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Old 07-15-2011, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E46 Front Passenger Window

What's shaking everyone?!

My front passenger window makes a "crakle" noise when it goes up so I fear this a sign of something worse to come. I've read that this might be the clips on the regulator and not the whole regulator part. The window still goes up and down. I see they now sell on eBay the clips, so I was wondering if any has had this issue where they've just had to change the clips on the regulator and not the whole part itself? Any DIY I may find?

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Thats exactly what it is. Mine had been making the same cracking noise for a while before the window finally stopped going down. When I opened the door pannel I found tiny pieces of plastic from the clips. I went ahead and replaced the whole regulator because the cables had developed kinks from not working properly...not to mention they weren't terribly expensive.
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Good answer... BUT...
Has that window ever been replaced? If yes, then there could be some old glass in the runners...
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JJ - Thanks! Hmmm... good observation on the cables wearing out. Might change the whole thing since it's not that expensive.

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