remove rear window panel for 2008 528i, I found two screws one on the bottom and one on the side toward door hinge area. Then, I can't remove the panel. Am I missing other screws? There is no screw by the door handle for 2008 528i... Please help!

Eric Bruno: Good video - thanks. I would have butchered the job otherwise.

Norman Karr: How do I know whether it is the regulator or the motor failure that causes the window does not move up ?

Del Emerson: My regulator is fine, my motor just died. Can i replace just the power window motor or do i have to replace the motor and the regulator? thanks. Awesome video btw.

Michael Groth: Thank you. I couldn't have done this without your excellent video. 

Rich Rodriguez: In regard to Jeremy and the SRS air bag light. I did the same thing. My concern is now that the sensor has been tripped does this mean that any or all airbags will not perform until this is cleared?

Steve Martin: The bolts on the 2 red clips that hold the window in place are not 10mm like you say in the video. I was racking my brain trying to get a 10mm socket to work like you say in the video. Its really hard to see what you're doing so I thought I just wasn't getting a clean hold on the bolt.

erickrayos: I got a 2001 BMW 325i, I am just wondering where can I buy the actual driver side window glass itself? coz the one I have on is scratched up and it really bothers me, been searching online.

stevie Forbes: Excellent and helpful video, not glamorised and well put across in plain English, well done and tx

Ray Q: Great video; however, the only problem I see with this video is that it does not show how the window attaches to the guide rails on regulator and I've seen where parts are damaged or missing. For example the red clip, how does that attach to the new window regulator rails?

Nader Mchantaf: Thank you for this video, actually i'm having the same problem, same bmw model, i decided to fix it by myself but i reach a point where i can't move down the window (almost closed and jammed) and in this position i can't see and loosen the two window bolts. should i find a way to push down hard the window or there 's a step i miss in such cases because i think without disconnecting the window from the regulator, i can't pull the regulator out. help please 

Amy Amous: Can you please come do this for me

Tim Brown: hi bavarian i have bmw 2004 E60 and I want to know the step to replace my side mirror assembly. Thanks

Michelle Shuttleworth: how did you keep the window up when you took the regulator out?

PrimeTimeGrimester: I have a 323ci and my passenger side door glass gets caught on the frame when trying to open the door. The regulator was just replaced. 

papidondada: Awesome!! Very detailed and informative. Had same problem with driver side door. Foolproof instructional video. BMW AUGHT to do a recall on these cheap regulators and motors.

Jeremy Bathan: I just replaced my regulator but after I assembled everything back the air bag light turned on, what did I do wrong?

bamparin: A real pity that the BMW manufacturers can not overcome this defect in quality for so many years!! They need to listen to the consumers and realise that this issue is truly a disappointing nuisance. The smart buyer would stay away from BMs because of this. This whole process look Really complicated to do it yourself. 

Adam Timmerberg: Reverse order (in case you're wondering) Vapor barrier pannel Airbag Mirror Memory Module Get Door Panel and Attach Speakers Cables (If drivers side front door) Attach Mirror Switch Connector Attach Door Handle Cable Snap Door Panel back in Screw down the Door Panel (3 in/under arm rest, 2 under trim) Snap the Trim back in (If drivers front door) re-attach the Mirror Switch Connector (If drivers front door) Snap the Mirror Switch back in.

jujemy2010: hi bavarian i have bmw x5 2001 and my wipes dont working can you help me to fine the locations (wipes_relay ) thanks

Andre Mills: This procedure is great, I'm about to perform this on my e38 as both my drive and passenger windows have gone out. But I have one question - if the motor is dead how do I get the window down in the right place to remove the bolts holding the window as described in the video pause section?

Robert Wu: This is a very good video. Clear and easy to understand. Thanks. I learned to do my BMW X5 without problem now.

Carl Ackermann: Thank you so much. Did this today with my son. Perfect 

Joel Garcia: Amazing video. Just did mine on the drivers side, this helped me so much!! Thank you

Bruce McKinnon: Great video, Can you change the motor without removing the regulator, I have just blown the motor on my 1 series and dont need to change the regulator, thanks!

Wang Ken Rong: Yea I have done it twice already. It holds for a while and the clamps are hand tightened by a screwdriver then the next day I press the button to put down the window it's stuck in the frame and the rails come down without the window. I have even sprayed the frame with silicon spray in the event that the rubber grooves were too tight. Still no help! Works for a while and slides right off afterwards. 

edward quinn: thanks for the video followed it step by step and replaced the regulator today without any problems. 

Coyote Arizona: Thank you so much guys! a few tools an my I pad did it for me!

Danny McCaffrey: Holy crap. My 323's garaged with no window and this very same problem. So I sorted vids by most viewed and this tops Ie; So basically this is a common problem I take it?

Ahmed elebyany: any idea why the clips dont stick to the window? :) i developed an anger problem trying to make it work LOL plz contact me by mail;HELP!!! SOS :) Ahmed_business90@hotmail.com
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