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The electric windows don't work, but only intermittently: some days they work great, some days they fail. They work 90% of the time. The shop is telling me I need new, very expensive motors. Is that really likely to be so? Or is it more likely to be the switches; or the connection to the motor? How can I take the window controls apart to test them?

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  • pete142 Jul 16, 2009

    ok, thx.

  • pete142 Jul 16, 2009

    I accepted the answer, but then I thought of another thing:

    Sometimes the passenger-side window control works, and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, I can raise and lower the window with the driver-side control. That makes me think that, perhaps in addition to a malfunctioning motor, there's a connectivity problem.

    I'd like to prove that out. I certainly agree that I don't want to be taking motors apart and cleaning off commutators and replacing brushes. But I'd like to be sure it's not an intermittent connection issue.

    So: How do I get the switch and motor in a place where they are accessible? Thanks.



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It is likely the motor itself.
The brushes leave a coating on the commutator after years of use that can be cleaned with an eraser.
It requires removal and disassembly to clean.

Unfortunately - that quick fix does not last long - unless you replace the brushes.

You will find it easier to just replace the motor that is acting up.

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