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Power window will sometimes work with a little help.

When I press the power window button all I hear is a small clunk for the window assemly and the window will try to move. I know it has power because if I help it a bit the window will sometime move.

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From what you have described, it sounds to me like you have a bad/worn window regulator which is what the window motor and window itself are connected to. Not the easiest of repairs, especially if you've never replaced one! But if you attempt this repair you'll need to 1st remove the inner door panel to access it. Its mostlikely bolted to the inner door framing and riveted to the clips the attach the window to the regulator. Oh, and if your window is in the up position, tape it with masking tape in place by starting at one side, then over the door piller, and ending at the otherside of the window. you can order the regulator/motor assembly at your local chain auto parts store (Pepboys, Autozone, O'rielly, etc. Good luck, and let me know if this helped you.

Posted on May 31, 2009

  • jjallen5150 Jun 02, 2009

    Yep, I think you do have a worn/broken window regultor or a worn/broken window motor gear/track assembly. Now with that being said im not to sure if you have to purchase the window regultor and motor as 1 unit, reason I say that is because like I stated in my last comment that I own an '02 4dr with a build date of Feb. '02 and mine has a "cable" driven window regulator that comes with an attached motor, I bought my assembly from a salvage yard and was going to change motors by putting my old 1 on it because it seemed a little faster but it fell apart (my old 1) proving to me that it had to be purchased as 1 unit. The 1 I bought from the junk yard works fine after I greased the cables with white lithium grease. sorry for all the chatter, just letting you know what kind of experiance I had with mine. Like I said, remove the door panel and you "should" be able to see that thats the problem. Let me know how it turns out.



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