What holds it up? the motor runs, i've taken the door panel apart and unbolted the motor assembly from the door. I can see how the window is attached to an assembly which is attached to the track that the window moves along, but can't figure out what is supposed to keep it in the up position. i also have a picture of the p/w regualtor w/ motr for front door drvr side, for '00 to '03. is there a braking/locking mechanism that is supposed to engage when the window is rolled up? can you help?
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first remove the door panel to give access to the window and regulator assembly you can move the window up or down in order to access the 2 screws or bolts holding the window to the regulatorr assembly if not possible put your hand up inside and try to loosen the screws or bolts with a wrench or small screw driver then the window should fall becareful not to break or damage the glass then unbolt the regulator from door frame and pull it out through the hole if electric the motor should come with it if just manual the rods and so on come with it if electric you need to unplug the motor connector
I just finished doing this so I am going to put the steps in order and very clear:
Remove the one screw which hold the plastic under the door latch. Do this first since if you take window control piece out first and you drop the screw it ill go into the door and you might have trouble finding it later.
Pull up on the plastic with the window control, using a flat head screw driver, come up easy. Unplug the wire.
Pry off the cover on the door pull arm, start from the bottom comes off easy again with flat screw driver.
Unscrew the three screws (large flips head), Pull out the screws and save so you don't loose.
Start from the bottom and pull out the panel now from the door, using a weed puller or a long flat head screw driver. Most come out OK, if they come off the panel you can reattach to the panel.
Lift panel off door and up and it is done.
Window motor assembly is attached to the door by 3 bolts. It is attached to the window with one other bolt (10 mm, all of them). Window needs to be down 2/3 of the way so you can access the bolt.
The motor and other parts comes out of the hole pretty easy.
Install new assembly, attach wire, lower window so the connector for the window attachment is moved down (it comes in the up position).
Attach window with the bolt. Attach the assembly to the door (3 bolts).
Put the panel back up in reverse order.
I have taken a lot of doors apart and this was actually one of the easiest, Freelander is a piece of junk in maintenance department so good to know how to take it apart. Have to take the other side apart soon to fix the door lock actuator.
The glass for your window sits on a metal bar on the window regulator assembly. The bar is raised by scissor like lifts run by a motor. If it falls forward the rear portion may have come off from the bar and the guides at the rear may have kept it from lower along with the side that is still attached. You will have to open the door panel to gain access to it. Inspect also the guide for dirt or it may need replacing, it could have caused the part of the window to come of.
Below is a sample of what the assembly would look like:
best to buy this as an assembly. remove the drivers door panel behind the door is the window motor and regulator assembly. unbolt the regulator from the glass and remove the glass or prop the glass in the up position unbolt the motor and remove the assembly from the door and reinstall the assembly be carefull to position the nuts for the glass and make sure the pads that protect the glass are in place dont over tighten the nuts on the glass part or you will explode the glass
If its like most VW's it will work on a cable and pulley system I had the same problem with my sons VW Lupo a few weeks ago and let me tell you they are a nightmare to get back in if your not good around cars I wouldn't strongly recommend you take it to someone who knows what their doing
I hope this helps
To remove the door panel, phillips head door screws should be removed, and the panel should slide up. Next, unbolt the window from the regulator and remove the window from the door. Then unbolt the regulator. The regulator and the motor have to be removed together. The motor will be mounted to the door on the inside. There should be three screws or nuts (10mm) holding the motor in. Remove motor and regulator. Reverse to reinstall.
My drivers side quit working. I took the door/window assembly apart and found that a small plastic clip had worn/broken. I modified it to hold the cable securely. The problem I had was knowing how the cables routed in the door and window assembly to put it back together. I found an online picture of a new one and routed my cables per the photo. It has not given me problems since. Time invested, about 3 hours. Cost was $0. If you buy a new one, cost is about $80 (online) and time would be about 2 hours. If you have the $$, buy a new one.