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Driver window fell inside door

2000 Passat. This is the second time in 2 years that the driver window has fallen inside the door. Can I fix it myself? The part was about $135 and the labor was about $150. The dealer ship wants diagnostic charge to open the door and tell me what is broken and window/glass people won't tell me which part it is.. Can anyone take a guess as to what is broken that allows the window to fall inside?
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Their is no regulator problem here. The motor is fine.

What broke was a piece of plastic the locks the cable on the track.

Pretty much screwed. VW or an auto glass company wont help.

I have replaced all of my Passats window mechanisms.
I have even remade the piece that broke and saved my self $100.

All in all the panel is removed, THen the inner plates 12 bolts are removed. The window has to be taken out....

Not too much fun,....

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Posted on May 14, 2009

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    90% of the time it is the plastic guide clips that break. Easy to replace and available here for under $20: www.regulatorfix.com

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Hi Yvonne,

It is a window regulator causing your problem. It might not even be broken. Installing and adjusting them is no walk in the park. Everything has to be just right or the window will leak at the top or one of the sides.

My suggestion would be to go to a different auto glass shop and tell them you've had this problem twice now, and it is the window regulator. You should be able to buy a new window regulator on Ebay or at one of the online auto parts shops for around $80 or so.

I'm assuming this happened rather suddenly instead of getting harder and harder to roll up and down, even if powered. The repair shop won't be estatic about you bringing your own part in; they liken it to walking into a cafe with your own eggs and bacon and asking them to cook it.

I would call a few new shops first, and tell them you have a spare regulator, and ask them what they'd charge to out it in. If the labor is outrageous it isn't worth ordering your own. Let me know how you come out!

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Assuming this is a power window there is a pulley cable that moves the window up and down if this cable came loose the window could fall down. Other possibility are the 2 bolts that go thru the glass somehow came loose. If you are mechanically inclined yes you could fix this.

Posted on May 14, 2009

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