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I will try what you said. It looks like some type of rivet/attachment device holding the inner metal in place, where the motor is attached. I do not see a way to get the metal panel off to get to the motor. Any other suggestions. Thanks very much for your time and assistance.


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Yes they are riveted on. If the motor works straight onto a gear then that will be only way. if it runs cables then the cable guides will break causing cable to wrap around motor. Some fords have three 8mm bolts holding motor onto plate. you will see three indentions where these bolts are this is to drill out door so you can get motor off will have to drill out with a big bit so you can get socket in there. if you hear the motor running but sounds like it is stripped then you should be able to manually push window up from bottom. pull motor off and pull gear apart you will see the gear has three spots where there is rubber in there to cushion this rubber gets old and comes apart clean it and put some nuts in there to lock together or epoxy them together

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Fig. 1: Front door window regulator mounting

CAUTION If electric motor removal from the regulator is required, the sector gear must be locked in position. The regulator lift arm is under tension from the counterbalance spring and could cause personal injury if the sector gear is not locked in position.
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Fig. 2: Locking the sector gear on the window regulator motor

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Almost takes longer to explain than to do it! Hehehe, good luck!

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