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Vehicle: 2002 3500 dodge ram van 5.9 Problem with: driver's side power window I tried to roll the window down while there was ice on it. It rolled down slightly and I tried to roll it back up; it will only roll up about half way then stalls. I heard something break. I removed the inside door panel and plastic. Reached through an access hole in the door and found a broken part. The part is plastic. I am now going to remove the remainder of the panel. In doing some research online, I think it may be the window regulator and not the window motor. I cannot afford to pay someone to fix this, I must fix it tonight because there is freezing rain coming in later tonight and tomorrow. I have 7 children, one with a disability and cannot transport them with an open window and expose them to the weather elements. PLEASE HELP. Teresa

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The plastic piece you found is most likely the window motor gear (the little plastic cog that sits inside the center of the window lift motor and rotates the regulator up and down) Being on a budget, I would go to your local junk yard and remove a used window lift motor from another 2002 Dodge Ram van (I see that make and model in the junk yard often) It is very easy to remove and you will save alot of money vs. buying a new one.

If it turns out to be the window regulator instead of the lift motor, you can order one off ebay, here is the link:
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For tonight, get some cardboard, plywood, plastic bags, and some duct tape and seal the window up from the outside, cut the cardboard or wood to fit the window frame and then tape it up to keep out the freezing rain. I know from experience that replacing a window lift motor is easy but replacing the window regulator takes some time and skill/ability to remove from the inside of the door and then reinstall.

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