Hopefully your window is in the up position at the moment that your Ford window motor decides to give up the ghost. That, as inconvenient as it is at the toll-booth and other drive through situations, is much better than being forced by a window left in the down position by a failed Ford window motor to leave a hassle-free path to your car stereo system for any passersby that are so inclined. Naturally, before you embark upon your Ford window motor replacement project, you'll want to make absolutely sure that the source of the problem is not a blown fuse or a wire that has vibrated loose. Once you've made sure that your window's inability to move is due to a failure on the part of your Ford window motor, you'll need to start shopping for a replacement. As with any electrical part, particularly a small motor, you'll want to take care in selecting your replacement, as in the case of such parts, you really do tend to get what you pay for. However, that doesn't mean that you'll have to pay a lot of money to get a quality Ford window motor replacement. What the old adage really means is that you should not let yourself be distracted by a low price to the degree that you fail to notice that the part is a rather generic little part of unknown quality made by an unknown manufacturer. Your better bet is to choose a Ford window motor replacement that is made by a reputable manufacturer, and when you shop with us, you'll receive a well-made and reliable replacement part at an affordable price. You can order your Ford window motor replacement today, using our secure site or our toll-free telephone number.
Ford Window Motor Buyer’s Guide
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is a proud American brand that has been in service since the 1900s. It has produced top of the line makes such as the Ford F-150 and the Ford Focus. Aside from these, Ford has also been successful in the production of its own aftermarket parts. This means that while other markets outsource the production of their car’s parts, Ford creates their own. As their own manufacturers, Ford ensures that each part is tailor-fit for the vehicles that they produce commercially, giving consumers the best possible experience.
Despite all of the accolades that the company has achieved, some things like wear and tear prove to be inevitable. This happens when we use something often enough over time that its durability gets tested. This often affects interior and technical parts that experience a lot of movement. One example of this is the window motor. When this part succumbs to damage from wear and tear, you’re left with the need to purchase a replacement window motor.
Two types of window motors
In your search for a window motor replacement, whether it’s a power window motor or a manual window motor, you may come across two different types of parts. One is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part and the other would be an original equipment (OE) replacement part. While their names might sound similar, there are various differences between the two.
OEM window motors
These are parts that are assembled and manufactured either by the carmakers themselves or by third-party manufacturers authorized and acknowledged by them. In this case, Ford Motor Company makes their own parts, so you can be guaranteed that if you purchase these types of parts, it will fit your Ford vehicle perfectly.
OE replacement window motors
These, on the other hand, are manufactured by third-party manufacturers who aren’t officially acknowledged by the carmaker. This means that these are made by anyone and everyone familiar with the process of fabricating parts for vehicles. While this fact may be daunting to some consumers, most OE replacement parts go through the same rigorous quality testing that OEM parts do.
Which type should you get?
Both of these types of parts have pros and cons. However, in choosing one or the other, the most important factors to consider are the following: ease of acquisition, budget constraints, and importance of the part to be replaced.
Ease of acquisition - Given that OEM parts are manufactured in this case by Ford Motor Company itself, then you should consider the fact that getting one would cost more time. On the other hand, OE replacement parts are more readily accessible, and thus, would be easier to purchase on a whim.
Budget constraints - OEM parts, in general, are more expensive than OE replacement parts due to branding. Due to this, if your budget for your car is a bit on the low side, then an OE replacement part would give you more bang for your buck. The sheer number of manufacturers that you could choose from means that the prices for them would be highly dependent on the market, becoming more favorable for you, the purchaser.
Importance of the part - In relation to factor number one, the importance of the part to be replaced is needed to be put into consideration because the need for it might not allow for waiting long periods of time. This, or that no compromise must be made regarding the part in question.
Finding the right fit
Whatever factors you decide to consider or type you choose to pick, it’s important to get the part that fits your car perfectly. CarParts.com offers a variety of choices for you to look through. The search filter provided makes it easier for you to find a part specific to your car’s model year and make, making parts shopping convenient and hassle-free.
Ford Window Motor Repair in Quick, Easy Steps
No more hand cranks! With power windows, you just have to push the button and the glass will roll up or slide down. Unfortunately, some mechanisms of the power windows may fail over time, and when they do, the windows won't operate properly. One of the windows may not move at all or it may roll down but won't roll up or it might fail to hold its position. The window may also be slow when rolling up or may stall. In any case, you'll have to find the cause of the problem. One of the likely suspects is a busted window motor. Here's a quick guide for Ford window motor repair:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Replacement window motor
- Drill bit
- Center punch
- Masking tape
- Screwdrivers, wrenches, sockets, ratchets
- Door panel removal tool
Step 1: Figure out what's causing the power window problem. If all the windows aren't working, the problem is probably a bad fuse, but if all the fuses are working fine, you probably have a faulty wiring connection. The connections from the fuses must be tested using a voltmeter. If just one window is malfunctioning, test the switch. If these don't fix the problem, check the motor.
Step 2:Detach the panel of the problematic window. Undo the mounting bolts or screws. As you get access to the window mechanism, locate the motor, mounting bolt, window regulator cable, and the electrical connector. Disengage the safety clip. After this, you can now unplug the electrical connector. With a voltmeter, read the voltage at the motor. The positive probe must be connected to one motor wire and the negative probe to the other. You have to turn on the switch to get a reading from the meter. If the voltage level is above 11, the window motor isn't working right. Also take time to check the rest of the assembly to see if there's anything that stands in the way of the motor's operation.
Step 3:Disconnect the regulator from the door. As you pull out the mechanism, make sure that it's fastened firmly with masking tape. With a center punch and a hammer, remove the rivets by driving in the center pin. Once these are removed, you can now slip out the regulator from the access panel.
Step 4:Hold the regulator and motor assembly in a vise. With a drill bit, make a hole through the gear and into the chassis. Put in a bolt to keep the arms from shifting as the motor is removed. The rivets that secure the motor in the regulator must be unfastened to remove the motor.
Step 5:Coat the gear of the new window motor with a small amount of grease. Once the gear is lubricated, set the new motor in place. The mounting holes of the new motor must align with the pre-existing/factory holes. Use the bolts for securing the mounted motor. The bolt from the gear of the regulator must be removed this time.
Step 6: Re-attach the regulator assembly and secure this with the bolts. When everything is in place, put back the interior liner and door panel.