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My drivers side window quit, where and how do I start to take the door apart to get to the motor? Is it something a handy man can do? I found a motor for $143.00..the fix it place wants 60.00 per hour maybe a 2 hour job. For me maybe all day which is fine too. Thanks. dogfish52

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It's not that hard to change the electric motor for the window. Yes, a handy man can do it.
Start by removing the negative battery cable from the battery. Then locate and remove the screws that hold the interior door handles in place (they may be hidden by snap in, or snap on covers).
I personally use a tool similar to the image below to remove the interior door panel; it is held in by plastic snap clips. Try to get as close to the snap clips as possible with your pry bar to prevent them from tearing out of the door panel. Once you have removed the interior door panel, the removal and installation of the window motor will be self explainitory for a handyman. You may be able to find a used motor at a salvage yard for a lot less than $143.00.
My drivers side window quit, where and how do I - 99844d1.jpgI hope this helps you, and I wish you good luck on your repair.

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