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My E36 coupe window will not open,even though the motor is trying! A mechanic friend has had a few attempts to fix it, by removing the panel and making some adjustments, which gets it working again, but not for long! can you help please?

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You are in a very unfortunate situation and it may be difficult to fix this without damaging at least one expensive door part. Try this first. Roll the window down. Have a person stand and shake the door back and forth as you attempt to activate the inside handle, then repeat with the outside handle. if the door does not budge you can assume the lock mechanism has become "unhooked" from the lock actuator and the door is locked. Take a metal coat hanger and fashion it into a long wire with a "hook" fashioned in the end of the coat hanger. Try to move the hanger to the area where your door lock attaches to a rod that unlocks the door and try pulling in an "easy motion" on anything you can "hook" in the area of the door lock. Do not pull hard enough to "bend" any metal rods here. They won't work well if you attempt to bend them back later and you migth have to replace any parts you bend. You can also attempt to pry loose the door panel from the inside so you can attempt to see what is broken and take corrective action but you may break the door panel and would have to visit a junk yard to replace the inside door panel. If you can find a good mechanic's manual, you may be able to view an illustration of the lock mechanism for the door and this might make your task easier. Once the door is open you will need to carefully use body tools to pry each "plug" out along the door panel edges, remove any screws in the door panel around the handle or electric switches and remove the panel to fix the broken lock mechanism. It's possilbe that something as simple as a small plastic connector holding parts together has broken off.

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Circuit breakers are located inside the fuse panel. They are automatically reset when the problem corrects itself, is repaired, or the circuit cools down to allow operation again.

One of the less known about fuses that can cause all this to go out is the fuseable link. It is in a black plastic box near the battery. It is an appx 60A thin metal strip fuse. Check the website link to the right for more info.

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The sunroof is equipped with an emergency closure feature should the sunroof motor fail or the vehicle has lost electrical power. To close the sunroof under these conditions:
  1. Remove the front headliner trim panel.
  2. Using the 6mm hex key that is included with the tool kit, insert the key into the hex socket and turn the socket to close the sunroof.
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Fig. Remove the trim panel to access the sunroof motor

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Fig. Insert the 6mm hex tool from the tool kit and turn the hex socket to close the sunroof


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Fig. Sunroof components-E30 3 Series shown, E36 similar

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Fig. Sunroof lid retainer clip location-E30 3 Series shown, E36 similar
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  7. Push the cables back evenly on both sides. Remove the rail covers and pull the cables out of the guides.
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