How to: Window Motor Replacement

By Briggs Nissan | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
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This XTerra receiving a window motor replacement

Window Motor Replacement

Many of us can remember vehicles with manual window cranks but the manual window crank is largely gone from the automotive landscape, replaced by the electric motor and switches.  You can still special order new vehicles without power windows, but on nearly all modern vehicles this feature is now standard issue.  Not only are powered windows standard, most buyers of new vehicles expect the windows to be powered.  We sure love systems that make things easier, that’s until they stop working.  In this blog we’re going to take you through the how to of window motor replacement so you can take on this job yourself and save.  Of course our service department will be happy to do this job for you if you like, just schedule an appointment.  If you’re going to take on a window motor replacement our parts department can help you with the correct factory replacement motor for your vehicle.

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Check the fuse first

Window Motor Replacement Steps:

  1. Begin by locating the fuse for your window motor and determining if the fuse is working or blown.  Replacing a blown fuse could solve your problems.  If the fuse is good move onto the next window motor replacement step, or replace the blown fuse and continue.
  2. Remove the interior door panel and vapor barrier.  Consult your owner’s manual for vehicle specific details (you may need special trim removal tools).
  3. With the interior door panel removed check the positive lead of the window motor connector to verify power.  If there is no power your problem could be with the wiring.

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    You don't need to use the whole roll like this guy

  4. With the window up remove the glass from the regulator assembly and secure window by taping it to the door frame.
  5. Now you can remove the window motor mounting bolts and then remove the motor from the door through the interior access opening in the door frame.
  6. Next install the window motor replacement and secure with the window motor mounting bolts.
  7. Reconnect the window motor wiring connector and reconnect the window regulator assembly.
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    Test before you replace door panel

    Now you’ll want to test your handiwork by connecting the window switch and lowering and raising the window (you can usually connect the switch with the door’s inner trim panel removed and testing before replacing will save you the time of having to re-remove the door’s vapor barrier and inner trim panel).

  9. If everything tests fine you’ve almost completed your window motor replacement.  Now you’ll just need to replace the vapor barrier and door’s interior trim panel and you’re done (be sure to attack all wiring harnesses).

If your vehicle is in need of window motor replacement you can now do this job yourself and save.  If your vehicle is not only in need of window motor replacement, but more accurately in need of complete replacement then we can help at Briggs Nissan in Manhattan.  We have a great selection of fuel efficient new and used Nissan vehicles and the deals you want; right here in Manhattan and thank you for choosing Briggs Nissan.

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