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2002 cavalier driver's side power window - only works intermittently - it will go down; but then not go back up without numerous attempts; and then only in small increments. Switch for passenger side works ok. Yup, I had the same problem.. 2005 chevy. Bought the car used, 20K.. It finally stopped going up or down at all... Gets worse as the cold weather hits.. I brought it to the dealer.. they changed the motor, and it worked just fine.. made it just over a year before it did it again...I brought it back to the dealer, and got the ole, parts are only good up to a year for replacement.. $400 bucks again i paid.. Honestly, i think there's a short in the up/down switch. if yours has the auto down like mine.. Dont use it.. It seemed to speed up the killing process..

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  • nwmetals Dec 04, 2008

    I have a 2003 Cavalier with the same problem. I can purchase a new motor at a local parts store but was wondering if anyone had tips for installing it. Chevy wants $400-$500 to fix this, so it would be nice if I could do it myself.

  • Anonymous Dec 16, 2008

    i had the sam eproblem on my 05 CAV now it does not work at all

  • PixiePaige Jan 23, 2009

    I can only open 2 out of 4windows on my car. It was very strange. The problem started out withthe driver side window then worked it's way around to the other side. I can open driver side; right rear stays open; and other 2 don't work at all...correction left rear works when it wants to!!!! I could follow what Kiyo 0141 was describing, but he did not give any instructions on how to clean the contacts or remove the plastic connectors, if that is possible??? Thanks!


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Ok i had a simalar problem but hehe it wasnt the windo motor it wasnt that the switch was bad ok if its a 02-04 I think but might not be the same if the switch is in the center ok there are two lil metal connectors underneath the actual plastic switches and if the connecters are dirty it some times wont work and also the buttons have a little plastic peace that if breaks wont allow the connecters to touch see the diagram i have provided may not be the best but explains how for the most part

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Thanks for using FixYa! It is possible that this problem is caused by a bad switch, but the most likely cause is either parts that are defective or it just wore out sooner than normal.

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