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Old 03-15-2006, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, so the bimmer decided to have a shit fit again!

the front drivers side window wont go up or down! at first i thought it was the little crappy plastic clips that seem to break with time, but when i pulled the door panel off, it seemed to be something else that gear looking thing with teeth on it doesnt seem to be wokring right, i can hear the motor turning, but it sounds like somethings not gripping right and that part im pointing to just sort of moves back and forth?????
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Diagnosing window problems is something we may be able to do, but I recommned you go straight to a professional. Even if we figure out what you need to do, it is not worth the trouble. My window quit on me too, so I will wait until I can pay someone to look at it and fix it.

I am sorry for not being any more help.
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Diagnosing window problems is something we may be able to do, but I recommned you go straight to a professional. Even if we figure out what you need to do, it is not worth the trouble. My window quit on me too, so I will wait until I can pay someone to look at it and fix it.

I am sorry for not being any more help.

i see, i was thinking about that too, but id like to get a better idea of whats wrong and stuff so i dont get ripped off or anything
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i'll never understand windows on these cars!

the other day driving: i opened the window coz it was hot, and trying to close it with by holding my finger down on the buttom, window went all the way up, and about 1.5" down again and stopped there! but if i used the 'auto go up' function it would go up and stay up! so anyway i gave up on it and decided to check it when i stopped, and i did, but it wouldnt do it again! and my car doesnt have the automatic window goin down function when closing doors!
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That part the arrow's pointing to is the part that raises and lowers the window. It is moved up and down by the motor attached to the front of it. Probably the gear on the motor is shot or stripped.
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That part the arrow's pointing to is the part that raises and lowers the window. It is moved up and down by the motor attached to the front of it. Probably the gear on the motor is shot or stripped.

i c, any way i can make sure? everything in the door panel looks like either welded in or riveted in or something, what should i buy then? the motor? regulator? sorry if im being a pain, just really wanna fix this so i can get a little more for my car, i kinda wanna sell it
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With the door panel off see what happens when you try to raise or lower the window. The motor should move the regulator, (I think that's what it's called) up and down moving the window. If the motor is running and nothing is moving, the gears have a problem. And, yes, it is riveted in. To remove the motor, you have to drill out the rivets.
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With the door panel off see what happens when you try to raise or lower the window. The motor should move the regulator, (I think that's what it's called) up and down moving the window. If the motor is running and nothing is moving, the gears have a problem. And, yes, it is riveted in. To remove the motor, you have to drill out the rivets.


yea, i took the panel off, the motor sounds like its working, but nothing moves

i hope this isnt too expensive to fix
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