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Old 12-03-2008, 10:12 PM   #181
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sounds like your in good shape, as long as you didnt bend the regulator at all. Just know that you might be doing it again, depending on how long you keep the car. Mine lasted about a year in the Ti, My windows in the 330ci are clicking and the sunroof wont close properly, and my 328 driver window doesnt work due to a bad motor.lol your not alone.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:02 PM   #182
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Once I got both door panels off so I could compare the two mechanisms, all appears to be OK. I could tell that the drivers side had been replaced because it had 4 bolts where the passenger side had still had rivets. Another clue that it had been replaced was the drill bit fragment, and what looks like rivet fragments hiding in the bottom of the door. LOL

The only "unusual" thing I spotted was that on the driver door (the one that dropped) the rear guide track lining had slid down about 4-5 inches. I don't know if that was the cause of the problem, or happened when the glass fell. So, I slid that back into place, cleaned out the aluminum channels a little, and added a bit of teflon bearing grease that I had lying around. I also ordered 4 of the plastic sliders from Tisher @ $2.32 each. The local dealer wanted $9 each! No wonder he had "a drawer full of them." LOL I'll replace the 2 sliders on the driver door and put the panel back on later.

I got lucky with the door panels too, only one came off of the panel, one is loose, and none were broken. :-)
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:35 PM   #183
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nice job. Im sure you did this anyway , but I would make sure those bolts holding on the regulator are nice and tight before you button it back up. Isnt that kind of a crappy design? I have to remove the stock rivets in order to replace my motor on the 328 !@#$%!
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:13 AM   #184
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Yep... I tightened the 4 bolts and they were all pretty snug. I haven't put the panel back on the drivers side yet... it'll probably be next week, after the sliders arrive.

I just thought of something... I could try to get some photos while the door panel is off. Any requests?
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:11 AM   #185
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So it looks like this just happened to me the other day on the way home from work...

Rolled the windows down when I was leaving and heard sort of a scraping noise as the window was going down. When I was almost home and tried rolling the windows up same thing and about halfway up there was a pop and the window was crooked. As far as I know the glass itself is still intact and the motor is ok....

Im trying to take a look at it myself following http://www.understeer.com/window.shtml but Im having trouble even taking off the door panel. The cheapest estimate just to take a look at it has been $80 which I really want to avoid.

I wish I was as good with cars as I am with computers.

Anyway I was hoping I could get a little advice on what to do next. I wish I knew what I was doing but frankly Im a bit scared that Im going to break something if I just dive into it.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:19 AM   #186
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http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=20666
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:57 AM   #187
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same with my car i pop my door off and fix my window about twice a week.. freakin drive threws man.. i need a window! atleast now i see its not just my car that has the problem
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:10 AM   #188
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lmao same thing here and i still havent fixed it
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:05 AM   #189
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Hmmm... Please allow me to repeat myself...

http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=20666

The answer to your window problems... Again..
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:25 AM   #190
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When i purchased my 318ti the guy at the used car dealership said it was the only thing he had to replace besides a routine tune up. It only took 8 months for the window to go off track again. I think im gonna avoid the easy route and save some cash perhaps and fix it myself.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:29 PM   #191
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I am getting fed up with the window coming off track like every month on my daugter's ti. The previous owner just left the window off the track for a long time before I got it.
It looks like the window regulator is bent and not lined up properly. I may have to go back in there for the 3rd time when she comes home with the ti I already have a new set of sliders so I am hoping I can straighten the regulator arms and fix this problem for good.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:28 PM   #192
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The failure is probably best characterized as "regulator arm bending" rather than "regulator failure."

I reset my windows 3-4 times before finally bending the arms straight, which fixed the problem for good -- never replaced the regulators themselves. Good luck.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:10 PM   #193
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The failure is probably best characterized as "regulator arm bending" rather than "regulator failure."

I reset my windows 3-4 times before finally bending the arms straight, which fixed the problem for good -- never replaced the regulators themselves. Good luck.
Did you have to pull out the regulator or you just straightened them in place?

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nevermind, cooljess has a good writeup.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:02 AM   #195
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Re-post ninja's, get at me if you will. This is a common problem with the E36. There are plastic pieces that slide in channels on the window that allows the regulator to push the window up. While the window moves up or down, the lubricant in the slides after so many years becomes pasty instead of slick. The plastic slides break, the regulator arm drops, possibly bending your regulator arms, your window channels, maybe even dropping your window in the door. The door panel isn't too difficult compared to some of the cars I see at work. If you do plan to fix it, order the new slides, find some di-electric or bearing grease and lube the channels before you put the new slides in. I've already fixed one side that had the plastic pieces break in a drive thru at the bank(which had to be the best time for it to break). I will be lubing up the other side here shortly.
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