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The driver door power window motor is busted, I got to get the door off to inspect the parts and assess the damage... how?

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You have to remove the interior door panel its held in place my either palstic rivets or screws or both. you will mostlikely need a philips screwdriver, a ratchet set, some wrenches, and patience. the plastic rivets break easily too. if the window is up its gonna be a little tough to remove the panel completely. good luck

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  • Dwayne Apr 23, 2009

    i had the same problem back when i had my nissan maxima. i was hoping
    it was just the switch but, the wires in the window lifter in mine got
    all mangled up. i was able t to get it to work for maybe a day when i
    got it unmangled, if yours wire even has the littlest kink your gonna
    end up replacing the lifter in the end. even if you get it fixed for
    little while.if yours is and its not the motor itself. yoru lucky because thats the cheaper of the two. If the motor is the problem you might be better of buying the whole set as one piece. that way you dont have to deal with more hassle in trying to separate the motor from the lifter. you prtty much need a vice to get them bolts/screws off to separate them.
    good luck



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