1st Gen R53 Cooper S Drive side window regulator and motor

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  1. Tummi_Gummi

    Tummi_Gummi New Member

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    I have replaced my window regulator, track and motor 3 times now on my mini. About once a year. It will work fine then I'll start to hear nasty crunching and snapping in the spool housing off the motor. They've all failed the same way, the steel cable frays and stretches and destroys the plastic spool. I've only purchased oriellys dorman or other make parts. My question is, must I go OEM? Or is there something I'm not doing right? The track system comes pre lubed. Should I add lube to the spool housing as an extra measure or just shell out the 400$ on the OEM kit. It's been messed up since I got the car. The first time it broke I found the wiring harness was cut and soldered backwards but the window was rolling up and down as it should with the switch. I reversed it and it was opposite. I've checked tension on the window seal and it seems to match my passenger side. I also line up my window with my finger tip gap same as the passenger side has. It's really just getting old having to replace it. My windows stuck partially down. But the cars undergoing some maintenance so I'm not driving it anyways but would like to get this taken care of before the other stuff is done.

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    If your dealer is trying to get $400 bucks for a window regulator... try a different dealer. But the benefit of going through them is the 2year unlimited mileage warranty. Might be worth replacing the motor as well, if you haven't done that already.
     
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    I replaced my regulator with one from Rock auto, that lasted a year. I now have an OEM one. I paid about $170 I think.
     
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    I usually have to replace the motor as the cable grinds down the motor housing and chews up the gear on it.

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