Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
First thing I'm curious about is why the complete regulator was ordered
typically, it's only the plastic guide/clamps that break, and need to be replaced
unless one of the cables frayed or became unwound
Because the Audi shop was going to charge me $600. they said it's all one unit.
they're looking to make money. I can't remember the last time I've had to replace a complete front regulator on a C5 Audi
Yeah, I suspect so. They often give me that impression.
Usually, front window problems (slow to move/binding) are repaired by about 12 bucks worth of clips/guides
They said one of the cables was worn down to a few strands.
they removed a door panel to verify this?
here's why I ask. To change a regulator is a bit more involved than changing guides
and requires drilling and a rivet gun
yes. In fact, without my permission, they took it upon themselves to cut this cable so that they could close the window.
and this is why independent shops like mine thrive
however, it is what it is. I can help you through this
OK, well, consider me a future customer. I'm sick of these guys.
I'll leave you my direct link for future reference, once we go through this
Also, not only do I own an independent Audi shop, I also own a 2002 Allroad
Please tell me you're in Vancouver.
only about 3k miles away
Would you like to do it for me?
it's actually not horrible, if you're reasonably mechanically competent
Sorry, 3k. I thought you meant 3 km.
I'm quite handy. Used to maintain my Austin Mini Cooper when I was younger.
ok, let's start with the door panel...
and this is all from memory, so bear with me
I see two screws at the top, front and back.
there are two small phillips screws at the top of the .....
you need to remove the window switch panel
look under it towards the front. There is a small hole at the bottom of the door pull
by the way, can i save this conversation when we're done?
you need to stick a small screwdriver in there to release the window switch assembly....
and yes. You will have a link in your email
OK, great. Go ahead.
ok, so release the switch panel. Hard to describe, but it levers up from the leading edge
you're pushing the release towards the rear to pop it up
OK, and that exposes more screws?
so, you've got the switch panel up, there is one connector, with an obvious release mechanism
no more screws.
The whole panel is fixed in place by those two small phillips screws
then pull the panel straight upward
and it will release
there are 4 more electrical connectors affixed to a little connector station near the inside of the door pull
Release all of these. Don't worry about marking them. They're all different
now the panel is off
now, it gets a bit tricky
OK, I'm listening
you will then need to remove the entire window/door frame along with the exterior mirror as an assembly
it's held on by 4 T45 (I think) Torx bolts
mark positions of these using a sharpie
you'll see some aluminum wedges that adjust the door carrier position also. Mark these too
This is good.
ok....now with that....don't unbolt them completely
because you need to remove the door wiring harness connectors from the window motor and door latch.....and mirror
and release the looms that hold this harness to the window carrier frame....
Oh, wait....one more thing, when the door panel gets released....
there is a cable from the door latch to the inner door handle. That's just a hook that you need to remove
DON'T FORGET TO RE-HOOK this when replacing the panel
Thanks for that
Ok, so, all electrical connectors, off, and wiring harness dangling. Remove T45's
Remove entire component carrier with outside mirror. All that's left connected to the car is the outer door skin
you will be left with a naked door
then remove motor from regulator, unscrew the T30 torx screws holding the window to the regulator clips
Then drill out rivets holding regulator to window carrier
Can you remember what size those rivets are?
sorry.....I actually don't. I just have a good assortment of them handy
no, not 3
good thought ... can just get a kit of different sizes
that's too big
Are they just regular pop rivets?
Great. Go ahead.
Ok, then time to reinstall
and at this point, it's all in reverse....
now, with all of this said, I think there is a video
Any precautions re car alarm/electrics? Can I just go ahead and do the job with the ignition turned off and the door open?
this guy is a bit goofy, but the video will illustrate a lot of what I said
no worries about electronics
That is awesome.
The whole Justanswer thing?
yeah, I love the process here
Audidoc: I was thinking of selling my Audi because the maintenance costs are so high, but you've opened my eyes to a different possibility. Is there anyone in Vancouver like you that you know of?
Washington or BC?
actually, I don't personally know of folks in either area, unfortunately
How much longer are you planning to keep yours?
and trust me, I understand the cost of dealing with a 10+ year old allroad. Mine? This is my forever car.
Very heavily modified, 6-spd, 3rd seat, 450hp car. I'll never get rid of it
and mine has 190,000 miles on it
I've been warned there are metal filings in my turbochargers. They said that would be a $6,000 job because the engine has to come out. I'm a bit scared of that.
how many miles on yours? And the phrase "metal filings in your turbos" is ridiculous
if there were, they would fail instantly
I replaced mine at 140k miles, only to upgrade to larger ones
Wow. my car was previously owned by a German engineer. He said it was fuel-mapped and has 350 horses, and it feels like it.
gotcha. It was chipped (software flashed)
most likely closer to 315hp
yeah. that sounds right. you turn it on and off with the cruise control switch
I love the car but it gets oil leaks all the time and they just can't keep 'em plugged.
valve cover gaskets, chain tensioner gaskets and rear cam plugs
those are typical
Yes. exactly. also the rear propeller shaft seal.
automatic? Also common
Ok, let me give you my link
and if you have any other issues come up, please let me know
That's fantastic. This has been a great experience. I had no idea this was possible.
also, one other quick request. If you get a survey from the site, please take a few moments to fill it out?
And very glad to help
I'm truly an enthusiast at heart
this is more than just a business to me
You'll get top marks from me, buddy. Especially if the window job goes well.
sounds great. Good luck with it all!
Thanks. Take care.