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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:06 PM
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JB Weld to fix window regulator issue

What do you guys think of using JB weld to fix or prevent the common problem of the plastic piece breaking, which causes the metal bead to pop out of its place? I had an idea of just using JB weld to bond the metal bead to the plastic piece... thoughts?
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:41 AM
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Zip tie trick works pretty well for me.
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Or better yet use zip ties and jb weld
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:41 AM
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Zip tie trick works pretty well for me.
Yeah, but the zip ties eventually fail and I thought the JB weld may be a more permanent solution. I may give the JB weld a try next time my regulator fails.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:13 PM
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Does anyone have a picture of the failed piece in perfect working order and when it's broken?
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:24 PM
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What do you guys think of using JB weld to fix or prevent the common problem of the plastic piece breaking, which causes the metal bead to pop out of its place? I had an idea of just using JB weld to bond the metal bead to the plastic piece... thoughts?
Dunno. I guess (I've done two, one done by dealer) if I have the door in pieces, I might as well just put the same lame design part back in and not jury rig something that will cause it to make me take the dang door apart.

Interesting idea tho.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:30 PM
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I was determined at one point to try and solve the window crud but once I started using the stuff Krisl sugested to keep the window seals oiled with Ive never had one go bad since so didnt bother.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:02 PM
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Does anyone have a picture of the failed piece in perfect working order and when it's broken?
This thread has pictures of the piece that gets broken.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=356847

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Old 07-29-2012, 09:24 AM
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I was determined at one point to try and solve the window crud but once I started using the stuff Krisl sugested to keep the window seals oiled with Ive never had one go bad since so didnt bother.
What "stuff" is that?
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:40 PM
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What "stuff" is that?
Gummi pflege

Works great on the window trim.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:57 PM
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Gummi pflege

Works great on the window trim.
Never heard of it around here. Where do you get it?
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:45 PM
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Well I bought it 4 or 5 years ago so I'm not positive exactly where I bought it. But bavauto has it so I may of gotten it the there.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:58 PM
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Well I bought it 4 or 5 years ago so I'm not positive exactly where I bought it. But bavauto has it so I may of gotten it the there.
Alright, thanks.

Not sure where to get it up here but will try Lordco or NAPA. Maybe the dealer still carries it.
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The E39 bestlinks contains this link for repairing your own window regulator.

It may apply to the E46 (let me know if it doesn't):
- How to fabricate your own power window regulator repair kit (1)
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Bailing wire has been holding mine for years.... steel doesn't loosen up like a plastic zip tie will.
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