Window Regulator Guide Jaw: How to Fix This
If you're skilled enough though, you can do the repairs on your window regulator guide jawby yourself in order to save hundreds of dollars. It's a moderately difficult DIY project that requires basic mechanical skills to be accomplished, though. If you can't handle this job on your own, hire an ASE-certified mechanic to help you out.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What You'll Need
- Window regulator guide jaw
- Lithium Teflon spray
- Trim panel removal tool
Step 1: Disconnect your battery's negative cable. When searching for the regulator, you should know which part to replace. Is it the left, right, rear, front, or side regulator?Look up a diagram outlining the interior of your specific make and model of car. Print it out for good measure.
Step 2: When fixing or replacing a manual regulator, you should tape it up so it doesn't fall when the bolts are removed. You might even have to disconnect wires on your speaker in order to access and remove the old regulator then install a new one.
Step 3: Ensure that the window is positioned all the way down then unscrew the visible screws with your screwdriver. The screws might be hidden by plastic covers or plugs you need to pop off first. Remove window switches and disconnect electrical connections too.
Step 4:After acquiring all the screws and the door latch panel removed, you should get your panel trim remover to remove the clips that are holding the panel down. Begin from the bottom and pull the clips at the panel's edges.
Step 5:Just lubricate the brackets if your regulator is still working and it's merely stuck or moving slowly. Use lithium spray or grease to grease up the component. You should also clean up the dirt and grime on your brackets to ensure the smoothest operation.
Step 6:If your regulator is even more damaged than anticipated, do the following. Use your removal tool in order to remove the plastic vapor barrier (be careful to not tear it apart). Mark the glass sitting in the clamps to know where it's located when reinstalling it.
Step 7:Get an assistant to help you remove the glass. This is the hardest part of the project since glass is breakable. Loosen the clamps the window is resting in but don't loosen them all the way to avoid them falling into the door cavity.
Step 8:It helps to have a variety of angled drivers and sockets to get the rear clamp unclamped. Push the bottom edge of the glass. While pushing, you'll slide the glass upward and out through the door's top.
Step 9:Before removing anything, use your marker to mark the bracket location. At this point, you'll able to see the regulator motor, which has a wiring harness you want to disconnect. Remove the motor's bolts then the two bottom attachment nuts.
Step 10:After removing the regulator by angling it out through the large opening in the door, you can put in the new regulator guide jaw. Remember to spritz Teflon spray on the runners and moving parts prior to installation. Finally, put everything back in reverse order.
To save money, you should buy from online stores for replacement regulators rather than salvaging used parts that could be damaged. It costs around $50 to $80 to get a decent regulator. Just put in the part number to get proper fitment and you're good to go.