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Old 10-06-2007, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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window wont roll down

the driver window wont roll down anymore. i push the buttom, it gets to a certain point and then it stops. it sounds like its focing itself and like something is stuck in there. i thought about taking the door panel off, but cant find any screws. does any one know how to take off the panel. or maybe have any suggestions what it could be. its a 97 528i.
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Check the bentley service manual.

Most likley what has happened is the same thing that happened on my e34, there are plastic clips that slide into the tracks on the window. They connect the window to the X arms that the motor is mounted on.

The door panels should pop out similarly (check bentley). Unscrew your door handle and check under the mirror switch for another torx screw. Around the edges are those lovley breakable plastic clips that actually hold the door panel in. Behind that there's a vapor barrier and then finally the guts of the window. I'm betting once you get there you'll see that $12 plastic clip broke in some way, Probably the little flange that keeps the ball shaped end of the window arm in place.

That window clip thing is all you should need. Poke around realoem.com and find out what the part # is. Provided you don't break any of the plastic clips for the actual door panel, around 10 bucks should be all you need to get it back working again.
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so the screws should be under the window control panel? where were the screws located on yours?
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Which door? drivers side front? passanger side rear?
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its the driver window. i cant even go in a drive-thru anymore.
what ever info you have will be helpful, thanks
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Ok, on an e34, it works like this.

Pull out the mirror control switch. There is a torx t20 screw hiding under there.

Another screw is found on the door handle itself. Theres a little circular plastic concealing plug you'll need to pull out.

After that, you need to pop out all the retaining clips along the edge of the door. After that it should be obvious how to remove it, pull up and off the door itself.

That's for an e34. You realllly should have the bentley service manual for your car. It shows all this stuff.
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sounds just like the z3 doors i just did , whats the best place to get bentley manual and price ????
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