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Driver's side window doesn't work

The driver's side window switch has always been a little sketchy; getting caught in the up position, not functioning at all on occasion. A couple of days ago, the window starting going up and down very slowly. Today when I tried to lower it, I got nothing. How would I replace the motor?

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I would make sure the master switch is not the problem,make sure power and ground are supplied to the motor from the switch you'll need a test lamp,the light should come on by probing at the motor connector,light willcome onup position ,other pole will light in down position,no light ,no power bad switch good luck

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