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How to Fix Power Windows

How to Fix Power Windows

And save $200 or more!

I drive an older 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. A couple of months ago I was heading in to work on a Monday morning. I started the car and then used the power windows to roll down each window to kind of clear off the dew that was covering them. When I rolled down the rear passenger window I heard something snap and the window stuck down. It was a cold morning and was certainly going to rain so there was no way I could leave the window down. I got out of the car, grabbed my tools, and pulled the door panel off. Once I had it off I was able to shimmy the window back up well enough that I could go to work.

For the next couple of months that is how it stayed. The window would wobble down a little as I drove so I would constantly have to push it back up tight so rain wouldn’t leak in. I knew taking the car in to get fixed would cost a few hundred dollars and I really didn’t want to invest that in this old car. But I really hated how ugly it was without the door panel let alone the annoyance of constantly messing with the window. I’m not sure why it took me so long but I finally got the idea of searching for a way to fix it myself. Sure enough, there was a company, 1A Auto that sold the replacement window regulator and had a video on YouTube specific to doing the repair. I ordered a pair of regulators for $80 and in about an hour I had the window fixed. The following video shows the process.