How do I replace the rear window motor on a 2004 chevrolet cavalier. I have drilled the 4 rivets out of the housing but can't seem to get the larghe housing out of through the holes in the door. Do I also remove the bracket on the bottom of the window?
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If the window is in your way, tape it up in place, to give yourself more room. Once you have the glass secured, you can move the regulator arms off the bottom of the glass to give more room to remove the motor
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O.k. this is how you do it. First remove your inside door panel. After you have the door panel removed you will see a layer of plastic that you will have to either pull off or cut. After you pull the plastic off of the door you should see the window motor. Now when you look at the motor take note as to whether the window it connected to the window regulator with bolts or with rivets. It your motor is connected with bolts simply unplug the motor take out the 3 bolts and remove the motor. Then you replace the motor the same way you took it off. Now if your window motor is riveted in you will need to drill out the rivets. In order to do that you will need an electric drill and a drill bit that is just a little larger then the rivet head. After you get the rivets out you will have to replace them with nuts and bolt. I hope this helps you out. Replacing a window motor is fairly easy, and I know you do fine. Good luck and best wishes.
Before replacing the motor I recommend that you verify that the switch is functioning properly. Replacing the switch is considerably easier than replacing a window motor. Here is a description of what to do to replace the electric motor in the driver's power window on a Chevrolet Cavalier. 1. Remove the interior door panel. There are two screws in the arm rest and four around the sides and bottom of the panel. Disconnect the window door lock cable from the switch on the door. 2. Remove the sound system speaker by first disconnecting the electrical cable and then removing four screws. 3. Remove the plastic water shield. The shield is held in place with an adhesive that behaves like bubble gum. Pulling the plastic shield away from the door causes the adhesive to become stringy like bubble gum. The nice feature of this is that some adhesive adheres to the door and some to the shield so that during reassembly the shield sticks well to the door. During removal use a razor blade to cut the strings to help reduce any mess. Some of the shield was caught under the door panel armrest support so that it was necessary to cut the shield to completely. Rather than cutting the shield just folded it up and taped it to the door. Be careful of what comes in contact with the adhesive because after a few hours of contact the adhesive sticks to almost anything. It even stuck to the wax paper placed over the adhesive to keep it from attaching to anything it came in contact with while removing the window regulator/motor assembly. 4. Remove the window glass. There are two nuts holding the window glass to the window regulator. It is easiest to have the window positioned about half way up to allow access to the two nuts. The window glass can be pulled out of the door by lifting the rear edge of the glass first. 5. Disconnect the electrical connector from the window motor. 6. Remove the window regulator and motor assembly. This will require an electric drill and some drill bits to drill out the 5 rivets. There are two bolts that attach part of the window regulator to the door. These need to be removed as well. Once the rivets and bolts have been removed the entire assembly (window regulator and motor) can be removed through the large opening near the rear of the door. It may not look like it will fit, but it does. The most difficult part of this repair was locating rivets to replace the rivets that are removed. Be careful to find replacement rivets that are the same length as those that were removed because at least two of the rivets could interfere with the moving parts of the window regulator if they are too long. 7. Remove the window regulator from the motor. There are three rivets that hold the window regulator and the motor assemblies together. Remove the rivets by drilling them out. These rivets can be replaced with screws from the local hardware store if you prefer not to use rivets. 8. Attach the new motor to the window regulator assembly using rivets or screws. Use stainless steel machine screws and nuts along with a lock washer under each nut. Choose whatever attachment method you prefer. 9. Lubricate the window regulator with white lithium grease. 10. Reinstall the window regulator/motor assembly in the door. 11. Plug the electrical connector back on the window motor. 12. Reinstall the window glass. Insert the front edge first to make this easier. Reinstall the two bolts holding the glass to the window regulator. 13. Test the new motor by opening and closing the window to ensure that it is operating properly. If not, resolve the problem and continue. 14. Reinstall the plastic water shield. 15. Reconnect any electrical connections. 16. Reinstall the sound system speaker. 17. Reinstall the interior door panel. Remember to reconnect the power lock connector. The job is complete.
this going to be a long one I'll start with water deflector
1.remove trim panel
2.remove seat belt assembly
3. remove tape from deflector and door inner panel
4. remove deflector from inner door panel using a wide flat bladed tool to break the hot melt sealer bond
1. remove the power door lock switch from the trim panel
2. remove lock knob and bezel
3. remove screw and reposition or remove the remote mirror bezel
LOCK KNOB AND BEZEL
1. remove cover
2. remove remote control bezel retaining screw
4. remove knob from lock rod by prying with a flat bladed tool
4. remove knob
5. remove bezel
1. remove switch from trim panel using a small flat bladed tool
2. disconnect wire connector from switch
1. remove water deflector
2. raise window to fully up position and tape window to door frame using cloth backed body tape
3. punch out the center pins of the regulator rivets then drill out rivets using 1/4 inch drill bit
4. move regulator rearward and disconnect wire harness from motor disengage roller on regulator lift arm from window sash channel
5. remove regulator through rear access hole
6. secure regulator arm to regulator by inserting a bolt through holes in the regulator and sector gear then attach a nut to the bolt
7. using a 3/16" drill bit drill out motor attaching rivets and remove motor from regulator
1. install motor to regulator with 3/16" rivets or 3/16" nuts and bolts
2.remove nut and bolt securing regulator arm to regulator.
3. then install by repeating the removal
I recommend purchasing a Haynes service manual for about $20. They are available at most auto parts stores. Unfortunately, many items such as your window motor have a sort of secret trick to remove them but can usually be found in this inexpensive book. Good luck..
Take the panel off the door and take a punch and drive the pins out of the center of the rivets. Then drill out the rivets.( easy with the center pins out) Take out the assembly. Note remove the window before you start anything. 2 X 8MM bolts clamp the bottom of the glass. When down the most of the way the window will lift right out.
Replace the assembly and either rivet back in or use bolts and locking nuts. ( Loc Tight is recommended if you are not sure the nuts will stay locked. replace the window and you are good to go.
This should take about 1 hour from start to finish.
It is the motor. Remove the inner door panel. Lower the window and remove the glass. 2 10mm nuts and window will lift out. Winow has to be in postion where you can reach the nuts through port holds in door. Knock out the center pins on the rivets holding the motor in. Unplug motor. Drill out the rivets and remove the motor. Replace motor and re rivet or screw it back in with bolts, nuts and loc tight. replace window and door panel and you are done. the charge for someone who does this all the time is 1.5 hours labor.
from what i know you have to drill the rivets out. i've found that its easiest with the window 3/4 of the way down. here's a link on an 02 sunfire that looks to be the same as the cavalier. http://www.fixya.com/cars/t1654585-replace_regulator_drivers_side_window
You need to take the door cover off, then pull the plastic away till you can see the rivets. Drill the rivets out. As the window slides down , you need to take the two bolts that hold the window to the regulator off, ther is a slot open in the door frame for this. Then pull the motor and regulator out thru the big hole in the frame. Drill the rivets out on the motor , so u can reuse the regulator. You can either use nuts and bolts or rivets to put the motor and regulator back together. But when u put the motor back in the door, unless u have access to a body shot, using bolts to mount it to the door frame is best