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How do I revove the drivers side window in order to replace the window regulator?

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First disconnect the battery and then remove the inside door panel. There are a handful of screws attaching it. One hides behind the door handle escutcheon and a couple more behind the pull handle ends and at the bottom of the panel. The escutcheon and the switches panel both are snapped into place and will pry out. The panel can then be removed by lifting up and then out. Unplug the accessories and door lock wires and place the panel aside. Gentle pull the plastic moisture barrier off as much as needed to access the inner door. Now you should be able to see the regulator and window and the wires leading to the regulator motor. The window is attached to the regulator by 2 rivets and plastic mounting disc thru 2 holes in the bottom few inches of the glass. By moving the window up and down, manually if needed, these rivets can be seen through access holes in the inner door panel. If the window has been worked on before these rivets will have been replaced by bolts. If not you will need to drill the rivets out using a 1/4" bit. It is best to prop the window from below so it can't drop and I like to put a towel inside the door at the bottom just in case. Then the glass can be lifted out of the door by lifting up. Sometimes you may have to angle it out and sometimes in as you lift and in some cases the rain strip on the outside of the door at the bottom of the window may need to bee removed for clearance.

That answers "How do I remove the drivers side window in order to replace the window regulator?" but you are not finished yet.

The motor is attached to the regulator by 3 star bit bolts which you can see through 3 holes in the panel toward the mid-front of the door. Remove these and reach inside the door to separate the motor from the regulator by pushing them apart. Then the motor can be removed, assuming it has been unplugged and the wires pulled from the clip inside the door. Then there are 4 rivets (2 top, 2 bottom) holding the regulator to the inner door panel. As before 'If the window has been worked on before these rivets will have been replaced by bolts. If not you will need to drill the rivets out using a 1/4" bit.' Then the regulator can be tilted and brought out through the large opening toward the rear of the door.
Installation is the reverse of removal with these notes:
The six rivets will need to be replaced by six 1" long 1/4" bolts with lock washers and nuts.
The lining up of the motor and the regulator cable winding mechanism takes a little twisting but will work. As well the 3 bolts connecting them take a bit of puzzle skills to align.

One last note....
Most Ford products electric window problems are either the regulator cables have jumped track or the gear plugs in the motor have deteriorated and need replacing. If your window makes a soft 'clunk - clunk-clunk' sound when you press the button then it is the gear plugs and not necessarily the regulator. In that case leave the rgulator in place and after removing the motor take the 3 screws on the large round area that is part of the motor housing and you will find the main gear and what looks like very smelly relish which is what is left of your gear plugs. The replacements are available at most parts stores for around $7. The motors themselves seldom go bad but with the labor involved (takes me about one hour per window) most shops charge $200 per window because they buy their regulators with new motors and gear plugs installed so they don't fix one thing just to have the customer return in 2 months with a different problem with the same window, the customer doesn't understand that and would want them to fix it free. I would suggest that if you change the regulator, go ahead and and spend the 87 or 8 bucks and replace the gear plugs while you have it apart. My first one took me about 3 1/2 hours as I was trying to learn and be careful, but like I said I do them in an hour or so all the time now.

Almost takes longer to explain than to do it! Hehehe, good luck!

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Testimonial: "I have not done the work yet, but it sure sounds like the appropriate procedure to follow. I have removed regulators, but the windows were broken, therefore the question. The gear plug suggestion also sounds great. Thanks."

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Start at the door handle. Pry up on the plastic inserts and remove, remove the screw, there should be two screws art the bottom remove these, then remove the door handle. Lift up on the door panel and pull out, if it wont move look for additional screws. Leel down the vapor barrier. Using a 1/4 inch punch punch out the aluminum rivits holding in the door regulator. Using a 1/4 inch drill bit drill out the aluminum holding in the regulators. Replace these with 1/4 inch bolts and nuts. Do the same with the glass and replace with 1/4 inch bolts and nuts. Do not over tighten the nuts or the window will roll up very slow. Use nuts with the plastic inserts. If one regulator has gone out, the others will follow, just a matter of time. Check intertnet for regulators. cheaper.

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