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Power window regulator

I recently bought a 1998 Park Ave with only 75K miles, but almost immediately had trouble with the driver's power window. One day, it just didn't work. The next day, it worked fine. Then it started working slowly, then not at all. I took it to my mechanic, an honest fellow who tried a cheap fix, lubing it up and bending a few things here and there. This worked for a day, then it failed again. He fixed it again (free of charge), it worked for a few days and has now quit again. (It goes down a little, squeaking loudly, and then stops. Luckily, so far it still goes back up.) He tells me the regulator is failing, but that Buick does not sell it separately, and the whole window assembly is nearly $600. Is there any cheaper fix for the problem than this? Can I find a regulator separately, or maybe the whole assembly used? Any other options?

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  • RARNY Aug 21, 2008

    Yes, it has. He said he found the problem, but again, that individual part could not be ordered; he said Buick only sells the entire assembly. I can find out the specific part if that will be helpful to you. Please let me know.

  • RARNY Aug 21, 2008

    Greetings. I just checked with my mechanic, and the problem is definitely the regulator. Can you recommend an online wrecking yard?



    Thanks again!

  • kcjones4 Sep 14, 2008

    I have same exact car and problem. But mine finally gave up, when it was rolled down! My mechanic was able to get it back up, but quoted quite a high repair cost too. I guess I need the part number of this item and will try to locate new or used in Kansas City area.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Has the door panel been removed to look at what is the source of the binding??

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Your mech. is right they only sell the regulator assy, have you thought of a wrecking yard? I have had good luck with used regulators, as a rule they last the life of the car. There are many GM years and models that may use that same regulator, the yard can cross reference it for you, you can go on line and find used parts with any search engine, just type in "used window regulators". Good luck

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