So this is my first post being new to the Alfa Forum. I have used this forum many times and have found it so useful. So thanks to those that have all assisted me in the last few years.
My front passenger window collapsed a couple of days ago and did a search on the internet without finding much as much information as I would have liked.
I removed the door card and found the the white butterfly clip lying at the bottom of the door. I didnt realise that these window regulators are pre-tensioned, so putting it back together is virtually impossible unless you are superman! I removed the unit from the door and after inspecting it, realised that my window had collapsed because one of the cables had got caught in the gears within the spool. So even after getting this free, the cables were kinked and without proper tension, its pretty useless and you will have to replace it. In the short term, you can put it back together to keep your window in place until you find a replacement set.
I picked up a new regulator for around R750 or 60 pounds and if you know what how to install it, it shouldnt take you more than an hour for the whole job.
New Window Regulator
The regulator is basically made up of a track, with a white nylon wheel at either end, a butterfly clip attached to the track (your window will move up and down this track), an electric motor connected to the butterfly clip by two independant cables within a spool. As I mentioned earlier, this is sold as a complete unit and under the proper tension, so if yours comes apart, theres no real way to re-assemble it properly.
Start by removing your door card. Mine had a fastner in the door light, another three along the bottom of the door and three hidden fastners. To locate the first two - you will need to prise open the plastic covers on the door handle and in the door opener.
The third is located inside the door - you'll need to remove the window switch control to access it. Unclip the door opener and tweeter assy. Disconnect the cables.
Once all the fasteners have been removed, give the door card a decent tug and it should unclip from the plugs. Be careful not to twist the door card as you will damage the plugs. You'll want to re-use these again. Lift your door light bulb out of its housing to prevent any damage when removing the door card. Lift the door card out and remove your window.
The Window regulator motor is held in place by three nuts which you'll need undo. The track is held in place by another 2 nuts. Remove these and the unit will loosen. Disconnect the electrical connection to the electric motor on the regulator. Remove the entire unit from the door. Replacing the unit and getting it inside the door is an interesting task. Youll have to slide it in sideways, track first and ease the motor through the hole above where the motor is supposed to be mounted. Be careful here, you dont want to damage the new regulator.
Re-attach the window regulator to the door and remember to reconnect the electric connection to the electic motor. At this stage - connect the elecrtic window switch to test that the unit works and the butterfly clip move up and down. Getting the window back on to the butterfly clip and in the correct place is the hardest part of the entire job. I had to move the butterfly clip into the lowest position and my wife helped me manually manoeuver the window into place while I re-attached the butterfly clip. The window has a hole in the bottom, where a protrusion on the clip passes through. Once you have this through, lock it into place. I have taken a photo of this, but it may not be so clear.
You should now have a properly working electric window. Fantastic. Re-attach the door card and electrical connections and you're done. The job took me just under an hour and I am no mechanic. Saved me around R950 or 73 pounds in labour. Nice! Have a beer as a reward.