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Old 06-28-2004, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a E46 320d saloon with an annoying problem. The front windows creak as if the glass is moving against the rubbers. It does it on acceleration and deceleration and if you drive up or down a kerb or over a bumpy road surface. BMW replaced the rubbers and it stopped but 2 months later its starting again. Tapping the window switch taking the tension off the window reduces the problem. This is a very annoying problem on a quiet car. Anyone know of a fix tried greace and all sorts.
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I have a E46 320d saloon with an annoying problem. The front windows creak as if the glass is moving against the rubbers. It does it on acceleration and deceleration and if you drive up or down a kerb or over a bumpy road surface. BMW replaced the rubbers and it stopped but 2 months later its starting again. Tapping the window switch taking the tension off the window reduces the problem. This is a very annoying problem on a quiet car. Anyone know of a fix tried greace and all sorts.
I have this exact problem on my passenger window. Annoying as hell. Hopefully someone has some ideas.
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gumipflege. $7.50 per tube at the bmw dealer. use sparingly.

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gumipflege. $7.50 per tube at the bmw dealer. use sparingly.

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Any place online sell it? I didn't find it in a search. The closest dealer is 45 minutes from me.

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no i think this is a dealer exclusive. they mail order...
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I was struggling with the "window rattle" problem for years as well. I tried lubing the window seals with both gummifledge and 3M "Wet" Silicone Spray. Neither worked well. Had a bunch of window regulators replaced at the dealership too. Whenever I cracked the window open, the noise went away, so I figured it had to be a window seal.

Turns out the window rattle wasn't a window rattle at all, it was a dirty felt door seal and an unlubed plastic strip at the very top of the door / door frame. Who would have known?!

The following DIY was originally posted on bimmerfest.com:

The window rattle is dirty door seals.

Assuming you have a 4 door sedan, open the driver door and stand between it and the driver seat, facing the door.

At the top left corner of the door, running across and down towards the door hinge is a door seal with a felt edge. That is your culprit. Clean it and lubricate with Gummipflege.

Now turn to face the driver seat and clean the black metal strip that the door seal seals against when the door is closed. Lightly lubricate it also where the strip meets it when it is shut. That should do it.

I copied this off of the Bimmerfest site, I had the exact same problem it sounds like you are having. This absolutely worked a miracle for me. No more popping over bumps and at slow speeds. Instead of Gummipflege from the dealer I used Sil-Glyde from NAPA p/n 765-1351 for $4.88 a tube. About a 2/3 cheaper than Gummi.


Give this a try.
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For the convertible window rattle, there's an existing TSB that involves the use of Gummifledge and a product called Aquapel. Aquapel is a glass lubricant originally designed to repeal rain water off of windshields. It's made by PPG, the giant glass conglomerate. See the following link:


Convertible TSB - Click on Link within roadfly.org thread post
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nice post Joe... one other thing to consider is proper door adjustment. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust the doors for proper fitment.
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I think adjusting the doors would be a good idea, but how do you adjust the doors? Is there a way to extend outward or retract inward the door stops on the doors?
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there's an access whole right near the latch in the door where and adjustment screw is. this will pull the door tighter or loosen it up. it only needs slight adjusments mind you.
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I have an e46 coupe and have two problems: firstly when the passenger door is closed with the window down is rattles, i took the panel of and had a quick look but did not notice much.

2nd the drivers side window does not go to the very top it stops about 2-3mm short, although it looks closed I can hear the the wind when driving anything over 50mph. Please help if you know how i can fix this.
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Hi - I have a 2003 E46 touring that started to suffer from the really annoying window creak / rattle. It was cured by cracking the window open by a mm or so although this was not ideal. It happened regardless of whether it was warm or not and was worse at about 30mph. I went to my local BMW dealer who diagnosed the problem as "under nourished" door seals and tried to flog me a 3 inch bottle of seal nourishment for 30! I told him that i wasnt going to buy it for that price and what did he recommend.... he suggested Auto Glym Vinyl and rubber care for about 6. I soaked a cloth and rubbed this all over the door seals on the main body of the car and also on the soft rubber seals on the inside of door frames. The creak was not caused by rattling windows but from dirty door seals! This has fixed it and now there are no longer any rattles on the front or rear doors. Hope this helps.
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I was struggling with the "window rattle" problem for years as well. I tried lubing the window seals with both gummifledge and 3M "Wet" Silicone Spray. Neither worked well. Had a bunch of window regulators replaced at the dealership too. Whenever I cracked the window open, the noise went away, so I figured it had to be a window seal.

Turns out the window rattle wasn't a window rattle at all, it was a dirty felt door seal and an unlubed plastic strip at the very top of the door / door frame. Who would have known?!

The following DIY was originally posted on bimmerfest.com:

The window rattle is dirty door seals.

Assuming you have a 4 door sedan, open the driver door and stand between it and the driver seat, facing the door.

At the top left corner of the door, running across and down towards the door hinge is a door seal with a felt edge. That is your culprit. Clean it and lubricate with Gummipflege.

Now turn to face the driver seat and clean the black metal strip that the door seal seals against when the door is closed. Lightly lubricate it also where the strip meets it when it is shut. That should do it.

I copied this off of the Bimmerfest site, I had the exact same problem it sounds like you are having. This absolutely worked a miracle for me. No more popping over bumps and at slow speeds. Instead of Gummipflege from the dealer I used Sil-Glyde from NAPA p/n 765-1351 for $4.88 a tube. About a 2/3 cheaper than Gummi.


Give this a try.
I tried this on a car I just bought(545i) works like a charm. I only had to clean the window seal on all windows -now I can say I have a Bimmer -Thanks JoeSchmo
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