Re: Electric window prob?
I'm back again. Been away all weekend without access to the computer box.
If you have the problem follow the steps below. My car is an EF but yours may be similar.
1. Pull the doors apart. when you get everything off, there's fours screws that hold the windows to the supports. Take these off.
2. You should have three rivets holding the mechanism on so pop these with a hammer then remove the mechanism.
3.Like EDGHIA said, there's two plastic T-shaped retainers with a spring supposed to hold the tension for the cable, that goes from the pulley around the window support. What happens is after a while the plastic goes brittle, then when you leave the switch on for too long after it goes up or down, the top part of the plastic retainer that holds the spring in place pops off.
4. What you do now is take the top cover off the mechanism (there's a circlip), and make sure the wire is on the right grooves for where it is (I'll explain later).
5. Place the cover back on.
6. Grab both cables and pulling them apart, you should see at least a couple of inches of the cable.
7. Now here's the tricky part. Grab the head of the broken plastic retainer and pull the sheath of the cable away from each other (as hard as you can), and visualize a mark on the cable where it can go no further. Let the plastic and the spring go, and mark the spot.
8. Cut the plastic sheath on the cable, grab some side cutters and separate the metal twining apart slightly so that you can see the inners white plastic cable cover.
9. I used some old clips from the mustang, but what you need is something that you can use as a circlip to put in between the metal twining of the cable.
10. You may need someone to give you a hand here, but I was able to do it myself. Grab the broken plastic retainer again, and pull the cable apart from each other, and slide the circlip in. This will now hold the tension of the cable, not allowing it to slip inside the pulley to make that grating sound.
Note: If you don't pull the cables apart hard enough, as you put it back on for a test run, you will have a small amount of slack and the problem will be there again. But not so bad. Just make a new mark, separate the metal twining of the cable and put the circlip in the new spot.
You'll need three bolts with nuts to put the mechanism back on, as you've popped the rivets before. Test the window at each stage as you put the door back on, as the slack probably won't come out straight away.
I fixed 2 of my windows, and 4 of my mates windows doing this. I saved my mate $990 from holden, as this is how much they were going to charge him to fix them.
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Last edited by rossi; 11-02-03 at 04:50 PM.