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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 08-23-2014, 11:12 AM
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Today my drivers side window got stuck half way. The window would go down but each time I wanted it to go up it would get stuck half way. Unfortunately, I tried pulling the window up and I guess it came off its track. Does anyone have any advice on repair? Is there something wrong with the regulator? I know I need to put the window back on its track. Any instructions and advice will greatly be appreciated.

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Old 08-23-2014, 11:25 AM
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buy a new regulator, dont buy a cheap ebay one, i tried them, they last about 3 or 4 weeks, your better off buying a used one off of a wrecked car...it will last much longer of ou cant buy a new dealership one..there are quite a few threads around here on how to replace it..
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:34 AM
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buy a new regulator, dont buy a cheap ebay one, i tried them, they last about 3 or 4 weeks, your better off buying a used one off of a wrecked car...it will last much longer of ou cant buy a new dealership one..there are quite a few threads around here on how to replace it..

Thanks, I'll check around to see if I could find a used one. I'm also going to check the price of a new one at the dealer.


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Old 08-24-2014, 05:10 AM
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buy a new regulator, dont buy a cheap ebay one, i tried them, they last about 3 or 4 weeks, your better off buying a used one off of a wrecked car...it will last much longer of ou cant buy a new dealership one..there are quite a few threads around here on how to replace it..

Did you get one with the motor or without?


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Old 08-24-2014, 05:30 AM
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Don't throw money at this until you pull off the door panel and see if the guide line in on-track and test the motor while looking at the operation. The window doesn't have a track, per se. There are 2 receivers the bottom of the glass sits in. The screws come loose, which is why you can move the window around. Once the window is loose, it won't raise/ lower properly and is out of "level." A little searching to find some pics and it will become clearer quickly. GL
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:13 AM
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Don't throw money at this until you pull off the door panel and see if the guide line in on-track and test the motor while looking at the operation. The window doesn't have a track, per se. There are 2 receivers the bottom of the glass sits in. The screws come loose, which is why you can move the window around. Once the window is loose, it won't raise/ lower properly and is out of "level." A little searching to find some pics and it will become clearer quickly. GL

I'm going to attempt to pull the door panel off today and check. I'm in Florida so the hot weather doesn't help much even if you have a garage.


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Old 08-24-2014, 09:48 AM
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they have cables that run on plastic wheels, the plastic wheels have a groove that the cable runs in... im guessing that your cable has come off of the wheel and stuck on the rivet that the wheel turns on.. or the cable is frayed and getting stuck

dont forget to buy the black plastic clips that hold the window onto the regulator, they get old and brittle and they break as well and rattle when you close the door..

the motors actually last a long, long time... i transplanted my originals they are still going strong..

if the cable has come off any of the wheels .. buy another regulator...they are not expensive enough for the aggravation of having to do it a second or third time.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:25 PM
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Well, I was able to take the door panel off in this weather ( 102 heat index ). It looks like the window came off the track and one of the tracks is stuck at the top. The problem I'm having now is that I'm unable to take the window out because the track is stuck at the top. Does anyone have any suggestions?Click image for larger version

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Old 08-24-2014, 12:31 PM
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I had the same problem .. I cut the cables ...once you do that you'll be able to line the nuts that hold window on there up with two holes in the door ...those two nuts release the window then you can slide the window up ..I used tape to hold it up instead of taking it all the way out ...

You need to check out the other threads that have this procedure ..it will make a lot easier
When you cut the cables be sure your holding onto the window or it might fall down and shatter ..

i cant really tell whats going on in the pics
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:43 PM
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I had the same problem .. I cut the cables ...once you do that you'll be able to line the nuts that hold window on there up with two holes in the door ...those two nuts release the window then you can slide the window up ..I used tape to hold it up instead of taking it all the way out ...



You need to check out the other threads that have this procedure ..it will make a lot easier

When you cut the cables be sure your holding onto the window or it might fall down and shatter ..



i cant really tell whats going on in the pics

Yeah, the pics are not that great. I tried to take a pic of the track stuck on the top but it came out to dark (last pic). I'm going to wait until it cools down a bit before I continue.


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Old 08-24-2014, 12:57 PM
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Awesome, thanks for the video.


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Old 08-24-2014, 01:06 PM
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Any suggestions on a replacement? Which are the better brands to buy? I was just looking at one that's made by URO.


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nope they are junk....if you cant get one from the dealership itself... they are a bit more expensive at the stealership.. or on ebay you can find a used one from a salvaged car..
do a search for E39 regulator left oem

and youll see a few with motors and without motors, your better off with a used one than uro .. the used one will outlast the uro .....on ebay you can find it with a motor for under 90.oo or make an offer most times they will taker 60-65.00 .. at the dealership the regulator without motor will be anywhere from 185-275.00

ive tried quite a few different aftermarket ones, where they fail is the metal parts that the window bolts on to , is made of a soft metalll.. and they they fall apart and distort then break... and the metal pieces that actually hold the cable captive in there are made of some kind of potmetal...really soft, it bends and the window wont go up and down right

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this is the only other one i would buy from ebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-BMW-...7533ce&vxp=mtr
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:33 PM
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this is the only other one i would buy from ebay...



http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-BMW-...7533ce&vxp=mtr

I'm going to see if I find a used one on eBay without the motor.


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Old 08-24-2014, 09:42 PM
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This is a good thread to reference to one of these ...
- 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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