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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-11-2014, 07:54 PM
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Exclamation Replaced window regulator - burning smell!!!

I just replaced my first window regulator. After getting the window in and attached, I wanted to test it before putting it all back together again. I turned on the car, and reattached the rear passenger switch. Pressed the button and the window worked! Wonderfulness ensued! Went back to driver's seat and tried the driver's control of rear passenger window. Window stuttered. Did not roll up or down. Ran around to back of car and bent down to check the window. A strange smell met me. Smelled a little like burning... No smoke to be seen. Just a smell. Sniffed around and it seems to be strongest around the door handle. Looked up there and can't see anything other than a few wires - but no obvious damage. Rear passenger door switch doesn't work either now. Window won't move. Went back to turn off car, and tried the window switch again. Can hear a clicking sound coming from around the glove box area (fuses???). HELP!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:16 PM
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Open the door up and check your work.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:22 PM
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The door is already open and all taken apart. The last step I took was replacing the glass and attaching it to the new regulator, then testing it with the switch. All trim and panels are still unattached...I can see inside everything, but don't see anything wrong...
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:02 AM
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Recheck your work again.... Obviously something is binding .

The smell is an overloaded motor. Take it all apart and start over again.... Pay attention to every detail ... You have something bound up which is preventing your window from moving freely.

There is an off chance that you may have a defective regulator.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:04 AM
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I had wondered about the motor - wouldn't there be a smell emanating from the motor rather than up near the door handle? Is there a way to run power to the window regulator from an external source to test it? Want to eliminate whether it is a faulty regulator or if there is some electrical problem with the car...
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:22 AM
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The motor is toast. Been there, 2 motors fried up on me like that for no reason the smell is the only indicater and ofcourse the wndow not working, but they where the rear ones and rarlly used. You can power the window motor directly by an outside battery and switch polarity to see if motor moves.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:05 AM
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Been a little bit, rechecking my posts. The motor was toast. Swapped out a motor and reinstalled it. Works well now. Onto my next issue that just came up - a new alternator...
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:41 AM
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Been a little bit, rechecking my posts. The motor was toast. Swapped out a motor and reinstalled it. Works well now. Onto my next issue that just came up - a new alternator...
There are precious few photos of the window regulator motor out there, and what would make it fail, so, it would be nice if you can snap a few of your old motor, so we can see what happened to it.

Plus, it would be nice to see how you restrung the cables, if you needed to...
- The unintuitive trick to effortlessly loosen and tighten the astronomical cable tension without damaging the front door window regulator (1)

See also:
- One user's effort to diagnose, rebuild, and replace a BMW E39 front driver side door window regulator (1) and how to remove a BMW E39 front passenger side door window regulator (1) (2) & the unintuitive trick to effortlessly loosen and tighten the astronomical cable tension without damaging the front door window regulator (1) & how to rebuild and restring your current E39 front door window regulator (1) & scores of pictures showing how NOT to remove & repair your front door window regulators (1) & how to replace just the rollers (1) (2) & a survey of all available brands and prices and suppliers for front window regulators (1) (2) & how to replace just the plastic pulleys with machined stainless steel rollers (1) & things not mentioned in most window regulator DIYs (1) & BMW E39 rear window regulator replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & McGyver fixes on the road (1) (2) & rear window regulator repair kits (1) (2) (3) (4) & what brand rear window regulators should I get (1) & where to get salvaged parts (1) & how to remove the rear window (1) (2) & how to adjust the windows after the repair (1) (2) (3) & how to temporarily keep the window up (1) & how to rewind the transmission case windup spool (1) (2) & how to slip the cable wires back onto the pulleys (1) (2) (3) & how to replace just the rollers (1) (2)
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:33 AM
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My wife made me clean up the garage, and told me to throw out my broken stuff. The burned out one had it's cable inside the motor twisted up. I don't know how it got that way - from what I could see it wasn't binding around the guides and the pulleys. Swapping motors between the regulators was fairly easy. I was able to repair one that had it's red plastic retainer broken! I bought two small washers and cut a slot and bent them apart. Then with some help, pulled the outer metal cable sheath back through the frame, and put the washers on to keep it from getting sucked back through and around the pulley. It's holding so far.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:10 PM
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There are precious few photos of the window regulator motor out there, and what would make it fail, so, it would be nice if you can snap a few of your old motor, so we can see what happened to it.

Plus, it would be nice to see how you restrung the cables, if you needed to...
- The unintuitive trick to effortlessly loosen and tighten the astronomical cable tension without damaging the front door window regulator (1)

See also:
- One user's effort to diagnose, rebuild, and replace a BMW E39 front driver side door window regulator (1) and how to remove a BMW E39 front passenger side door window regulator (1) (2) & the unintuitive trick to effortlessly loosen and tighten the astronomical cable tension without damaging the front door window regulator (1) & how to rebuild and restring your current E39 front door window regulator (1) & scores of pictures showing how NOT to remove & repair your front door window regulators (1) & how to replace just the rollers (1) (2) & a survey of all available brands and prices and suppliers for front window regulators (1) (2) & how to replace just the plastic pulleys with machined stainless steel rollers (1) & things not mentioned in most window regulator DIYs (1) & BMW E39 rear window regulator replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & McGyver fixes on the road (1) (2) & rear window regulator repair kits (1) (2) (3) (4) & what brand rear window regulators should I get (1) & where to get salvaged parts (1) & how to remove the rear window (1) (2) & how to adjust the windows after the repair (1) (2) (3) & how to temporarily keep the window up (1) & how to rewind the transmission case windup spool (1) (2) & how to slip the cable wires back onto the pulleys (1) (2) (3) & how to replace just the rollers (1) (2)
If I ever have to get back inside the door to fix regulators (inevitable???) I hope I can find this post again. I'll try to rebuild them the next time...
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