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    1. 05-29-2010 01:32 AM #1
      1. Open your door wide open




      2. Remove the tweeter cover. Remove the window switch top cover using a very thin wedge or something that won't damage the trim. Remove door trim. Remove 2 screws (t25)





      3. Use wedge/pry tool or something to pop out the interior door panel, starting from the bottom and working your way up along the sides, carefully. The unhook the top part of the panel from the tract, by pulling up forcefully.


      4. While holding the panel, use other hand to pop out the cable for the door and unhook it from the panel. Also you need to remove the connector near the speaker and the connector with a purple tab connected to the window motor.






      5. Remove 3 screws (t30?) that holds the motor to the regulator, which is on the other side the metal sheet. Admire the damaged regulator. Pinch the white tabs and push into the other side to unmount regulator.






      6. Pry/pop out the black plastic/rubber piece to gain access to the regulator when removing it later on. Remove 4 screws (t25).





      7. Pull out rubber pieces on each end of the door. This side and one near the hinges. Also, remove circle rubber cover which conceals another screw. Remove, all for screws (t40-45?)





      8. Remove that screw (t30?).




      9. Once all 9 screws are removed, pull out the top window frame towards you for about 2-3 inches and then pull up carefully, but forcefully.








      10. Remove the damaged regulator by sliding the window glass off and unscrewing the one screw (t25). Also, two other screws holding the glass to the regulator need to be removed. Then replace with new regulator.






      11. Replace the window frame by tilting it towards you and sliding it down into place. Will take a couple of tries, but you'll eventually get it in.


      12. Make sure that the screw holes are aligned and screw all 9 screws back together. Pop the window regulator tabs back into place.





      13. Reinstall everything.


      14. Done. 1- 1.5 hours max.

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      05-29-2010 01:58 AM #2
      Good job bud
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    3. 05-29-2010 02:00 AM #3
      thanks for the part. The hardest part of the job was posting these pics and editing them. hahah

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      05-29-2010 11:28 AM #4
      Good work. Thanks for the photo DIY.

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      06-01-2010 08:51 AM #5
      Excellent post. Too bad you don't have a MkIII like mine
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    6. 06-01-2010 09:23 AM #6
      excellent write-up... thank you.

      side note, has anyone here swapped to oem window shade integrated door panels?

      curious on the price and the difficulty.

    7. 07-27-2010 02:51 PM #7
      Does anyone know where I can find a Rear Driver Side Window Regulator Repair kit? I'm having trouble finding one on the internet. Thanks.

    8. 05-08-2012 08:31 PM #8
      I am stocking (well, trying) all available Audi (and VW) window regulator repair clips for models sold in North America.

      I just came across a client with a failed front left window regulator.

      I am now contacting my European manufacturers to see if they make the A3 8P clips (front and rear), and I am in need of good photos showing the clip.

      Also looking for good, detailed DIY write ups for taking the door panels off, changing the regulator (and clips).

      Please PM or send email (photos!) to info@regulatorfix.com

    9. 05-08-2012 09:54 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by vtraudt View Post
      I am stocking (well, trying) all available Audi (and VW) window regulator repair clips for models sold in North America.

      I just came across a client with a failed front left window regulator.

      I am now contacting my European manufacturers to see if they make the A3 8P clips (front and rear), and I am in need of good photos showing the clip.

      Also looking for good, detailed DIY write ups for taking the door panels off, changing the regulator (and clips).

      Please PM or send email (photos!) to info@regulatorfix.com
      so you get a diy for free? i think the client needs to be compensated.

    10. 05-08-2012 10:21 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnikSLR View Post
      so you get a diy for free? i think the client needs to be compensated.
      The client is the one getting the clip.
      The forums get a source for clips at a reasonable price.

      But yes, I am 'compensating' those who contribute (and may become clients).
      They get free clips (only pay S&H) (either for models I already stock, or the clips I am trying to find manufacturers for).

      Currently stocking (examples) (clips in large quantity, as 'back up' for clients-in-need also small quantity of pulleys, typically just one set of cables) for those models:
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    11. 08-26-2012 06:34 PM #11
      I had my rear driver side fixed at the dealer for $500. Now my rear passenger went bad I think I will try this DIY.

      Is this the right part or any where I can get the part cheaper?
      http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2206851/

    12. 08-26-2012 08:41 PM #12
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    13. 08-26-2012 08:52 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by ryuuoh View Post
      Awesome! Mine is 2006!

    14. 08-26-2012 10:46 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by xgarage View Post
      I had my rear driver side fixed at the dealer for $500. Now my rear passenger went bad I think I will try this DIY.

      Is this the right part or any where I can get the part cheaper?
      http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2206851/
      Well, "right" has a few interpretations:

      A) it could fit your (assuming you have the listed year/model/location
      B) you may only need the plastic guide clip. They are by far the most common cause for failure. I think I have them in stock. Ca $20 shipped in US.

      Sidenote: ECS is talkink about dusted cables as a cause. I have not seen one rusted czble causing an audi regulator to fail!

    15. 08-27-2012 12:35 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by vtraudt View Post
      Well, "right" has a few interpretations:

      A) it could fit your (assuming you have the listed year/model/location
      B) you may only need the plastic guide clip. They are by far the most common cause for failure. I think I have them in stock. Ca $20 shipped in US.

      Sidenote: ECS is talkink about dusted cables as a cause. I have not seen one rusted czble causing an audi regulator to fail!
      U got PM!

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      04-29-2014 11:13 PM #16
      Just used this DIY... very helpful.
      Awesome write up/photos.

      I didn't see this in the FAQ section, but it should be there.

      Thanks!

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      04-30-2014 07:56 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlippy View Post
      Just used this DIY... very helpful.
      Awesome write up/photos.

      I didn't see this in the FAQ section, but it should be there.

      Thanks!
      I used this one too. Like 8 times now

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      04-30-2014 08:30 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by BeeAlk View Post
      I used this one too. Like 8 times now
      But that was more out of personal choice, not necessity.
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      04-30-2014 10:17 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      But that was more out of personal choice, not necessity.
      Well, half true. Window regulator busted, then motor stripped, then door handle cable thing snapped, then I forgot to put the insulation back in lol.

      Good news is I can now take off the door card in about 3 minutes flat

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      05-26-2014 04:49 PM #20
      Quick question on this DIY....

      I want to replace the metal triangle trim piece on the exterior of the rear door and from the pictures it looks like the bolt holding it in place is just inside the frame. Can I simply lift up the entire window frame after unbolting it from the door frame, and NOT actually have to remove the regulator? My windows are fine, but that trim piece needs some TLC so I want to swap it out with a new one I have.

      Thanks...


      *** Here's the piece I'm looking to replace

      Last edited by everfresh59; 05-26-2014 at 05:22 PM.
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      05-27-2014 04:00 PM #21
      The regulator does not have to separate from the window frame to pull it out of the door. Not sure if that triangle piece requires removal of the regulator though.

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      05-28-2014 11:06 AM #22
      Yea, that's what I'm not sure of either... I just don't wanna mess with it since it's working fine... But that triangle trim piece has got to go now that it's starting to look worse... I guess I'll take my chances...
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      05-28-2014 03:44 PM #23
      You shouldn't screw anything up by removing the regulator if you end up having to do so..

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      06-22-2014 05:48 PM #24
      Great DIY, just replaced my left rear with a $50 replacement regulator from rockauto.com. Works GREAT.

    25. 07-05-2014 10:24 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by xgarage View Post
      I had my rear driver side fixed at the dealer for $500. Now my rear passenger went bad I think I will try this DIY.

      Is this the right part or any where I can get the part cheaper?
      http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2206851/
      I think this is 2009-2011 year models.

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      07-05-2014 05:49 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlippy View Post
      Just used this DIY... very helpful.
      Awesome write up/photos.

      I didn't see this in the FAQ section, but it should be there.

      Thanks!
      Sometimes I think the mods have abandoned us. There was a period a few months back when they were going to update the DIY section. I did one and JRutter did like 3 of them.... never got added. There's some gems in here too, but they take a while to find without being easily accessible at the top where they should be.
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      07-07-2014 07:03 PM #27
      I tackled this on the weekend and it's sounds a lot worse than it actually is... Highly recommend having an extra set of hands... Managed to take it apart and back together in less than an hour...
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      07-07-2014 11:33 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by everfresh59 View Post
      I tackled this on the weekend and it's sounds a lot worse than it actually is... Highly recommend having an extra set of hands... Managed to take it apart and back together in less than an hour...
      It really is, isn't it? The first time you do it you'll be surprised at how easy it was.. Then the next 5+ times you do it you won't even have to think and you'll get it done in 25 minutes.

    29. 08-29-2014 11:08 AM #29
      Just want to thank the OP for a great write-up! I just replaced the regulator in my 2006 A3 in under 90mins... The write-up is spot on!

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      09-01-2014 04:22 PM #30
      Thanks for a very nice write-up on this. Using this guide for my 2009 A3, I took it apart, and crazy glue the broken piece and zip tied it so that for now, my window will stay up. I was mad about that plastic piece, but for now, I am at peace. I just need to order a new regulator and redo.

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      09-26-2014 01:49 PM #31


      Read your post, looked at photos, tore door apart, taped window in up position and ordered regulator. Thanks for the write up.

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      09-28-2014 12:49 PM #32
      Great DYI..
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