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 do you hear it trying to work, is it like a "clack, clack, clack"
sound? or you hear the motor running smoothly? You will need to remove
the door panel and take a look behind the plastic water seal to see
whats going on, it is either going to be the regulator ( part the motor
is attached to...cable broke)/damaged or more likely the nylon bushings
inside the motor itself, they run like 10 bucks on Amazon. If you take
the motor out of the regulator assembly be careful not to let the cable
system come apart/unwind( use nylon ties while motor is out to hold in
place). The motor itself is straight forward open/replace worn/falling
apart nylon bushings/relube/reassemble. The tricky part is not screwing
up the regulator assembly...depends on your skills.
First do you hear it trying to work, is it like a "clack, clack, clack" sound? or you hear the motor running smoothly? You will need to remove the door panel and take a look behind the plastic water seal to see whats going on, it is either going to be the regulator ( part the motor is attached to...cable broke)/damaged or more likely the nylon bushings inside the motor itself, they run like 10 bucks on Amazon. If you take the motor out of the regulator assembly be careful not to let the cable system come apart/unwind( use nylon ties while motor is out to hold in place). The motor itself is straight forward open/replace worn/falling apart nylon bushings/relube/reassemble. The tricky part is not screwing up the regulator assembly...depends on your skills.
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.
Hope this is helpful, You are going to need to replace the regulator assembly. This is the part that actually connects the widow glass with the motor. Most of the units these days come with the motor attached,I recommend regulator and motor both even if they can be replaced separately. The door panel will need to be removed to get the regulator out. The trim bezel around the door handle is usually just snap fitted around the handle assembly on your car. There may be screws down through the pull handle and in some cases, you must remove the window switch assembly to access a hidden screw or two. There will be push type retainers that hold the panel itself to the door frame. You must be very cautious at all points of removing the panel, many of the parts break easily and are not readily available. There may be one or more electrical connections from the door to the panel, disconnect as necessary. Once the door panel is out of the way you will need to peel back the moisture barrier (plastic) to expose the 10mm bolts that hold the regulator to the inside of the door frame and the ones that attach the window glass to the regulator. Tape can be used to hold the window glass up in the top of the channel (loop it over the top of the door and stick to both sides of the glass) One wire connector will be attached to the motor assembly. Unbolt the assemlby and remove from the door, this can be a bit of a puzzle, but you keep trying and the old will come out and the new will go in . Have fun and good luck. and NEVER be ashamed to take it to someone with more experience and/or tools if you need to. But you CAN do this with patience, caution, and a bit of tenacity.
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
Fig. View of inner door frame and window regulator assembly
Lower the window glass and remove the door panel.
Carefully peel off the door screen so that it can be reused.
Raise the window enough to reach the regulator bolts, hold the glass underneath and unbolt the glass from the regulator.
To remove the glass, raise the glass by hand and tilt it as necessary to remove it from the track.
To remove the regulator, lower the glass carefully to the bottom of the door and remove the bolts to remove the regulator.
Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten all bolts to 61 inch. lbs. (7 Nm).
Fig. Installing the door glass regulator
Remove the door panel.
Carefully peel off the door screen so that it can be reused.
Unbolt the window from the regulator and carefully lower it to the bottom of the door.
Disconnect the wiring and remove the motor mounting bolts.
Remove the 3 guide rail bolts and lower the motor and guide rail assembly out the bottom of the door.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
The upper cable must be below the guide rail mounting bracket. Showing window regulator motor, or assembly carrier with window regulator, removal/installation
The illustration shows the removal and installation of the window
regulator motor/assembly carrier with the window regulator on the rear
doors. The procedure for removing and installing on the front doors is
Fig. Slide a hammer shaft between the window guide and the
assembly carrier until the end of the hammer shaft presses against the
assembly carrier. Remove the screws and take off the window regulator
Slide a hammer shaft between the window guide and the assembly
carrier until the end of the hammer shaft presses against the assembly
Remove the screws and take off the window regulator motor.
The gearing will move when the window regulator motor is removed;
it is then no longer centered. The gearing must be aligned when the
window regulator motor is installed until the window regulator motor is
Installation is the reverse of the removal (see illustration).
Motor & Regulator
The illustrations in the procedure show the replacement of the
window regulator motor/carrier assembly with window regulator for rear
doors. The procedure for front doors is the same.
Remove the front or rear carrier assembly.
Slide a hammer handle between the window guide and carrier
assembly until the hammer handle end presses on the gears of the carrier
Unfasten the bolts (1) and remove window regulator.
Fig. Unfasten the bolts (1) and remove window regulator
By removing window regulator motor, gearing shifts, it is not centered.
Fig. By removing window regulator motor, gearing shifts, it is not centered
When installing window regulator motor, the gears must be aligned until the window regulator motor is centered again.
Attach and tighten the bolts to 3.5 Nm. The bolts must be
tightened to specifications, or damage to plastic sleeve on window
regulator motor can result.
Carrier assembly with window regulator, installing:
For replacement part carrier assemblies, the gearing is secured in place with a cable tie.
Fig. For replacement part carrier assemblies, the gearing is secured in place with a cable tie (1)
Slide a hammer handle between window guide and SF so far until hammer handle end presses on gears of SF.
Remove the cable tie .
By removing window regulator motor, gearing shifts, it is not centered.
When installing window regulator motor, gears must be aligned until window regulator motor is centered again.
Attach and tighten bolts to 3.5 Nm. The bolts must be tightened to
specifications, or damage to plastic sleeve on window regulator motor
1989-92 Models (see Figure 8 - click over pic for zoom)
Remove window regulator switch housing.
Remove the door inside handle cup (snaps out).
Fig. 8: Door trim panel-1989-92 models
Remove the self tapping screw retaining door trim panel upper
front extension assembly, and remove assembly.
Remove the two self tapping screws retaining door trim panel to
the door inner panel.
Lift the door trim panel upward and snap out trim panel.
Disconnect the wire harness for courtesy lamp.
Attach the wiring harness to the courtesy lamp.
Place the door panel into position, then tighten the panel to the
Attach the upper front extension assembly.
Snap the door handle cup on the door assembly.
Install the window regulator switch housing.
Electric Window Motor REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Remove the trim panel and watershield.
Remove the speakers.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Disconnect the motor wires and the connector.
Using the dimples located on the inner door panel, drill
in. (19mm) holes for access to the motor.
When drilling the holes, the glass must be in the up position. The
hole saw pilot must not extend more than1/4in.
(6mm) beyond the hole saw.
Secure the regulator in a vise and drill a5/16in.
(8mm) hole through the regulator sector gear and the plate. Install a1/4in.
(6mm) bolt and nut in the hole to prevent the sector gear from moving
when the motor and drive assembly is removed.
Working through the holes, remove the 3 motor and
drive-to-regulator attaching bolts. Remove the motor and drive from the
Clean the chips of metal from the surrounding area. Then coat the
bare metal to avoid rust.
When installing the motor and drive to the regulator and install
the 3 screws just snugly enough to hold it. Remove the regulator
restraining bolt and nut if the old regulator was re-used.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Connect the wires and cycle the glass through its run to ensure
gear engagement. Then, tighten the attaching screws to 50-85 inch lbs.
Install the speakers and door trim panel with watershield.
Most likely the sound is coming from your "window lift assembly" being torn up. Your window motor attaches to the back of the assembly and winds up the cable that raises and lowers your window. Most likely the cable has come unattached and is grinding inside.
You can buy a new assembly from Autozone (about $100 is what they usually run) and replace it. The first step is to remove the side panel from your door. Once the panel is off you can see where your motor is bolted on to the center of your door. Remove the motor and then unbolt the rest of the window lift assembly. Be careful though about removing the pins that attach your window to the lift assembly. Due to the curve of the glass, it only takes a little pressure to shatter the glass. Once the window lift assembly is replaced, put everything back the way it was before and you are good to go.
It is not that complicated of a job, it just takes a little patience. Good luck!
Pull off door panel speaker and switches. lower the window to where you see the two or four 10millimeter that connect scissor mechanism to the window. Prop window all the way up and put a door stopper to prevent the window from falling down. Unbolt window motor, unplug window motor, and unbolt eveything else in the door. Pull it all down and out through the bottom largest whole, lay flat on ground the entire indoor mechanism, out where you can see it on the floor. Take a pic with camera, and proceed to swapping regulator, intallation is same as removal. Good Luck
those vehicles use a cable drive system, there is no quick fix, you just have to replace the regulator and motor assembly, just remove the door panel, unbolt the regulator from the window, remove the assembly from the door, and replace, should be no alignment or adjustment nesessary. you may be able to get the regulator without the motor, but trust me, it is worth it to do both together