BMWs are known as some of the most luxurious European vehicles in the world today. With new comforts added with each and every model drivers expect the best from their vehicle each time they get behind the wheel. In with all of the add-ons and amenities however, a broken window can lead to numerous frustrations and can develop into other more costly issues and repairs. Typically it’s a broken window regulator or complete regulator failure that is to blame in most BMW models for issues so it’s important to know the components in the system. These are just a few common causes for window regulator failure and recognizing these early warning signs is a great way to prevent larger, long-term issues from occurring in your BMW.
The most common cause of any problem with your window regulator is that the cable inside comes detached. The system is made up of a series of pulleys that tend to detach, when this occurs the regulator won’t work properly and you will begin to notice issues. Your window regulator is one of the most used parts of any BMW so it’s important to stay on top of routine maintenance and service. This will help catch early signs of wear and tear and keeping them clean will help prevent any issues from occurring.
Depending on the condition of your BMW and its’ window regulator the motor used to power the regulator can overheat. If this happens then the motor will completely stop working and will essentially be useless. After a temporary delay and once the motor cools down it will function and perform like usual but anytime there’s an issue with your power windows it’s important to have your car checked out by a trusted BMW mechanic to make sure no damage has been sustained.
In colder weather when temperatures are below 30 degrees that can explain why your window regulator has stopped working. Typically this occurs in older BMWs with older window regulators but it is very common for the window regulator to freeze either directly to the window frame or the moving parts in the regulator will freeze together. If this occurs then trying to roll the windows up or down can lead to an added amount of stress put on the entire mechanism. This can lead to accelerated wear and tear if you live in an area where the temperatures are often very frigid. If you think your window regulator is frozen in your BMW give it time to thaw before trying to roll the window up or down again to avoid any extra stress on the mechanism.
Listen for Unusual Sounds
You’re accustomed to how your BMW sounds on a daily basis so it’s important to listen for any unusual sounds that may be occurring when trying to operate your window. Grinding, cranking and other weird sounds will often indicate that something is not working properly with the window regulator. As soon as you begin to hear something unusual or start noticing issues rolling the window up or down then it’s important to seek out the help of a trained and experienced BMW mechanic.
Kalamazoo’s Leading BMW Repair Shop
At Master Mechanics in Kalamazoo, MI our BMW specialists have over 30 years of experience working with all BMW models. We understand that issues with the window regulator can be extremely frustrating and our friendly staff will help you with everything from scheduling an appointment to making sure any replacement parts are ordered and installed as quickly as possible. Our ASE certified mechanics also guarantee service will be faster and more affordable than the dealerships so that you can continue to get the best performance possible from your BMW without waiting extended periods of time for service at the dealership or other name brand service centers.
If you believe there’s an issue with your BMW’s window regulator or you would like to speak with one of our technicians please call or visit Master Mechanics today. We’re happy to help you find the right solution for your vehicle however we can.