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anyone ever done a window regulator/motor

well after spending a bunch of cash on new parts for the motor, i was cleaning out my truck today and the damn drivers window took a crap on me today.....seems pretty easy but it also seems like a pain....brand new regulator with motor is about $80 bucks from napa.....Anyone ever done one, is it a chore or piece of cake?
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Not too bad. Before you change it out I would apply power straight to the connector at the motor to confirm it is not a bad switch. If it just hums try switching polarity (could be trying to go up). IF this doesn't do anything hit the motor with some moderate force with a hammer. NOT JOKING. I've seen about 3 out of every ford vehicles with the problem being fixed by hitting the motor. If that don't work......

1. Remove the door panel screws and remove handle trim. (one screw in bottom corner, two behind handle, and then another behind the handle trim (handle trim pops off after two screws are removed).
2. Unplug switches as you remove handle trim.
3. Remove panel by lifting up.
4. Remove white water sheild.
5. Secure window with tape or have someone hold it up as you do next step.
6. FInd the four rivets for the motor and regulator. Take a punch and hammer out the steel centers of each rivet. Takes a few good wacks.
7. Take a 1/4" drill bit and drill out the remainder of each rivet. The arm and motor should be free.
8. Disconnect the connector and slide the arm out sideways of the small channel its in near the bottom of the window. The white plastic part is the part that slides out.
9. Maneuver the arm and motor out of the panel.
The rest is pretty self explanatory.

I would probably re-grease the slider and the rail the window slides on while your at it.

If you don't have a heavy duty rivet gun you can just use nuts and bolts to secure your new regulator assembly back in place.
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yeah sounds pretty easy but this is all dependent on the window being up...its stuck down? i'm not a fan of rivets, i'll use bolts and nuts, got a whole supply at work with locking nuts and all that fancy stuff...... if i hit it with a hammer, and it works, it still means the motor is going bad right? i checked the switch and there is power going to the motor....i can feel the motor trying to work, it kinda jolts just a hair, but isn't getting really hott....maybe a whack will do it some good, i'll try that, thanks!!
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you da man shelton, a moderate tap made it roar back into business....the slider rails are dry so i'll grease em up good and hope it works for awhile.......thanks again......
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Yeah my mustang buddy showed me that trick. I can't count how many people that this has helped.

Also I don't think you grease the rails on the sides just the one in the middle.
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yeah that one is actually greased up good still now that i can see it....it works great now...thanks...
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