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Old 02-09-2002, 16:42   #1 (permalink)
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i've got an early (3/8 Fairmont Ghia with window problems, the windows make clicking noises and get stuck at the bottom and half way up. I noticed a couple of people talking about removing rivets. I had a look at mine today and the regulator looks to me like its bolted to the motor with about 3 bolts, and the motor is bolted to the inside of the door. What gives? Do I have something different to everyone else? Are these ones hard to change?
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Old 03-24-2002, 10:14   #2 (permalink)
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That'd be the same kind that I have. I simply took it to a professional. The front window/regulator is possibly a single unit, because I had to have both mine replaced. But the rear windows seem to be a different story.
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Old 05-11-2002, 08:15   #3 (permalink)
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EA (and onwards) power windows usually fail due to a small soft-metal gear stripping off the motor spline. U can pay Ford big $$ to replace the entire unit, or, go to PRESLITE (in coburg, Melbourne) and buy the new gear for about $15 each. You just need a vice and some sort of tube to press-fit the new gear onto the motor spline.
Take the back cover off the motor gearbox to hold the other end of the motor shaft solidly. It's a fiddly job getting the power-window mechanism out of the door, but!! If there are rivets, drill them out and replace them with 6mm bolts not longer than 15mm or you'll have clearance problems. If there are bolts already there, someone has done a previous replacement. If you can get hold of a pop-rivet gun of 6mm size, even better.
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Old 05-11-2002, 09:51   #4 (permalink)
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my windows did the exact same thing, they went downthe whole way but would only comeback up half way. I had to take it to ford to fix and it cost $300 per window. Something about the regulator had gone.Good luck with yours.
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Old 05-27-2002, 09:00   #5 (permalink)
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preslite are in reservoir hillwin st now cost $22 for pinion. sounds like ur problem is plastic ring gear in motor though
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Old 05-29-2002, 22:24   #6 (permalink)
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Ive got a similar problem with both my fronts... they wont work at all.. stuck closed. Would this be a pinion problem?... how do you get the reg/motor units in and out?
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To save time and trouble just go to a wreckers. The power window regulator is a two piece assembly. The regulator and motor. When my back left went just got a new regulator for $35 and the guy put it in for $10. And it still goes fine 6 months later. But your front windows are used more so its a cheaper option. When i first gor the car had the front right window motor/regulator put in profesionally and it cost $275. That was the cheapest of 6 quotes, the most expensive was $395. What a rip of. So shop around first but i suggest wreckers first. People just like to be C-NTS and charge you the most.
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Old 05-30-2002, 18:17   #8 (permalink)
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For the sake of comparison, my auto-electrician sourced a 'reconditioned' front power window motor and regulator unit (with 6 month warranty) for $80 plus about $30 installation. I think as part of the deal I gave them my old one.
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Old 05-30-2002, 19:58   #9 (permalink)
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hi guys,
about 2 yrs ago i changed all the motors on my electric windows.
I now have the problem that the back drivers side window doesnt do anything at all, just stays shut. I have pulled out the switches and was wondering if anyone knows how to test the switches to see if there working fine.

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Old 05-30-2002, 20:25   #10 (permalink)
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You should be able to test it with a multimeter. It's just a matter of ensuring the switch makes the connection it's supposed to make.
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