Imagine it’s a beautiful, sunny day. The clouds are full and fluffy in the air. There is a slight breeze blowing all around you. The only thing that would make it better is feeling the breeze blowing through your car windows as you drive around to enjoy the day. This can’t happen if your power window regulator isn’t functioning.
Power windows are a relatively new feature on modern vehicles. Power windows allow us to press a button in order to roll our windows up and down. Before the mid 1970s, car windows were operated manually. Each door had a handle to roll the window up or down. Now, your windows are operated electrically because of your car’s window regulator system.
BMWs are no exception to this technological and mechanical advancement. BMW is known for delivering the best vehicle technology and performance to their drivers, so it is no surprise that the brand adopted the use of an advanced system that allows drivers to forgo manually winding their windows. But just because the system is an advancement in automotive technology, doesn’t mean they don’t malfunction. Here are a few common warning signs that your BMW’s window regulator is failing and where to go to get it fixed.
The window regulator assembly allows the rolled up window to lock into place and stay closed. If you press the button to roll up your window, but the rolled up window doesn’t lock in place or it falls down on its own, the regulator assembly could be broken.
Another sign of a broken regulator assembly is if the window ends up crooked while you are rolling the window up or down. One side of the window may slide down slightly, leaving an open gap. If you notice this, bring your car into the shop so the window regulator system can be replaced.
When you press the button to roll your window up or down, you expect the window to operate at an even speed. The speed is regulated for convenience but also so that the window doesn’t break. If your window is moving faster or slower than usual when you press the button, it might have a shorted wire or fuse that isn’t allowing the sufficient amount of power to the window regulator. This is easily replaced at your trusted BMW shop.
The button you press is in order to trigger the window regulator into rolling your car’s window up and down is meant to trigger the window regulator immediately. If you notice that you have to press the window’s button more than one time to roll your BMW’s window up and down, there could be an issue with the button that triggers the window regulator, but bring your car into the shop to get checked out by a technician.
If you press the button to trigger the window into rolling up or down and hear a clicking sound, that could mean there is a failing window regulator. This is actually a common symptom of failure. It is caused by debris that is caught between the window and motor assembly. The particles in the regular causes it to work harder than designed, which affects the window itself. If you notice a clicking noise, bring your BMW in for inspection. If left untreated, the window can shatter, potentially causing injury to you and your passengers.
Having a malfunctioning window can be an inconvenience which can lead to an expensive issue if left untreated. If you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms of a malfunctioning window regulator, come visit us at Euro Plus Automotive. We take pride in servicing the drivers of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA.
We employ ASE certified technicians, and our thorough work is guaranteed by a 2-year/24,000-mile service warranty to each of the vehicles we service. Come see us today to discover why we are known as the Valley’s Import Specialists since 1984. We look forward to earning your patronage.