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Old 06-30-2004, 06:41 PM
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A Handy Tip On Window Regulator

Just replaced the window regulator -- driver's side -- on my '80 300SD. I had to cut my own holes in order to access the bolts holding the motor to the regulator; your 116 may already have the proper holes, mine does, now.

For sure, one cannot get the entire mechanism out of the door while those two components are attached to one another. Even after having the access holes, though, mounting the motor after replacing the regulator is no walk in the park. I have these rather large, muscular forearms -- village smithy types -- and the inside of the door could not accomodate all that beef and metal. Just too much of a hassle, and too little room.

My solution was to take the regulator off, and remove the front window channel. By front, I mean the one nearest the door hinges. By doing so, I had enough room inside the door to re-install the entire Rube Goldberg rig, motor attached, without the first drop of blood being spilled. Easy to install the channel once the regulator/motor are tightened up.

I have learned a lot from reading this forum, and could not own this car without the invaluable input from the seasoned techs and owners. I hope this little tip can help someone down the road.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:41 PM
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300e Regulator Tip

I had to replace the drivers window regulator in my '92 300e and at first it appeared that there was no way the assembly would come out through the opening in the door.

I figured out that after detaching all the mounting bolts and temporarily reconnecting the window switch, I could operate the regulator up or down (I don't remember which way) and change the shape so entire assembly (regulator and motor) fit through the opening.

Of course if the regulator motor is completely dead this won't work.
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