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Replacing a window motor on my own?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Natedogg, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    Natedogg

    Natedogg [OP] Well-Known Member

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    For quite awhile now my drivers side window has been going up and down slower and slower, until finally the other day it stopped working (it will still work for a few seconds after the truck has been shut off for awhile). I've read a few posts on both the internet and on here where people reference pulling the door apart and replacing the motor (mostly on 2nd gens). Has anyone replaced one? Is it really as much of a PITA as it seems? I'm assuming it's the motor since I've seen a steady decline in its operation (as opposed to a bad wire, fuse, etc).

    My local shop wants $450 for parts and labor. The truck has almost 250,000 miles on it, so I'd rather not be spending a lot of money on it. But is it worth just having them do it, and potentially saving me sweat, blood, and an entire weekend?
     
  2. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    I replaced the window motor on my Honda. Dealer wanted 505 bucks. I got the motor off ebay and did it myself. Remove the door pannel, old motor, and replace. Its easy enough.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    raskal311

    raskal311 Well-Known Member

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    I did one on my 2000 celica, very simple.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    JLee

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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    I would just do it your self its not a hard job maybe 2 hours if you have never done it before. When you replace it if the window still runs slow it might be the tracks. My old car had a motor go out because the tracks were bad so it had to work harder to move the window.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    bicklebok

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    I'm a few weeks away from being able to answer your question. I do plan on doing mine myself. There's no way in hell I would pay $450! Ebay has the motors for 50 bucks. If you get yours done before I do, let me know how it goes.
     
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