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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-03-2017, 11:31 AM
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Window motor & regulator

My 328i convertible passenger power window started slipping down. The motor wouldn't move it back up (just made a clicking sound or no sound at all). Down works sporadically. I removed the motor and regulator and off the door they work fine. I replaced the sliders, lubricated the slider tracks and glass tracks, reinstalled and nothing change (nothing or clicking from up button, down works kind of). Any suggestions? New motor required?
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:35 AM
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When window motors work fine without a load (like testing them off the car) but won't move the window when installed, it sounds like your regulator gears are stripped. The motor may be OK.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:58 AM
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window motor and regulator

Thanks you. The gears appear ok but I will check again. But what would make it not work at all when I press the "up" button? It's almost like the motor thinks it's in the max up position.
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Old 02-03-2017, 12:43 PM
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In hindsight, were you referring to the gears that aren't visible, that connect the motor to the gear that drives the scissor mechanism. Is there a foolproof why to check without tearing it all apart?
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:06 AM
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In my case the motor brushes weren't making proper contact.
Solution: Find a coupe door, extract motor replace motor.
Sounds easy, stupid window, up is down, down up stupid window.
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