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When changing out a window regulator can you change out the spools without having to purchase a new motor

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Yes. spool comes with regulator, all you do is remove motor and reinstall on new regulator, hope this helps.

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It's best to obtain a factory window regulator (motor included) due to the fact that they are updated and should last longer than the previous. 2004 - 2007 F-150's have window regulator issues.

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Hi Robert,

What you have is a broken window regulator. This is very common. If the cables are off, it is because the plastic guides on the window regulator have broken. The only way to fix it is to replace the regulator assembly. It is kind-of a waste, because your motor is probably working. The window regulator will come with a new motor. You can buy a motor without buying the regulator, but you cannot buy the regulator without the motor.

You didn't mention what year and model your Buick is, so I cannot give you any specific information. However, your regulator assembly should look like one of the regulators pictured below. Both of these are available at most aftermarket auto parts outlets.

The entire assembly is pretty easy to change. The hard part is getting the door panel off...you said you have already done that, so it is downhill from there. Everything should be held together with several 10mm head bolts (usually 7 or 8 of them) and one electrical connector.

I hope this information helps you to get your window fixed. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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I assume you are talking about the window regulator, which can not be re-spooled. You can purchase a new one around $40-$60 from most parts stores on the internet. www.rockauto.com has them starting around $36 and up. It would then have to be replaced, most shops will charge around 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
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1) remove the 2 screws from the door. There is one behind the handle and one on the arm rest where you pull the door shut. Pry off the little plastic covers and simply screw them out. There might also be one on the bottom of the very bottom of the door panel, but there was not on my van. 2) Pry off the auto window control panel. It takes some force, but should off clean and be able to re-insert without any replacement parts. 3) Pull the door panel off. It's held on by a number of clips, so you'll want to start at one corner and pull all the way around. It sounds like you are breaking the door, but it's just the sound of the clips popping. YOU MAY BREAK SOME CLIPS, but you can re-insert them easily...if you can find them. I had to look at 3 different auto parts stores. But you can move them around so that they are in the right place and get by with less clips than you think when you replace the door. 4) push the panel up over the lock button and pull slowly back and unplug the connection to the control panel, this should pull out pretty easily. Then disconnect the door handle from the rod by rotating it and pulling down. It will push right back in the same way. 5) The motor is at the bottom and is connected to the regulator. check the regulator to make sure it's not damaged. If it really is just the motor, you won't hear anything when you push the window button. If the regulator is locked up, you will hear the motor trying to push against it. 6) Unplug the electric connection from the motor. 7) Make sure the window is held in place. I taped it in place, but the tape left a residue, so if possibe, you'll want to wedge something in to hold it fully upright. 7) Use a pliers to remove the circular sheet metal cover that attaches the regulator to the motor. I pulled this off before disconnecting the motor itself and then pulled the white wire coil off and attached it to my new motor to make sure everything worked before removing the old motor. 7a) Beware of the regulator cables wrapped around the spool. In my case, once I got the spool and cable guide off of the motor, the cables unraveled instantly from the spool.
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