Subject: Re: Window Regulator Cable 95 A6

Tom Winter tom at
Fri May 2 06:27:24 PDT 2008

On 5/2/08 6:23 AM, "TooManyAudis at wrote:

> I'm having issues with my front driver side window regulator on my 95 a6  and
> was wondering if anyone has ever replaced just a cable in the past?
> All other parts are good, and it seems like a waste of money to throw the
> unit away when a 5 dollar cable will get things working again.  Well,
> all I really need is to cut off a crimped end, replace a guide, thread  the
> cable back through its guides and tubes, crimp on a new end, and I'm  golden.
> But, it's finding the ends and crimping that seem like the tricky  part.
> Any BTDT?

Bicycle shop?

Huw Powell


Huw is correct. You will be able to source cable and crimps from a bike
shop. IIRC, you may need to use brake cable from a tandem cycle as you'll be
looking for a slightly thicker gauge than is used in "normal" brakes.

If you search the site, you'll find that someone wrote up this repair for
the 5000 regulators, which were notorious for cable problems (I think I went
through 3 window regulators in both of my 5000 avants over 6 years).

Given from what I remember with the 5000 regulators, it's a bit of a mess
removing and replacing the cable. A used part from Chris at Force 5 or other
wrecker might be easier - just plug and play.

And be sure to lube everything up while you're in there. That's why your
cable blew out in the first place.

Tom '95 S6 Avant

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