3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
It's also happening on my 2002 325i. To me, it sounded like a low pitched "squeak" that goes away when I lower the windows. I let a friend drive it while I sat in the passenger seat (where the problem is worse) and I could make the sound stop if I put a LOT of pressure against the top of the window.
I'm going to try and lube the top of the window, but I'm not sure what to use. Please let me know if you guys figure out something that works. It really is annoying.
I am in the process of purchasing a 2001 325i that has precisely the same problem. There is a squeak/crackling noise coming from the top of all four windows when accelerating, braking, and going over bumps. Rolling down the windows very slightly to relieve the pressure seems to eliminate most of the squeaking.
I had the dealer service dept. lube the window seals, and the problem is still there. The mechanic said it may have something to do with the window guides, and not just the seals, but he wasn't quite sure. He said that they may need to tear the doors apart to figure it out. Sounds VERY expensive!
Someone (not the dealer mechanic) suggested that reducing the travel/force on the power window motors (if possible) might eliminate the noise. Does anyone know if this type of adjustment is possible?
I would be very interested in knowing if there is a solution. It seems from the posts here that this is a fairly common problem.
ya i had the some thing on my drivers door, what happens is, there are bolts inside the door that will back out, you just have to get in their and tighten them, then put on some locktite to prevent it from happening again.
Originally posted by white 330ci@Sep 23 2004, 01:40 AM ya i had the some thing on my drivers door, what happens is, there are bolts inside the door that will back out, you just have to get in their and tighten them, then put on some locktite to prevent it from happening again.
Thanks for the quick response!
Could you please provide more detail on the location of these bolts, and how to obtain access to them? I imagine that these bolts are probably located on the narrow part of the door, above the window somewhere, and they they hold the window guides in place? Is this a simple fix, or does it require removing trim, door panels, etc? used
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