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Old 12-29-2005, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy window problem

hi im new here and iv just brought a 325i coupe
the problem is when i open the drivers door the window should come down about half an inch or so it has done but will not go back up when i shut the door or turn the key in the ignition and when i press the key fob it usually makes the wimdow go up too but its not doing so so therfore i cant lock the car does anyone know what it is? and am i making sense cheers
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Translation: The window is opening about half an inch whenever you open the door, but you can't close the window after shutting the door manually. So you're afraid someone is going to steal your car.

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Old 12-29-2005, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Translation: The window is opening about half an inch whenever you open the door, but you can't close the window after shutting the door manually. So you're afraid someone is going to steal your car.

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its a 1992 and it stays open all the time
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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MEh? I'm confused. If it's open all the time, check fuses first (I guess) and then replace the window motor if that doesn't work. That's what I would do. Anyone else have any guesses?
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very very very very very very very very confused here. but i'll take a stab at it...

first off, your windows, when working properly should drop a half an inch when you open the door and then go back up as soon as you shut the door all the way.

is your problem that the window doesn't go back up when you close the door or is it that your window won't rollup at all? please be alittle more clear as to the specific problem.

sorry i can't be more help yet, i just need some more info so i can understand the problem.
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Old 12-31-2005, 10:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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very very very very very very very very confused here. but i'll take a stab at it...

first off, your windows, when working properly should drop a half an inch when you open the door and then go back up as soon as you shut the door all the way.

is your problem that the window doesn't go back up when you close the door or is it that your window won't rollup at all? please be alittle more clear as to the specific problem.

sorry i can't be more help yet, i just need some more info so i can understand the problem.
when i shut the door it still stays open that half inch
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Old 12-31-2005, 10:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Does than passenger side still function properly? If so, probably not a fuse.

The automated windows on the coupes are a problem area for the e36, it could be a few different things. The link below may help you out as there are a couple of ideas discussed in that thread.


http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...hreadid=190119

Lastly, the one thing that confused me in your original post, was that you said you could normally activate the "window roll up" with you key fob? If that's the case, you must have an aftermarket alarm (don't think such was offered in '92), and if it's not working properly, your aftermarket alarm may have everything to do with your problem.
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Lastly, the one thing that confused me in your original post, was that you said you could normally activate the "window roll up" with you key fob? If that's the case, you must have an aftermarket alarm (don't think such was offered in '92), and if it's not working properly, your aftermarket alarm may have everything to do with your problem.

very good point jllphan, but what is a key fob? just an alarm/lock/unlock remote?

also, if it is just on that window, then it could just be a bad peice that pushes it up a half inch when it closes. i have no idea what it is called tho. could also be a loose connection or something. i know the lock actuator is notorious for going out because of a bad connection. maybe that helps some. but if you do have an after market alarm system then i think jllphan's on to something.

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"key fob" is a generic term to describe basically anything that is designed to go on a key ring... but usually in reference to something useful, like those plastic car alarm things. But they can also be magnetic cards, usb drives, mickey mouse bits, etc. etc.
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"key fob" is a generic term to describe basically anything that is designed to go on a key ring... but usually in reference to something useful, like those plastic car alarm things. But they can also be magnetic cards, usb drives, mickey mouse bits, etc. etc.
ah, , well i guess the problem is narrowed down to being related to the alarm or a bad connection/unit (the peice that pushes the window up tight).

not really sure what you should do to check or what to check first. Looks to me like if it worked before with the alarm it should still work fine, unless maybe the alarm has been tampered with since it was installed or maybe a bad connection/short with the alarm. you could check it for shorts if it used to work and just all of a sudden started acting up or quit. then if you find nothing wrong with the alarm wiring i would suggest checking the unit in the door. maybe someone else can tell you where and what wires to check

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well i stripped the door card off and finally found the problem it was the micro chip on the latch that keeps the door closed now i played with this and now when the door is shut i have to push onto the door so that the window goes up that half inch so a new chip im guessing now another problem has occured
non of my electric windows work either side or sunroof iv checked fuses etc etc but the motor for the windows arent even clicking anybody got any clues?:
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i still think it could just be a bad connection somewhere. did they stop working after you took the door panel off?
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i still think it could just be a bad connection somewhere. did they stop working after you took the door panel off?
yes they did but its the 1st time they have completely stopped is there anything else i can look for? cheers
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it shouldn't be any deeper than, fuses or wiring problems. it honestly sounds to me like it is a bad connect, short, or wires disconnected somewhere. but if both windows are not working then it could be in the wiring to the switches themselves. maybe the hot/live wire to runs to the switches is faulty somewhere. i'll try to find a wiring diagram or something for you do look over.

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it shouldn't be any deeper than, fuses or wiring problems. it honestly sounds to me like it is a bad connect, short, or wires disconnected somewhere. but if both windows are not working then it could be in the wiring to the switches themselves. maybe the hot/live wire to runs to the switches is faulty somewhere. i'll try to find a wiring diagram or something for you do look over.

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