Removing BMW Door Panel & Replacing Window Regulator




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Ray Pooley: I know this is an old thread but I have just replace both of my front regulators using this excellent video. Many thanks to Otto for taking the time to share his skills. However, I did a couple of thinks differently. I removed the motor from the regulator before I removed the regulator from the car. You can do it both ways. I had trouble disconnecting the connector on one of my motors so I didn't want to force it. The other thing I did was to leave the 5 regulator nuts loose before lowering the window down and connecting it to the window carriers of the new regulator. I found it a lot easier to marry the two up if I had a little play in the regulator. I say loose but not so much that it rattled. Then, once the window was attached to the carriers correctly, I nipped up the 5 regulator bolts without fully tightening them. I tightened the just enough to allow them to slide a little if a force was applied. I left them like that while testing the new regulator. The reason for doing this is to allow everything in the regulator/window assembly to line up and minimize stress within the assembly during operation. I moved the window up and down through a few cycles and then fully tightened the 5 nuts with the window in the fully down position. I read a lot about these regulators failing and it is always the carriers that fail at the point where they are connected to the cable talurits. I think this might be due to the way that they are assembled. Even the smallest misalignment can result in increased resistance to the movement of the window and that can place greater stress on the cable/carrier harness. By the way, you should lube the window runners too when you are doing this job. Use something like a silicone based spray lube. You might want to order some spare door card clips too. I broke a few trying to put the cards back on the doors. TBH that's the biggest pain in the butt when doing this repair. That's all folks.

James Kurz: Thanks for the video! The passenger window on my '02 325i works perfectly now.

I have run into one small problem: Ever since I replaced the regulator, my gauge cluster and radio buttons no longer illuminate fully. They seem to be stuck at their dimmest setting, which makes it difficult to see how fast I'm going at night! The clock, odometer, and steering wheel buttons remain unaffected. It's only the gauge cluster and radio buttons that are messed up. I've tried playing with the brightness wheel and ambient light sensor, but that hasn't helped. I don't know anything about electrical stuff, so any insight would be appreciated!

Also, my airbag light is on even though I reconnected it before reconnecting the battery and starting the car.

EpicBeauty: May I have a list of the tools I would need to replace this please?

Bartłomiej Stecko: Great instruction!

David Dominguez: Thank you for this video! Just replaced my window regulator on my E46 - would not even have thought about attempting it without this video. Keep it up!

marcos a: Don't forget to reseal the vapor barrier when you put it all back together. If you don't do it correctly, you'll find wet carpet and you'll be taking the door panel off again to repair that. Cannot stress that enough. Otherwise; a very good tutorial.

Eduk Gomez: Buen vídeo amigo,gracias me ayudó bastante.👍

Svetoslav Vladimirov: kak da svalia korite ot vratite na bmw e91

Cue Rock: my window came off the rail somehow. the regulator works, the motor works, the whole thing goes up and down, but my window isnt attached tot he gmounting brackets... what part do I need to fix this? So damn difficult to see anything

scot marq: The BMW has an excellent climate control, so I can't understand why anyone would open the windows ,I never do , mine should last forever!

scot marq: Why does everyone pull the trim panel off? Mine is screwed on from the back 2010 528ix!

bmwnasher: No need to remove air bag, and no one ever mentions the short shoulder on the window to slider bolts, so easy to round off, my tip is grind a normal socket flat, 8mm or 5/16 is a better fit. By the way folks most regulators are tripe design.

koolice2: That was a good way to repair your own window regulator, followed the video took my time 2hours bit fiddly in places but works just fine now replacement kit works fine £20.00. Cheep from e bay heavy duty one. Thanks again

Synchronized: I disconnected battery and did everything according to your presentation. I connect battery back and dashboard is dead, AC doesn't work also. Car starts and run but no dashboard and Air Cond. Is it the normal behavior and I should reprogram it or something else? Please help

Steven Schwab: Great vid, thanks!

Tracey Sutherland: Thanks for your fantastic Video!!! Do you have one for repairing the sunshade on this model??

Brendan OConnell: Excellent. Thank you!

Fadi Esho: Anyone know if it's possible to install a window button for the passenger side front "door" i hate it when the passenger gets close to my gear knob, it drives me crazy

Vince Bobba: Followed your directions and the demo. It worked perfectly, thank you! Vince

coledynamo: Great video just did this and its was spot on. took 70mins end to end for an idiot like me. cost £28 on ebay for the parts saved £480 on dealers estimate. thanks so much.
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