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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 10-17-2011, 10:25 AM
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Correct way to adjust driver's side window after regulator replacement?

Hello all,

So I finally replaced the driver's side regulator over the weekend with the help of some great posts in the forum and now I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get it running smoothly.
Is there a "proper" way to adjust the window that I dont know about or is it finesse and trial and error? The new regulator runs great up and down with out the window installed and the window will slide up and down no problem, the problem is when I combine the two. It runs very slowly and even stops sometimes about half way up. it sounds like its working really hard and binding up somewhere.
I've tried loosening it and making small adjustments over and over and it seems like no combination I try works. Rather maddening as It seems like it shouldn't be this difficult to do. Any words of wisdom from the forum? Thanks in advance, Dan.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:44 AM
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Any words of wisdom from the forum? Thanks in advance, Dan.
The adjustment procedure is covered in the Bentleys ... I know because I added those adjustment procedures to my thread on my window regulator repair.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:54 AM
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hmmmm...I'll go back and dig through your posts, not sure how i missed them (I used your post for the most part in the initial research/repair- thanks btw) Dan.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:58 AM
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not sure how i missed them (I used your post for the most part in the initial research/repair- thanks btw) Dan.
In my initial response, I didn't want to have to do the lookup for you but since you kindly said you had read it, I double checked for you just now and found my procedure (from a search of /regulator in the bestlinks):

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Adjust window as described in the Bentleys
  • From "Door window, adjusting", (Bentley page 512-8)
  • Whenever the door window or window regulator is removed, window adjustment should be checked. The glass should contact the top of the window squarely and should seat against the window seal uniformly.
  • NOTE: If the window does not contact the window seal uniformly, wind noise or water infiltration may result.
  • Remove door panel as described in "411 Doors".
  • Disconnect negative (-) cable from battery. Remove airbag unit and vapor barrier from door. See "721 Airbag System (SRS)".
  • Longitudinal adjustment:
    • Adjustments are made with window in open position.
    • Loosen window guide rail mounting nuts (2), but do not remove.
    • Slide window glass in longitudinal direction to adjust.
    • Tighten guide rail nuts.
    • Tightening torque, window regulator guide rail to door, 89 in-lb.
  • Vertical adjustment:
    • Adjustments are made with window in open position.
    • Loosen window clamping fasteners (2), but do not remove.
    • Adjust rear clamp and tighten fastener.
    • Tighten front clamp fastener.
    • Raise door window up to stop.
    • Check gap at window front edge (Front of window = 5.4mm, 0.21 in)
    • Check gap at window top edge (Top of window = 10mm, 0.39 in).
    • NOTE: Measure window frame between door window edge and panel.
    • Tightening torque, Window regulator guide rail to door, 89 in-lb.

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Old 10-19-2011, 11:14 AM
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I had same the issue a when I replaced my driver side front regulator some time ago. I remember holding the window in the up position and working the regulator until the brackets were almost to the bottom of the window. Just make sure you can tighten the screws though the access hole/opening at either side of door. It worked for me ,and with luck, it will work for you as well! Good Luck!
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:44 PM
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How did you end up fixing the issue?

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I had same the issue a when I replaced my driver side front regulator some time ago. I remember holding the window in the up position and working the regulator until the brackets were almost to the bottom of the window. Just make sure you can tighten the screws though the access hole/opening at either side of door. It worked for me ,and with luck, it will work for you as well! Good Luck!
So you roll it all the way down into the open position, and then fix the glass to the regulator, correct?

Did this help you with the slow rolling issue?

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:42 AM
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I'm working on the adjustment of the glass stops, after replacing the regulator.
There isn't much written about how exactly to adjust these glass stops.
The best I can find I put over here.

But better information is needed.
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:14 AM
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RJ- How did you get this from this man's post??? He said adjust it up! Better yet, trust Blue Bee
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