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Old 04-13-2008
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Power window motor replacement and repair

My drivers side window has been struggling for some time now. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't and it almost always had to be banged on to get it to go up. Complicating this is that my windows are equipped with automatics for both up and down using Taurus modules. Very helpful to have them both go up with a tap when you're approaching a mudhole at high speed, lol.

It did turn out that it's the motor itself that is the problem.

Anyway, the factory manual has you removing the entire window regulator assembly but you can remove just the motor/gearbox assembly and the counterbalance spring will still hold the window in position.

The hitch is that one of the bolts/screws whatever has no access hole. If you use a small 8mm or 5/16" "ignition wrench" (small box wrench) you can get in there and remove it but it takes awhile and a bit of acquired coordination.

My solution to this was 4 strokes with my dremel and a cutting wheel as shown in the photo.

Basically, through holes in the sheet metal you can see three 8mm bolt heads (although the upper right one is only partly visible) and you can see where the hole I hacked in the sheet metal has exposed the "hidden" one. Also the tiny black hex head with a big black washer in the lower left must be removed also.

After that, you unplug the motor harness from the door harness and the motor comes out easily. This is a bit harder technique if you are removing a donor motor at the JY for replacement, but you can use the tiny wrench technique -- just be prepared as it is not easy.

I ended up fixing my motor. There is a nylon "partition" in one end of the motor that holds the brushes and electrical connections and the solder joints on it were crystalized. I think they weren't that good to begin with. I cleaned and resoldered everything and the motor now works like a champ.

Thought I'd throw that in just in case you were having problems and thinking about having to remove the entire assembly -- you don't.
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Old 06-11-2012
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Thankyou John
I guess this is a old Post " 4-13-2008" I am still driving my 94 XLT and needed to get into the window motor and your tip is Just what I was looking for, sure made for a quick fix, I just wanted to say



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Old 06-30-2013
I am: Paul Esposito
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My sons passenger window motor went out, bought a Cardone refurb from Checker. Ended up having to trim the three mounts that attach the motor to the regulator. What a hassle. The gear on the motor wouldn't line up with the regulator. Checked the part number and it was correct. Comparing the OEM to the refurb and a little Dremmel action solved the problem. It was easily a.25" off/ Installed without removing the regulator.

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