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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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I a looking for instructions on how to install a power window regulator into a 98 Acura CL

Door Glass and Regulator - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
  1. Remove the door panel.
  2. Remove the plastic cover from the door frame.
  3. Remove the power window switch from the door panel.
  4. Connect the power window switch to the door harness.
  5. Fully lower the glass.
  6. Pull the channel guide cover off.
  7. Remove the screws from the channel guide.
  8. Remove the center channel guide (if equipped).
  9. Carefully remove the glass until you can see the bolts and then carefully loosen all of them.
  10. Slide the window track guide to the rear.
Before removing the guide pin, scribe a line around it. This will enable you to install it in the exact position it was removed in.
  1. Remove the glass by gently lifting it from the guide.
  2. The glass can now be removed by pulling it through the window slot.
CAUTION Use extreme caution when handling window glass.
Check the guide pin for wear. Replace as necessary.
  1. Detach the connector and remove the regulator through the hole in the door.
Scribe a line around the rear roller guide bolt. This mark will show where the original adjustment was at before you removed the component.
  1. Remove the power window motor from the window regulator assembly.
  2. Remove any clips and pull the glass run channel out.
It may be necessary to remove the glass stopper.

WARNING Grease all of the sliding surfaces of the regulator or component failure may occur.
To install:
  1. Install the window motor on the regulator assembly.
As a check, you can connect a known good 12 volt power source to the window motor to check the operation of the entire assembly. The regulator should operate with a steady, consistent motion in either direction.
  1. Install the glass run channel into the door as shown.
  2. Install the regulator.
  3. Install the glass.
  4. Install the center channel guide.
  5. Move the glass up and down to ensure free movement.
  6. Attach the door wiring harness to the door.
  7. Disconnect the window switch (on power controlled models) and install it into the door panel.
  8. The remainder of the installation process is the reverse of removal.

Electric Window Motor - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
  1. Remove the regulator from the door assembly. Refer to the procedure in this section.
  2. Except for the rear doors, drill a hole through the regulator sector gear and backplate. Install the bolt and nut to lock the sector gear in position. Be careful not to drill a hole closer than 7 / 16 in. (11mm) from the edge of the sector. Also, do not drill through the lift arm attaching portion of the sector gear, or the joint integrity will be jeopardized.
  3. Drill out the ends of the motor attaching rivets using a 1 / 4 in. (6mm) bit.
  4. Remove the motor and the remaining portions of the rivets from the regulator. Except for the rear doors, one rivet will not be accessible until assembly.
(see Figures 1 and 2 / click over pic for zoom)


Fig. 1: Regulator and motor assembly-except rear doors


Fig. 2: Secure the rivets by collapsing the rivet ends using a ball peen hammer

To install:

  1. Position the new motor to the regulator. With the aid of an assistant, install new rivets by collapsing or crushing the rivet ends using a ball peen hammer.
  2. Except for the rear doors, once two of the three rivets have been installed, remove the bolt securing the sector gear to the backplate, then use an appropriate electrical source (such as the vehicle's window motor harness) to rotate the regulator, providing access to the remaining rivet.
  3. Except for the rear doors, use a flat nosed rotary file to grind off one sector gear tooth from the side which does not contact the driven gear. This is necessary to reach the remaining rivet. Remove the old rivet, then install the remaining new rivet.
  4. Install the regulator to the door assembly.

Hope this helps (remmeber to rate and comment this).

Dec 16, 2010 | Acura CL Cars & Trucks

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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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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.

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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.

Sep 10, 2008 | 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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