Removing BMW Door Panel & Replacing Window Regulator




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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. 

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

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.

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?

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

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

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!

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?

Issa Abdallah: I have a 2002 325i, the wooden panel, the one that has 2 screws behind it, does that slide back on? or does it need to be glued?

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

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. 

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

Kelly Silveira: My Bmw

Wang Ken Rong: passenger window keeps sliding out of the tightened clamps on a new window regulator, cant figure out why it keeps slipping out of the two clamps.

Sony: I have 01 530i and the driver window just fell straight down.. if I press up all I hear is the motor adn thats all.. the window just stays at the bottom... also the rear window doesnt go all the way up.. it stay 1-2 inches low from the top

Winterever: Thanks very much! Successfully did it on my alpina!!

BavarianAuto: Not sure what you mean by lock pin.

Amani213: I just replaced the driver window regulator and now the 2 rear ones went bad. Is it necessary to unplug the battery to work on the rear windows since there are no air bags in the back?

Mentalities: My windows on both sides have a hard time going up and down. After viewing your video I'm still stuck on how to repair and fix my window. Help!!

GetYaShitTogetha: How did this video get 44 Dislikes? Because BMW DEALERSHIPS watched it and realized they were losing THOUSANDS of dollars by not being able to charge people $400 for such a quick and easy job!

ROTANIMRET X: Sorry run out of space . I am just wondering if you can help me.The emergency ring in the trunk is somewhat loose , may be I accidentally pulled that thing .and it is probably why top won't open ( may be because valves in the motors are now open??) How can I restore that ring and crap the valves ( if that is the problem ) Thank you .

BavarianAuto: Sometimes the old adhesive will still work, but often it is not "sticky" enough to properly secure the vapor barrier. We do offer new adhesive in our online store at bavauto.com. The part number of the adhesive is 08612

Jojo Mojo: guys i really have a question; i tried to do this by myself but at the Airbag I was too frightend to remove it. Do I have to worry to fire it by accident? Or can i just remove it without any security issues?

BavarianAuto: Aside from any binding that may be present, have you performed the initialization procedures? This sets the up and down stops and the power curve for opening and closing. The procedure is too long for the characters allowed in this reply. It is detailed in the Bentley repair manual for the E90 chassis. Available at bavauto.com.

vzambrano821: Great video! Very useful. One sugestion: maybe show some points on where, how and why the regulator is bad.

stlee74: I have just bought a 323 se. The window motor is working, but it sounds like its come out of the rail, it doesn't really move unless I push it. What holds the glass into the rail? A clamp? Glue? Screws? Clips?

astroboy Chew: Thanks for the video. I recently replaced my E90 rear window regulator. Everything fits well. But once the window fully reclined, it had difficulty getting up.. once it starts moving, then no problem but once fully reclined, same problem. What seems to be the cause?

ltz15: Thanks for the reply ;). I did it my standard unprofessional way, just got in and took everything apart. Put it back together and its all good :). Thanks once again :)!

Steven Hylton: How do u reconnect the outer door handle. I cannot open my 1996 BMW 328i pass Door from outside but can from inside.

model-fit: I just installed a new window regulator on my gf's 2000 323i following the instructions in this video (front, passenger side). It goes up & down slower than the other windows & seems to be laboring. I followed your instructions to a t. What could be causing this? Do I need to take off the door panel & hit the tracks w/ some wd40 or tighten the bracket nuts more? It looks completely aligned & seems to be laboring only in the middle of going up or down not toward the top or bottom & closes flush.

BMWkamikaze540: I have a 98 540i pushing 300k miles. My left rear window rolls down fine, but doesn't roll back up, but you can pull it up and down freely by hand. Do I just need a new regulator? Also my front passenger window works fine, but is noticeably slower than the rest and if not rolled up little by little makes some nasty noises, and also rattles when partially rolled down, I fear it's on it's way out too. Any insight is appreciated.

BavarianAuto: If your 323i is an E46 model, as shown in the video, you can see the two clamps that secure the glass to the slide brackets. It is likely that your cable is fraying or broken and a new regulator will cure your issues. If you have a different model, the points may be different. Feel free to call our advisors at 800-535-2002 for more detailed assistance.

BavarianAuto: You likely have a broken link. You'll have to remove the inner panel and get in there to inspect to see what's going on. Once you know where the problem is, we can then order parts. Our advisors can help you once you have an idea what's broken. bavauto.com or 800-535-2002

gigiultraplus85: thank you very much!!

BavarianAuto: If you have a later model with a cable operated regulator, then it is likely that the regulator needs to be replaced due to the cable breaking away from the window glide mount.

pOLYkNOCK: Thanks for this video! BMW dealership in Sacramento wants to charge me $400 for parts and labor. After watching this video I'm bout to do it myself.

alex tsygulev: Hello, first thanks for the video! Very DIY doable! My question is actually on changing the front right passenger, otherwise known as "Glazing" I recently replaced my window, and it doesnt close all the way unless i put pressure on the window from the outside. Are there any steps or things i need to know when installing a new window? Thanks!

BavarianAuto: It's probable that the cable is fraying or one of the pulleys is coming apart. We'd recommend that you order a regulator and then open it up to see what you have. If you find that the regulator does need to be replaced (as it likely does), you'll have the regulator there to install. Check them out at bavauto.com or call our advisors at 800-535-2002

BavarianAuto: Your 98 318ti is an E36 chassis. The regulators on the E36 are totally different from what is shown in the video. The Bentley repair manual for the E36 models will cover the regulator and motor replacement. We have the regulators, motors and the Bentley manuals in our online store at bavauto.com or you can call our agents at 800-535-2002.

BavarianAuto: We have not produced a DIY for the rear window regulators on the E39 chassis. We have done a replacement and the procedure is rather unique for this model.

dcroash: Great video, nice detail. I have a 02 316i Compact 1796. Is it the same procedure as in this video and would the same regulator work? The cables on mine are damaged and I need to replace. Really appreciate any help. Thanks alot! D

Cristian Xp: Hi! At the 0:24 clip i see that manual.. Please! I want this! Can you help me!? Please!

MrCapeVerde: Got the part and the bottom rear plastic clip was broken. Installed it anyway as there are 2 rubber bushing large supportive screws. Took 7 hours to this job- I went home and straight to bed. Several hurdles on this 760i compared to your 3 series. Engineered differently and had to undo the doorstop among other things. The soft close and the power window lock on this door now does not work. Any idea or video on what I did wrong? I should only have to remove the first panel to fix this- thanks.

WorldOfIvillis: Hi, My dad was able to replace the window after buying a new regulator and it worked. The only issue we have now is that if we hold it for a long time to put it up, once it reaches the top, it rolls back down. We think it has to do with sensitivity, but we don't know how to fix it. Any ideas? it's a 2006 bmw 325i rear driver side.

JEFF Ellis: My passenger side window goes down find but goes up slow and has stopped before, but with assistance will go up. DO you think it's binding due to a worn window regulator? I have a 325ci. It looks like something I can do but want to be relatively sure it's the regulator before I order one. Should I go OEM or after market?

Lou Pica: thanks so much, this video was spot on, I bought the parts myself for 27 and installed it in about 1 hour (even with my usual mistakes). The window nuts are 8mm not 10mm...other than that it was great. You may want to add if the cables get all locked up, the window won't come down or move. I cut them with metal snips, window dropped right down...accessed the nuts just al little lower than where you suggested...thanks so much

yukuhana: Video is professionally done. Great job! A few questions before I decide to start: 1. At 04:46 How would I be able to align the nuts so that are visible given the regulator malfunctions to begin with? 2. At 05:16 How does the window glass stay raised and not fall down?

Hafiz Yahaya: i've found the problem. the gear at the motor broke. cable and every seems to work fine. will replace the gear tomorrow. thanks a lot for replying. you've been most helpful. cheers.

rob2049: Does this apply to 2004 BMW Z4?
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