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Problem is I live in Mexico so parts are is also riveted in and the cost of of assembling all the parts , leaving the car with a trusted mechanic many miles away for days and expect a real fix is unrealistic....the hammer works great and so does the window.....for a while

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2005 CTS sunroof assembly - Wind deflector.

What have you got to lose by trying it? I would think that the worst case scenario would be that you will need a $550 sunroof assembly if you remove the rivet and it doesn't work to solve the problem....

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How do you replace the Driver's side power window motor on a 2001 chevy caalier

Before replacing the motor I recommend that you verify that the switch is functioning properly. Replacing the switch is considerably easier than replacing a window motor.
Here is a description of what to do to replace the electric motor in the driver's power window on a Chevrolet Cavalier.
1. Remove the interior door panel. There are two screws in the arm rest and four around the sides and bottom of the panel. Disconnect the window door lock cable from the switch on the door.
2. Remove the sound system speaker by first disconnecting the electrical cable and then removing four screws.
3. Remove the plastic water shield. The shield is held in place with an adhesive that behaves like bubble gum. Pulling the plastic shield away from the door causes the adhesive to become stringy like bubble gum. The nice feature of this is that some adhesive adheres to the door and some to the shield so that during reassembly the shield sticks well to the door. During removal use a razor blade to cut the strings to help reduce any mess. Some of the shield was caught under the door panel armrest support so that it was necessary to cut the shield to completely. Rather than cutting the shield just folded it up and taped it to the door. Be careful of what comes in contact with the adhesive because after a few hours of contact the adhesive sticks to almost anything. It even stuck to the wax paper placed over the adhesive to keep it from attaching to anything it came in contact with while removing the window regulator/motor assembly.
4. Remove the window glass. There are two nuts holding the window glass to the window regulator. It is easiest to have the window positioned about half way up to allow access to the two nuts. The window glass can be pulled out of the door by lifting the rear edge of the glass first.
5. Disconnect the electrical connector from the window motor.
6. Remove the window regulator and motor assembly. This will require an electric drill and some drill bits to drill out the 5 rivets. There are two bolts that attach part of the window regulator to the door. These need to be removed as well. Once the rivets and bolts have been removed the entire assembly (window regulator and motor) can be removed through the large opening near the rear of the door. It may not look like it will fit, but it does. The most difficult part of this repair was locating rivets to replace the rivets that are removed. Be careful to find replacement rivets that are the same length as those that were removed because at least two of the rivets could interfere with the moving parts of the window regulator if they are too long.
7. Remove the window regulator from the motor. There are three rivets that hold the window regulator and the motor assemblies together. Remove the rivets by drilling them out. These rivets can be replaced with screws from the local hardware store if you prefer not to use rivets.
8. Attach the new motor to the window regulator assembly using rivets or screws. Use stainless steel machine screws and nuts along with a lock washer under each nut. Choose whatever attachment method you prefer.
9. Lubricate the window regulator with white lithium grease.
10. Reinstall the window regulator/motor assembly in the door.
11. Plug the electrical connector back on the window motor.
12. Reinstall the window glass. Insert the front edge first to make this easier. Reinstall the two bolts holding the glass to the window regulator.
13. Test the new motor by opening and closing the window to ensure that it is operating properly. If not, resolve the problem and continue.
14. Reinstall the plastic water shield.
15. Reconnect any electrical connections.
16. Reinstall the sound system speaker.
17. Reinstall the interior door panel. Remember to reconnect the power lock connector.
The job is complete.

Nov 24, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Driver's door won't open from the inside

The little arm on the inside of the interior door handle has most likely broken. It is part of the handle assembly and not sold seperately. To replace it you have to remove the inner door panel to get to the handle which is usually pop riveted to the metal part of the door structure. If it is pop riveted you have to drill out the pop rivet to remove the handle. I usually use a small bolt to hold the new handle in place. Be carefull when drilling out the pop rivet! Roll the window all the way up so when you drill through the rivet you don't accidentally hit the glass with the drill bit and break it. Although there could be something else wrong, I replace a couple of these a month for just this type of problem. Hope this helps!

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How do you replace the regulator for the power window on the 2002 ford explorer

Regulator - Power Windows - Front Door
  1. Remove the front door trim panel as follows:
    1. Remove the front door handle bezel.
    2. Remove the front door window/lock control switch bezel.
    3. Disconnect the window/lock control switch electrical connectors.
    4. Remove the 3 front door trim panel screws.
      CAUTION To avoid damaging the trim panel, do not pull directly outward to carry out this step.
    5. Lift the door trim panel by pulling directly upward on the armrest to disengage the panel clips.
    6. Remove the exterior mirror control switch from the front door trim panel.
  2. Remove the front door speaker.
  3. Remove the interior molding.
  4. Disconnect the door lock actuating rod at the door handle assembly:
    1. Release the door lock actuating rod clip.
    2. Position the door lock actuating rod aside.
  5. Remove the front door weather shield.
    CAUTION Make sure the holes in the glass bracket do not become enlarged during the rivet removal process. If the holes become enlarged, the new rivets may become loose, resulting in clicking noise concern.
    NOTE Some vehicles may use rivets to attach the window glass to the window regulator assembly. Use a 4.5 mm (0.1772 in) drill bit to drill out the glass-to-regulator rivets.
  6. Remove the 2 front door window glass-to-regulator bolts or rivets.
  7. Position the front door window glass as necessary to access the front door window glass-to-regulator bolts or rivets.
  8. Secure the front door glass in the full up position with tape.
  9. Disconnect the window regulator motor electrical connector.
  10. Remove the 4 window regulator assembly nuts.
  11. Remove the window regulator assembly.


    Fig. Exploded view of the front door and power window components-2005 Explorer and Mountaineer

To install:
  1. Position the window regulator assembly.
  2. Install the 4 window regulator assembly nuts. Tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  3. Connect the window regulator motor electrical connector.
  4. Remove the tape securing the front door glass in the full up position.
  5. Position the front door window glass as necessary to access the front door window glass-to-regulator bolts or rivets. Install the bolt and tighten the bolts to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm), or install new rivets.
  6. Install the front door weather shield.
  7. Connect the door lock actuating rod at the door handle assembly:
    1. Position the door lock actuating rod into proper location.
    2. Attach the door lock actuating rod clip.
  8. Install the interior molding.
  9. Install the front door speaker.
  10. Install the front door trim panel as follows:
    1. Install the exterior mirror control switch from the front door trim panel.
    2. Position the door trim panel onto the armrest to engage the panel clips.
    3. Install the 3 front door trim panel screws.
    4. Connect the window/lock control switch electrical connectors.
    5. Install the front door window/lock control switch bezel.
    6. Install the front door handle bezel.

  1. Raise the front door window glass to the full up position.
  2. Remove the interior door handle.
  3. Support the front door window glass.
  4. Disconnect the front door window regulator motor electrical connector.
  5. Remove the equalizer bracket nuts.

    Fig. Remove the equalizer bracket nuts-2005 Explorer Sport-Trac
  6. Remove the front door window regulator by removing the rivets and nuts.
  7. Remove the front door window regulator motor retaining bolts and then remove the motor.


    Fig. Remove the front door window regulator motor retaining bolts and then remove the motor-2005 Explorer Sport-Trac
To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2. Tighten the regulator motor mounting bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).

Hope this help (remember rated and comment this).

Mar 24, 2010 | 2002 Ford Explorer

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I replaced the window motor on the drivers door on my 02 Sunfire.
was a big pia .. you have to drill out the huge pop rivets and squeeze the motor and assembly out of the door.. The motor is then again riveted to the arm assembly. I used bolts to put the motor back on the arm, but had to buy the big pop rivets and a big pop rivet gun to put the door back together.. All in all a big PIA.. I would take it to a shop.. imo..

Jul 23, 2009 | 2002 Pontiac Sunfire

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Drivers window fell down 2003 Impala

Most all window motors and regulators are pop-riveted to the door. This requires special tools to reinstall the pop rivets and assembly.

Jul 18, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Impala

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Replace the window motor power window bolts and rivets

Take the panel off the door and take a punch and drive the pins out of the center of the rivets. Then drill out the rivets.( easy with the center pins out) Take out the assembly. Note remove the window before you start anything. 2 X 8MM bolts clamp the bottom of the glass. When down the most of the way the window will lift right out.
Replace the assembly and either rivet back in or use bolts and locking nuts. ( Loc Tight is recommended if you are not sure the nuts will stay locked. replace the window and you are good to go.
This should take about 1 hour from start to finish.

Apr 20, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

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2004 Mercury Monterey left frnt window sector gear R&R proceedure

are you a techie? You need a heavy duty riveter to do this repair. May have to rent or borrow from auto store.

here's the procedure

Front Door Trim Panel s4w~us~en~file=adobe.gif~gen~ref.gif Printable View (251 KB) NOTE: LH side is shown. RH side is similar.
  1. Remove the parts in the order indicated in the following illustration and table.


  2. Item Part Number Description 1 23942/23943 Mirror access panel 2 1722897 Cup assembly 3 W56904-S424 Window regulator control switch panel screws 4 14A665 Window regulator control switch panel
    Removal Note 5 W701930-S424 Front door trim panel screw 6 W701930-S424 Front door trim panel screw 7 N602703-S61 Front door trim panel screw 8 1723943 Front door trim panel 9 W705590-S300 Nut insert(s)
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Item 4: Window Regulator Control Switch Panel Removal Note
  1. If equipped, disconnect the electrical connector(s).
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Special Tool(s) s4w~us~en~file=st1132a.gif~gen~ref.gif Heavy Duty Riveter
501-D011 (D80L-23200-A)
  1. Remove the front door trim panel. For additional information, refer to Section 501-01 .
  1. Position the watershield aside.
  1. Remove the parts in the order indicated in the following illustration and table.

    To remove individual parts, only carry out the listed steps: Part Steps Front door window glass 1, 3 Front door window regulator 1-5 Front door glass run 1, 3, 6-8
Item Part Number Description 1 W706495-5100 Rivet (2 required)
Removal Note
Installation Note 2 N8621986 Nut (3 required) 3 21410 Front door window glass 4 W706495-5100 Rivet (4 required)
Removal Note
Installation Note 5 23200 Front door window regulator
Removal Note 6 N800507-S Bolt (2 required) 7 21596 Front door glass run 8 — Front door glass run (Part of 21596)
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Item 1: Rivet Removal Note
  1. Connect the window control switch.
  1. Connect the battery.
  1. Position the door window glass halfway down to gain access to the door window glass rivets.
    • Remove the rivets.
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  1. Remove the rivets.
Item 5: Front Door Window Regulator Removal Note
  1. Disconnect the electrical connector.
  1. s4w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: Prior to power window motor removal, make sure the regulator arms are in a fixed position to prevent counterbalance spring unwind. Failure to place the regulator arms in a fixed position can cause the spring to suddenly release resulting in personal injury.
    NOTE: The counterbalance spring assists the window in the upward direction.
    Remove the bolts and the window regulator motor.
Item 4: Rivet Installation Note
  1. Using the special tool, install the rivets.

Feb 21, 2009 | 2004 Ford Freestar

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Power window repair

My cable got tangled up and I had to replace the entire window assembly (except the glass). It was pretty easy. You take the door panels off, unplug the motor, support the glass with a prop, take out about 6 screws, and the whole track assembly including the motor came out. I bought the new assembly at Advance Auto for about $92.00. It was already put together too.

Oct 31, 2008 | 1998 GMC Safari

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Repalce front driver power window motor - 1993 cutlass ciera

Disconnect the battery negative cable, carefully remove the door panel, make sure you remove all the visible hold down screws holding the arm rest and other things in place, be careful and observant, don't force anything. If you don't have the standard door panel removal tools, use a stiff putty knife or a wide screwdriver to remove the door panel, you will have to get the power window control switch and the lock control rods out of the way, take notes so you know how they go back together, Remove the plastic weather protection shield out of the way, try not to tear it because you will want to replace it using a good contact adhesive. Getting the motor and the lift mechanism out is the biggest challenge, There are two big rivets holding the motor and regulator assembly to the door, there are two more rivets closer to the rear of the door that holds the track and window guide in place. the rivets are difficult to drill out because it's not easy to center punch them. I used my 4 inch grinder to remove the rivet heads, be careful not to injure yourself or grind through the door metal. knock the rivets out. Remove the power supply wire from the motor. Use a 10 MM socket to untighten the two cap screws that hold the lift bracket to the bottom glass channel. Don't take the cap screws all the way out. Use a piece of wire to hold the window in the closed position. Loop the wire over one of the hold down cap screws and fasten the other end through one of the convenient holes near the top of the door. Now comes the good part. the motor and lift mechanism is all in one near rigid piece. The seat belt anchor blocks the door panel opening that would make it relatively easy to remove. Don't give up, the unit will come out with some thoughtful manipulation, the V shaped track guide will tolerate a small amount of flexing, don't overdo it. I finally got the assembly out by moving it as far to the back of the the door cavity as possible, use the angles of the assembly to your advantage to free it from the door. Once free, use a black marker to ensure you align your new motor in the correct postition. If you are replacing a complete assembly that looks the same a the part you removed, install by reversing the above directions. If you are replacing only the motor, drill out the two rivets that hold the motor to the lift assembly. this will be asy to do. fit your new motor in the exact same position, referring to the previous marks you made. If you are reusing the old lift mechanism, you should pull the perforated tape out of the guide, clean, inspect it, the guide and the tape, relubricate it, I used white grease, there is probably a better grease available. The motor assembly I received from an internet supplier came with rivets and machine screws to install the assembly, I used 1/2 quarter twenty nuts and bolts to replace the big rivets, I don't have a big enough rivet gun. If you go the quarter twenty way, use thread lock, install with bolt heads on the inside the door and flat washers and nuts to the car interior. Be observant, I left the plastic bracket that attaches the drive tape to the window bottom in an unsecure place, one of my dogs used it as a chew toy,so it was off to the junkyard one more time. Be sure to secure the tape properly at both ends. If it worn or frayed, several suppliers including rockauto supply them at reasonable cost. good luck.

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