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Electric window the drivers side window cable has frayed and will not operate.the motor is still working it a big job to repair???.any idea on the cost to repair.

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  • CADBURYFROST Apr 13, 2009

    cheers bud! thought it wasnt going to be an easy job! just taken the door panel looks a bit tricky. regards andy.


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This is a job YOU do not want to do, it requires allot of time and skill to get the cable regulator installed and the window adjusted for proper sealing, I am a ford tech and I dreaded these. around $250 repair, dealer only part.

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