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1998 Sunfire power window problem

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The power window on the passenger side of my 98 Sunfire has been struggling to close over the last two weeks, and has finally refused to close at all (but opens with ease). This is the same passenger door that was backed into and replaced a couple years back; I'm wondering if this could have anything to do with the current problem? Looking for a solution so that I don't overpay at a dealership if it's something I can get from a salvage yard instead. Thanks a bunch!

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Probably not related to the accident. The motors are prone to wearing out and overheating. You should be able to get a new motor for about $50. It requires removing the door panel and drilling out 4 rivets, then removing the motor and replacing it. Harder than it sounds...but not impossible for the do-it-yourselfer. The way those motors work, the difference between up and down is not the wiring, it is the polarity on the two wires...which is controlled by the switch. A bad switch can also cause it to not go one way. The switch costs more than the motor. Your local auto parts store may be able to test the switch and motor for you. You can also use a voltmeter on the motor connection and should see a polarity change in up/down.

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