Window Regulator Kit 101
Owning a vehicle is fun, but it also comes with responsibilities. After running for a couple of miles, there will definitely be repairs and maintenance that you need to perform to keep your ride in tiptop shape. Regular use can cause wear and tear to most vehicle components. Not to mention those road mishaps that can damage some of your auto parts in an instant.
Among those vehicle components that can wear out with regular use or suddenly break down during T-bone collision is the window regulator, the mechanism responsible for the up and down movement of your ride's window glass. A broken window regulator translates to a window that won't properly roll up or down or won't move at all. If you don't want such inconvenience, especially at times when you need to drive with the windows partly open, you'd better have your window regulator fixed or replaced.
Why get a window regulator kit
Whether you're fixing or replacing your window regulator, getting a kit has its advantages over getting components that are sold individually. For one, it contains all the parts and hardware you need to get the task done, so you are saved from making multiple purchases and spending for the separate shipping of your orders. Also, by getting a kit, you are assured that all the components included are compatible with one another.
Tips to consider when purchasing a window regulator kit
When in need of a new kit, here are some tips to bear in mind for you to get the best value:
Know what the kit contains.
Take note of all the stuff included in the kit and make sure to get one that contains only what you need. Don't waste your money by paying for anything that you won't be needing. Once the kit arrives, double check if it contains everything that's listed in the catalog. Let the merchant know right away if something is missing or has defects.
One way to make sure your window regulator will fit well in place is by getting one that's designed specifically for your make and model. It's a good idea to get an OE replacement window regulator kit as it gives you an assurance that it will fit exactly like your old regulator.
Removing the Old Window Regulator and Installing a New Window Regulator Kit
Replacing your old window regulator is easier if you'll get a window regulator kit. Why? Because the kit contains all the hardware you need to properly mount the regulator. This is particularly helpful for inexperienced DIYers who want to save money by doing the installation on their own.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
Window regulator kit
Step 1: If your window glass is stuck in the middle, you can either raise it up and support it with the door's upper frame or lower it down to the bottom. Get ready as you'll need to remove it later.
Step 2: Open the hood and disconnect the battery's negative terminal.
Step 3: Remove the door's trim panel, starting with the door handle bezel and the panel's upper extension. With the flathead screwdriver, pry the manual lock lever off. Loosen and remove all the screws that hold the trim panel in place. It's wise to check your owner's manual as some screws may be concealed by the door seal.
Step 4: Remove the panel by sliding it up and off its retainers. Unplug all the wiring harnesses that may be connected to the door panel.
Step 5: On the inner part of the door, remove the water deflector by peeling it away, and disconnect the electrical connectors of the window motor. Loosen and remove the bolts that hold the regulator. Start with the bolts that secure the regulator to the window and work your way down to the ones that hold it to the door.
Step 6: Carefully push the window glass up and set it aside.
Step 7: Remove the old window regulator by folding both sides together and disconnecting it from the motor. You can do this by unbolting the front side bolts and wiggling the motor until it's released from the cable housing. Make sure the cable gear won't come out of the housing and the cable won't detach from the spool.
Step 8: Position the new window regulator and twist it slightly into place. Place the retaining bolts that secure the regulator to the cable housing, as well as those that hold it to the door, and tighten them.
Step 9: Slide the window glass back through the door and align it with the new regulator. Insert and tighten the bolts that secure the regulator to the glass.
Step 10: Put the water deflector back in place. Reconnect all the electrical connectors and reinstall the trim panel. Move the window glass up and down to test if the new regulator is working well.