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2004 vw conv. right rear window regulator

I need to know how to steps required to remove the r. rear window regulator. The regulator motor works but when trying to raise the window it it would stop half way up then retract. I tried to lift the window to close it, but instead heard a noise like breaking plastic.The window fell down into the track.Also, where can I find replacement parts or a kit to repair the regulator once I've been able to access it w/o having to go to the dealer?

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  • swfuller54 Sep 22, 2008

    I took the rear seats out removed the seat belts, and speaker cabinet. I then removed the rubber trim on the body and removed nuts securing the actuatuator to the body. To remove the complete assy all electrical connectors must be removed and the window must be extended up fully ie., closed position. The assy pulled out after removing a top plate and some wrestling. I found the problem to be a small piece of plastic that is used to connect both ends of the cable assy.The tension of the cables flexed this piece enough to jam it on a support bracket. I went to the dealer and was told this part is not available, instead ----I must purchase the entire actuator at a cost of $564.00 (part only). I called the mfgr. and they were not at all helpful. Tthe extended warranty does not apply to my 2004 beetle convertible. I fabricated a part out of 3/8 aliminum and will see how it works tonight. This part should have never been fabricated out of plastic. Thanks for the feedback --I'll let you know how my fabricated aluminum piece works.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    Exact same problem but when the plastic piece broke the cable was sucked into the motor and magled beyond recognition. The motor still works (i.e. turns) but the complete cable and pulley is shot all because of a piece of plastic. No more VW's for my wife that's for sure.

  • bmoran2222 Jan 06, 2009

    Did you get the aluminum piece you fabricated to work? My window made a popping sound, then slid down. I can hear the motor, but can't get it up. No solution I can find without paying over $600 for part. Thanks so much!!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    we have left rear window down VW has a big problem with windows and front ones were replaced under warranty didn't they have any idea about rears back then

  • brownyank415 Apr 04, 2009

    i have a 2004 vw beetle convertible. i need some tips on how to fix this problem with the window regulator.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    I followed the directions....not too bad. Now it is all out on my workbench and I hope to find the regulator repair kit i need exactly what broke. The cable and the plastic end piece. Wish me luck in trying to figure out the path the cable goes. Any pictures very much appreciated,

    Also...mabe I'm blind, but i don't know what cable you speak of in the hinge door.

  • mattandtammy Apr 20, 2009

    I followed the directions....not too bad. Now it is all out on my workbench and i hope to find the regulator repair kit i need exactly what broke. The cable and the plastic end piece. Wish me luck in trying to figure out the path the cable goes. Any pictures very much appreciated,

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We bought the rear window regulator repair kit. Searched the internet for directions for removal. took it out did the repair. But forgot to hook up a small cable from the slideing door just next to the flip door. Guess what. When the top came up it broke and I am sick about it. If anybody needs more pictures you are welcome to email me wegotchacovered@msn.com

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  • wegotchacove Feb 24, 2009

    Yes had same problem took pictures, found directions on the internet and took maybe 3 hours. But ran into problems putting it back together because we didnt reverse our directions. If anybody needs directions with pictures email me. Now we broke the sliding door next to the flip door. But the window works just fine.

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I'm becoming an expert on this same problem. (been at it for about a week) it,s best to work on it with the top down. the panel just pops off with a little prying. ther are 2 electrical connection to remove. one on the panel, blue colored, upper rear portion. the other is a large white gang, near the motor. the top will not operate un less thes wires are reconnected. there are four bolts that need to be removed on the window sill ( you,ll see them after removing the weather stripping). two more bolts are located and removed from the inside of the car one is way back to the rear by the hinge point of the top. Ive gotten the window and the plate out (seperatly) but it looks like the entire unit can come out the top (where the weather stripping was located) as one unit. I'm still looking for a cable routing diagram, so I can finish up. The repair kit is available from vw, part # 1Y089292 @77.00$

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I took my car to the VW dealership, and found that they were actually cheaper than all the places I tried to by the kit, and I didn't have the stress about trying to do it myself. The newer models have this problem and they will cover them, for some reason they don't want to with a 2003.

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I have a 2004 vw beetle. How did you fix this problem. I have a new bracket but I do not know how to install or take off the panel? Please help

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Just finished this repair on my 2004 had to cut the cable to raise the window to get the mechinism out and then found it eaiser to route the cable around all of the guide wheels first then pull tenson on the motor until it slips onto place then insert and tighten the four screws that hold it in place. Then comnnected the power and ran the window up 3/4 to reinstall it. Don't forget to lube all the tracks before the reinstall. VW should have put a couple of panel clips in the kit for the ones that break when pulling the panel off. Kit was $76.50 at the Dealer.

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I have the same problem....the passenger rear demonstrated the same indications. Warranty just ran out a couple months ago. The drivers rear actuator was replaced about a year ago. I've seen other information on the net (unverified) that there is a 7 year replacement on these window actuators and I'd like to find a way to confirm (documentation from VoA rather than just verbal from a dealer). An streaming tutorial is available at <http://www.bentleypublishers.com/images/video/bentleyPubs.vw.nb.convertible.training.rearSideWindowRemoval.wmv>. It's pretty good at showing and telling how to remove the rear actuator. Since my 4 year warranty is up and if there is a 7 year on the actuator, it would probably only apply to the clip and I'd rather see it before the dealer in order to eliminate the dealer BSing me with some other part failing and then it not being covered. It's interesting to note that VWoA says that the clips on the 03 are the upgraded ones and so they can only tell the 02 and earlier owners with certainty that the clip is covered. I wouldn't be surprized if this is also BS.

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SECTION 501-11: Glass, Frames and Mechanisms 2001 Explorer Sport/Sport-Trac Workshop Manual
GENERAL PROCEDURES Rear Window Motor Initialization s1r~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Make sure that no obstructions are present in the power rear window system when carrying out this procedure.
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  1. Turn the ignition to the ON position.
  1. Press the power rear window control switch vent button six times.
  1. Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
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  1. Rotate and hold the power rear window control switch to the closed position until the window stalls in the upper header seal.
  1. Momentarily rotate the power rear window control switch to the open position and release. The power rear window will carry out a one-touch down operation until the window stalls at the bottom of the travel stop designed into the window regulator.
  1. Rotate and hold the power rear window control switch to the closed position until the window stalls into the upper header seal. Once this operation is complete, the window will move up-down-up-down approximately 20 mm (0.8 in). This movement indicates that the power rear window motor has been successfully initialized.
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Pull up on rear seat bottom and remove it.

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Lift out window and then regulator....little maneuvering and levering required.

FYI....Take digital pictures as you remove stuff for later reference.


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Rear Window Motor Initialization s1r~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Make sure that no obstructions are present in the power rear window system when carrying out this procedure.
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(DIY Complexity: Moderate / DIY Time: 2.8 hours)

Parts:
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Tools:
1. Screwdriver
2. Trim Panel Removal Tool
3. 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
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Front Door Trim Panel s4w~us~en~file=adobe.gif~gen~ref.gif Printable View (251 KB) NOTE: LH side is shown. RH side is similar.
  1. Remove the parts in the order indicated in the following illustration and table.

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  2. Item Part Number Description 1 23942/23943 Mirror access panel 2 1722897 Cup assembly 3 W56904-S424 Window regulator control switch panel screws 4 14A665 Window regulator control switch panel
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Door Window Glass — Front s4w~us~en~file=adobe.gif~gen~ref.gif Printable View (328 KB)
Special Tool(s) s4w~us~en~file=st1132a.gif~gen~ref.gif Heavy Duty Riveter
501-D011 (D80L-23200-A)
  1. Remove the front door trim panel. For additional information, refer to Section 501-01 .
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    To remove individual parts, only carry out the listed steps: Part Steps Front door window glass 1, 3 Front door window regulator 1-5 Front door glass run 1, 3, 6-8
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Item Part Number Description 1 W706495-5100 Rivet (2 required)
Removal Note
Installation Note 2 N8621986 Nut (3 required) 3 21410 Front door window glass 4 W706495-5100 Rivet (4 required)
Removal Note
Installation Note 5 23200 Front door window regulator
Removal Note 6 N800507-S Bolt (2 required) 7 21596 Front door glass run 8 — Front door glass run (Part of 21596)
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Item 1: Rivet Removal Note
  1. Connect the window control switch.
  1. Connect the battery.
  1. Position the door window glass halfway down to gain access to the door window glass rivets.
    • Remove the rivets.
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  1. Remove the rivets.
Item 5: Front Door Window Regulator Removal Note
  1. Disconnect the electrical connector.
  1. s4w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: Prior to power window motor removal, make sure the regulator arms are in a fixed position to prevent counterbalance spring unwind. Failure to place the regulator arms in a fixed position can cause the spring to suddenly release resulting in personal injury.
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