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Window Regulator woes

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Big Daddy, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Aug 11, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    Big Daddy

    Big Daddy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to throw this out there to see what kind of advice I could get concerning my power window situation. Drivers side window was slow going in the up direction and even stopped sometimes until it cooled and reset.
    I ordered an after market unit from Amazon (Dorman) and it went right in. So after it was bolted in I popped the switches back on and lowered it and then up down up down a little bit until holes were lined up to attach glass. Un-taped window and lowered glass down and bolted it to regulator and ran it up. That was it... DEAD. Can't imagine what if anything I could have done wrong ?
    I have a warranty replacement coming and will change it out as soon as I have another slot of time ! One problem I know waiting on me is the fact that I cant get the window down at all to get to two bolts holding glass pane to regulator ? I sure hope there is a work around for that.
    Thank you in advance for any tid-bits of help or advice you could offer.
    Jeff
     
  2. Aug 11, 2019 at 2:21 PM
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    CS_AR

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    Sorry to hear about that. I just installed one yesterday. The only thing I can say would be to remove all bolts associated with the regulator. Maybe it will come loose and drop down or come loose enough to run. I had the arm rest out so that I could raise and lower the window with the control while I had the door panel off. I would be stumped until I could take it loose try operating it again.
     
  3. Aug 11, 2019 at 6:47 PM
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    Have you confirmed the fuse and that you are still getting power to the motor? That would be my first step.

    If the motor did fail, you might be able to reach up inside the door with a 1/4 drive ratchet and 10mm socket to get the window loose from the regulator.

    The ghetto/last resort alternative would be to use a hole saw and drill some new access holes where the bolts are in the up position.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2019 at 8:51 AM
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    DormanProducts

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    I'd suggest as Wsidr1 mentioned. Start with the simple (check your fuses) Then I'd back probe the connector going to the motor and check for 12 volts when you operate the switch.You should get +12 volts in one direction and -12 volts in the other depending on which way you probe the wires. If you have no voltage I'd start tracing wires. If voltage is getting to the plug but you have no movement then it could be a bad motor. If that's the case, try tapping on it while pushing the switch (if you can get to it) that may get it moving if there's a dead spot.
     
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  5. Aug 14, 2019 at 1:29 PM
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    Thank you for the replies. Ill be back on this project over the weekend.
    Jeff
     
  6. Aug 14, 2019 at 3:05 PM
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    You are actually quite fortunate. Mine died, down, at a toll booth on the Interstate, in January. Long cold ride.
     

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