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    Thread: 2001 Cabrio front door glass regulator issue with pictures

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      08-15-2012 10:52 AM #1
      I need you guys help again. My daughters passenger door glass would not go up all the way and when I took it apart I could see that the previous owner added a steel cable as a stop and it had got snagged on a bolt keeping the glass from going to the top. I'm guessing by the looks of the installation that it is not OEM... :-)


      Here it is fully stretched out.


      And here is the Front regulator arm.


      I have looked at my Bentley manual and it shows a different set up with an adjustable screw that I should be able to adjust or set that would keep the glass from going to far up or down. Are these missing parts or just the wrong parts or what? I dont see or feel anything on the regulator that would hit at the top to keep the glass from going to far. Which is why the previous owner added this cable stop. I looked at the other door and it has been rigged the same way.

      Can someone tell me what it is supposed to look like and if I'm missing a part what it is. I like doing things right and this definately is not. Thank you for looking...

      Garrett
      Last edited by biggunn; 08-16-2012 at 09:37 AM.

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      08-16-2012 09:40 AM #2
      Not getting any help on this... I know this has come up but there is not much on vwvortex that identifies the problem. Dealer wasn't any help either. Can somebody help me?

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      08-16-2012 02:10 PM #3
      The Bentley is right, that mess is wrong.

      My guess is that they adapted a sedan part.

      You may need to do some junkyard shopping.

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      08-16-2012 02:52 PM #4
      They probably rigged it because they cost almost $300 for the regulator. Can you take the regulator out and try and "rewind" it?
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      08-16-2012 02:54 PM #5
      Thanks BigFatDog... I was afraid of that. Anybody out there got some used regulators they want to get rid of? I need the drivers and passenger front door regulators.

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      08-16-2012 02:58 PM #6
      I can try humble mechanic but I'm not even sure how the current regulator is supposed to work. I don't know what makes it stop. I can just take it apart and look I guess but I'd like to know ahead of time what to fix.

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      08-17-2012 11:20 AM #7
      Stuff like that really makes me It contributes to VWs reputation for problems.

      There is no easy fix for that. You can't rewind what ain't there. You'll need to junkyard shop. From the sound of things you may want to go looking for a parts car to keep around.

      That said... It worked for a while. Just repeat what they did and replace the wire, but realize it's only a temp. fix.
      Last edited by BigFatDog; 08-17-2012 at 11:25 AM.

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      08-17-2012 08:46 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by BigFatDog View Post
      Stuff like that really makes me It contributes to VWs reputation for problems.

      There is no easy fix for that. You can't rewind what ain't there. You'll need to junkyard shop. From the sound of things you may want to go looking for a parts car to keep around.

      That said... It worked for a while. Just repeat what they did and replace the wire, but realize it's only a temp. fix.
      Looks like it contributes to people rigging things that break just as much as the rep for problems. Just sayin...

      Good luck man. I hope you can find a good one in the bone yard
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      08-20-2012 09:53 AM #9
      Thanks folks... At least I know what I need to do. Appreciate the input.

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      08-22-2012 10:30 PM #10
      Definitely not the later style Mk3.5 regulator clips but any 2 door regulator would work just as well. I cannot tell from looking at the pics but perhaps the plastic clips broke and it can be repaired using the zip-tie and electrical connector butt trick.

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      08-23-2012 09:31 AM #11
      aoj2108 can you explain the "zip-tie and electrical connector butt trick"? Is there another post you could point me to or have any pictures? Thanks

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