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1998 grand am both window cranks are not working. passenger side will not crank anymore so window keeps slipping down a notch. Drivers side is now starting. When it started, handle was getting hard to crank.

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Grand Ams are notorious for having weak window regulators. This sounds like another case of just that problem. The only real solution we have found is to buy and install new or rebuilt regulators, at a cost of between 80 and 150 dollars each. You might get lucky with a used or junkyard regulator, but it won't be long until they give out also.

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