Chances are, the lift mechanism (regulator) is broken. There is a cable
that lifts the window and is prone to braking. I never priced the part
until just now and it looks to be about $200. It is probably a couple of
hours labor to replace it. I had three of them break on me within six
months on two different cars. Since they were rear windows that are rarely
used, I just propped them closed with a wood stick, never to be opened
To remove the door panel, there are probably a couple of screw hidden behind
a trim piece at the handle. Pry the trim off, remove the screw. Then
remove the panel by prying up one corner of the bottom and pulling away the
fasteners. It will lift off the window ledge.
Tight quarters to work getting the regulator out then back in so I opted to
just keep them closed.
Tnx your reply Ed,
Not at all familiar with this mechcanism but as the cable is completely out
I believe something has sprung. Have seen half a dozen of these things
with motor attached on the web for between $50 and $120. Local dealership
asking over $300!!! Because the car is
near mint AND Pa state insp is a factor I will buy a replacement and play
mechanic. I believe a critical part of replacing this is where the GLASS
meets the STEEL, so I will be asking questions about that.
IMO the problem occured because the window seldom moves and was stuck to
the surrounding window frame causing more than usual force to lower it.
Rest assured the rear window buttons on my armrest console will be covered
in some way to prevent pushing them by mistake.
Things may have changed, but when I lived in PA, all you had to have was a
window, it did not have to move up and down. At least no one ever checked
You may be somewhat correct about the lack of use being a problem. Both of
mine on my LeSabre happened when I hit a button accidentally. I just never
put the rear windows down. Rarely put the front down too. I just left them
unplugged. Once side no longer has a regulator at all, just two pieces of
wood wedge below the glass.
The hard part of the job is working inside the door as space is very tight
even for average sized hands.
When you do get to the regulator, be sure to clean off the dirt and
old grease. Since the window is not used often, everything tends to
stick together. You can get a pry tool for the panel at any autoparts
store. Look for a hidden screw around the door handel, have flash-
light handy. I live in PA and rear windows is not an issue. Driver's
side yes. Good luck.
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