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The rear window came off track on my 99 528 BMW I think that a plastic bushing broke on the lifting arms, this isn't the first time though not the same window. My other problem is that there is a side impact air bag; my thought was to disconnect the battery. Any suggestions? Ray Geus rgeus@verizon.net

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The window mech will have to be changed, after disconnecting the battery yuo must wait 30 mins before working on airbag systems

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  • brettemurphy May 12, 2011

    you will have to replace the window regulator it is recommended to disconnect the battery before unplugging air bag but there is no 30 minute waiting time and to be honest bmws have a safety feature in the airbag connector itself i have unplugged hundreds of airbags on bmws and never disconnected battery been doing it for 15 years and know of no tech that disconnects battery

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To check the condition of your original sunroof guides:
  1. Gl*** in closed position.
  2. Locate & remove 3 torx bolts on each side of sunroof glass. Lift glass out of sunroof opening & set aside in a safe place.
  3. Locate "J" shaped cover plate at front of sunroof track assembly. Remove 2 torx bolts from each cover plate.
  4. Lift up bracket to remove.
  5. Inspect the plastic guides on each side. The sunroof cables attach to guides on front outer corner. Inspect this area closely for damage.
  6. Do not operate the sunroof with the J plates removed.
Troubleshooting:
If the sunroof guides are not broken & the glass is a uniform height along the rear edge your problem may be a stripped gear inside the motor. The motor has a manual override:
  1. Get access to the motor by removing the map light/switch console or lowering the front of the headliner.
  2. Insert a large standard screwdriver into the nylon bushing at the center of the motor hub. Push up & turn the screwdriver to manually move the sunroof glass. If the unit will fully open & close manually, you most likely only need a replacement motor.

If your sunroof is stuck in the open position follow these steps to get it closed:
  1. Remove the glass.
  2. Try to close the unit without the glass. Many times one side will still be operational and close correctly.
  3. Try to slide the inoperable lift arm forward. If it moves, slide it forward until it stops.
  4. You now need to slide the original plastic guide forward to lower the arm to the closed position. Using a standard screwdriver, push it forward. The lift arm should begin to lower.
  5. If the lift arm will still not fully lower, remove the J plate as explained above, sometimes the sunroof cable will need to be lifted up to allow the guide to fully slide forward.
  6. Reinstall glass.

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on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being anyone over the age of 15 , 10 being specialty training / tools) I would rate this a 3 .

The glass didnt just fall off the track... they are designed not to do that. Something must have seperated or broke off in the door somehow ( from slamming the door when entering / exiting).

Take the arm rest off and then the interior door trim pannel. be careful pealing the plastic barrier back to gain access ( and always repair any damage done to this plastic barrier to re seal the door).

If you need a video , look it up on youtube, there are a few.

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