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How to Replace a Window Regulator

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Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

Parts
  • Window Regulator
Tools
  • Screwdriver
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
Difficulty

Moderate

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Steps

Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the door and interior window handles.
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2
Remove all screws holding the door panel to the door shell. Using a door panel trim tool, carefully pry the door panel away from the door at the bottom. Refer to the vehicle specific service manual for screw and clip locations.
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3
If necessary, disconnect the electrical connector from the power window switch. Remove the door panel.
4
Remove the vapor barrier / water shield. Take care not to rip or tear - if re-using plastic barrier.
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5
Disconnect the glass from window regulator.
6
Tape the glass to door frame. The glass should not require removal.
7
Remove the window regulator mounting bolts. Slide the regulator assembly out through the interior access opening of the door. If applicable, remove the window motor.
8
Attach the original motor to the new window regulator and install the regulator assembly. Be sure to apply lubricant; white lithium grease - to the window tracks and moving parts. Tighten the mounting bolts.
9
Install the window back onto the window regulator.
10
Re-install the vapor barrier.
11
Reconnect the electrical connector to the power window switch and reconnect the battery cable connection - or temporarily install the window handle. Test the window operation before proceeding.
12
Re-install the door trim panel and handles.
13
Test the window for proper operation by rolling the window completely up and down.
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