Stress, changes in temperature and regular wear and tear are the common causes of car window regulator problems. One of the simplest solutions is to replace it with new or used Dodge window regulator. Wide array of products in various types are available in the market, both in the net and in your nearest local stores.
Aside from replacement, window regulator repair is also one of the best and the cheapest solutions. Repair is easy, cheaper and can prolong the life of your regulator. Here are a few steps that can help in having repairs. The first thing to do is of course to remove the interior door panel. Once removed, the window regulator mechanism can be checked. The window must be half-way open to have access into the bolts attached on the regulator. Wood or any hard material can be used to prop up the bottom of the window glass. The two bolts that secure the window in place are the first to be removed followed by the three bolts attached on the power window motor and the four bolts that connects the regulator to the door.
Once the component is detached, inspect it for defects and damages. Cracks are often found on the top pulley bracket which can slack the cable and make it dysfunctional. Fabrication can be done to replace damaged aluminum support bracket. Just measure and cut a support bracket and connect it to the back of the pulley mount. Then trim the rough edges of the support bracket to match the shape of the original pulley mount. Take time in mounting the new support bracket to the regulator. Make sure that it is exactly aligned on the position where it should be. Bore at least two holes on each end of the pulley mount and the support bracket. Then pop-rivet the bracket to the regulator using the drilled holes. Make sure that the rivets are clean and will not interfere with the cables. Do not scratch or cut the rivets when cleaning since it can weaken its performance and efficiency.
After drilling and shaping up, use spray lubricant to lubricate the entire mechanism before placing it back. To re-install, just follow the reverse process in removing the regulator. Make sure that the window is secured before tightening the bolts. Once the regulator is mounted, hook-up the power window switch temporarily and test the window operation before putting back the door panel. Check everything and make sure that everything is secured in its proper place or else you may repeat the entire process.
How to Troubleshoot Your Dodge Window Regulator
The window regulator is the device that moves your window up and down when you push a special button that activates it. If you have a bad window regulator, then you're likely to experience the following symptoms: When you press the window switch, the motor runs but the window isn't moving.
When a window doesn't move but all the other windows work. When the window slides down or up in a crooked manner. When the window doesn't close fully, jams, or rises too slowly. When the window falls inside your door or when abnormal noises occur as your window is moving up or down.
Causes of your window regulator issues
It's common to undergo window regulator problems. Your window might fall down inside the door or jam up altogether if your regulator cable is compromise, loose, or otherwise broken for whatever reason (your car could've crashed in a high-speed or low-speed collision that broke the cable in question). If no electricity is going to your regulator, then your power windows won't open.
It's also possible for cold temperatures to freeze your window in the closed position, such that your regulator motor isn't powerful enough to slide it up or down. Once your window separates from your window regulator, there's a chance to re-secure it without replacement. However, there's also the risk of requiring regulator replacement regardless.
Testing your window regulator
Like with people and their diseases, in order to make a proper diagnosis of your window issues, you need to do tests on your window regulator. If your vehicle is using the Bowden cable system, then you should check the condition of its circuit breaker or fuse.
Many cars have only one power circuit for the whole window, so if only one of them isn't working, then it's likely that the rest of the fuses are okay. There's also a commonplace adaptable and lightweight cable system available wherein you have to tap the switch of the bad window to listen for a loud motor noise or grinding from inside the door (which is indicative of a faulty regulator).
Diagnosing window regulator problem
Window regulator issue diagnosis is best made by a professional mechanic. Sure, there are many guides available on the Internet. However, like with WebMD and human diseases, their information is limited compared to the wealth of experience of a veteran technician that's even ASE-certified as an expert.
The mechanic might have to take the door cover off altogether to get better access to the window, the regulator, and the whole mechanism (which could either be gear-driven or cable-driven). If one window is busted and the rest are fine, it's likely that the electric circuit is the faulty component. Your troubleshooter is there to isolate the problem,
Replacing your window regulator altogether
Sometimes, each window and door has individual motors. Other times, they have a central motor instead. It's actually not that expensive to replace a window regulator. At the time of this writing, the going rates for replacement is $40 to $180 for the part and $50 to $140 for labor, giving you a grand total of $90 or $320 for the whole operation.
You can lower costs by buying aftermarket or refurbished parts as well as doing the installation yourself with a helpful online guide (which could save you $50 to $140 for labor, as already mentioned). What needs to be fixed exactly should first be isolated by the testing and diagnosis part of the process.