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Can a window regulator make a popping sound when rolling the window up or down or what makes that noise?

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Yes, the window regulator is geared to a quadrant which moves the glass up and down. When the gear teeth become worn, they slip and make that popping sound. You will need to replace the regulator.. This is not an easy job as it is very easy to shatter the window glass. Essentially, you need to remove the bolts which hold the regulator in, remove the bolts which hold the idler runner in (this is a channel which bolts to the inside of the door and part of the regulator runs in to keep the glass level).then lower the glass gently until you can slide the regulators arms out of the runners on the glass. Then you extract the regulator, slip the new one in and reverse the procedure. If you do not hold the glass in place, it will slip down its channels and can break. If you force the regulator, that can also break the glass so you need to be very careful. If possible, get someone else to hold and manipulate the glass whilst you manipulate the regulator out and the new one back in.. Have fun..

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Yes it can. the regulator is cable driven. if the cable frays it could make a pop noise. but if the window travels up and down fine it may be something inside the door came loose and is rubbing on the window as it goes up and down. look inside the door with the window down. mabey with a flashlight you can see whats rubbin

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Usually its not the regulator that makes that noise, it is usually the window trackinside of the door that moves your window up and down. It sometimes gets dirt and stuff inside there and binds up or rusts.

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