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In my 2002 toyota sequoia rear window went down unevenly and only half way. It went back up but now wont go down iat all. About a year ago had same prblem and they replaced the motor. Right now All other windows work. Local Toyota dealer service rep says its the "computer."

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Can you hear the motor running when you ask it to lower the window? Is the fuse OK? If the motor is running then most likely the cable that lifts the window has snapped. If there is no noise and the fuse is OK then the motor is either dead or the cable has snagged it. The cable that is used to raise and lower the windows is made of steel and eventually rain water causes it to corrode through. The mechanism consists of a rail running vertically within the door that provides the location for the window clamp. This clamp is secured to the bottom edge of the window and is also attached to a cable. The cable from the top of the clamp passes up the rail, over a pulley at the top and down to the window motor drum that lies about mid way down the door. The cable winds around the drum a few times and then passes onwards to the bottom of the rail where it again goes around a pulley to make its way back up to the bottom side of the window clamp to which it is attached. When the motor drum rotates the cable is both pushed and pulled and in the process moves the window clamp either up or down the rail and closes and opens the window respectively. Sometimes if the cable has snapped it gets completely entangled in the drum and this can disable all motor movement. To fix: remove the door inner panel. Unbolt the window glass clamp and slide the glass up into the frame and tape it temporarily in place out of the way with duct tape etc. Unbolt the rail top and bottom from the dooor framing and disconnect the electric wires from the motor. Lift the assembly clear of the door. Depending on the nature of the break and method of attachment it might be possible to replace the braided cable with a suitable length from Home Depot hardware store. Play with the mechanism so that you are completely familiar with what it is trying to do and in which direction and how many times around the cable is wound onto the drum. Otherwise a visit to a breakers yard might yield the goods. If fitting a second-hand unit, liberally grease the cable to keep rust at bay and it should last a lifetime.

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