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Drivers window not working, glass seems to have slipped down about an inch and cannot move it. Does this sound like motor, regulator or just the plastic window clip hardware I have read about?

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  • kcoughlin662 Apr 29, 2010

    No. It has not been working for a while, and my son accidently tried to open the window last night and it seems like it is off track? and I can move the glass up and down by hand. I can't hear the motor, though not sure if it even makes a noise when the window is not attached right?

  • kcoughlin662 Apr 29, 2010

    No, it has not been working for a while. My son accidently tried to open it last night and the glass seemed to slip off the track. Can move it up and down by hand. I cannot hear motor, though I am not sure if it makes much noise when window is not connected or working.

  • jalineman May 11, 2010

    does it make any noise at all when you push the switch

  • Joe Lane May 11, 2010

    does it try to move? even a little? do you hear the motor running?



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Okay it has most likly fallen off the track, if you remove the door panel (read online if you have not done this before) and inside you will find a few bolts holding the tracks for the window. Remove one bolt from the bottom and reach in and put glass back into the track and replace the bolt. also the windows most commonly come out of the track because of friction from aging window rubber. This can be helped by adding a little lube to the rubber around the window... make sure first that the lube you use safe for the application. if you need more help on this let me know what the make and model of the car is.

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