Worn Out Window Motors
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I have a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier that I bought used about seven months ago. My problem is my passenger side window will go down but takes forever to get back up. My husband checked all the fuses and pulled all the buttons apart but couldn't find anything wrong. We're assuming it's the motor that I'm guessing is in the door. If this is the case, can it be fixed cheaply and done by my husband or is it something that's pretty major and expensive? We are on a very low budget right now as I am not working and would like to fix it as cheap as possible.
Those window motors do wear out over time. You have several options. You can simply replace the window motor with one found at a parts store, a junk yard, or on eBay, or you can send yours out to get rebuilt. Since he had the door panels off, most of the hard work is done in trying to figure out how to get to the part. My personal recommendation would be to get a replacement motor before you take the old one out. This way, re-assembly will be fresh in your mind. Also, don't forget to lube up the mechanisms in there. Be careful not to use too much or you will make a mess on the glass. I like white grease. It sticks well and a little bit goes a long way.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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