How to keep from getting ripped off on your power window repair

First and foremost, we don’t want to bash anyone trying to make an honest living repairing automobile power windows. The problem we have, is with the guys running around claiming to be power window repair specialists that have zero to little experience in repairing power windows and are not in the business of being honest and upfront about their services.

Check References and Do Your Own Research
The best advice we can give you is to check references in multiple locations before you give anyone your money! With websites such as Yelp, BBB, Angie’s List, and Facebook, customers of all ages and walks of life are represented. If a company does what they say they do, the majority of what customers say about them will be positive. You want to be sure that you are working with a real business and not just some guy with a hammer and a truck.

Ask Questions
How many repairs have they completed in the last year? Are their technicians experienced? Do they carry liability insurance? If they aren’t reputable, they will not be prepared to answer your questions and may hang up on you. Take charge of your repair experience and you won’t get ripped off on your power window repair.

Be Informed
There are only 3 main parts to an automobile power window system; the power window switch, the power window lift motor and the power window regulator. Become familiar with the type of window regulator that is in your vehicle and what type of power window problems other owners are experiencing with their cars. The more you know, the more you will save!

Call Power Window Repair!!
You can be sure that you won’t get ripped off by calling Power Window Repair at (480) 570-5116. We offer quality repairs at 40-70% less than traditional repair shops and dealers, and it comes with a 1yr warranty on parts and labor! You can count on our team to provide you with the absolute best in customer service and we always do it with a smile! Ask about mobile service in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area!

How to diagnose a power window motor or window switch problem

Diagnosing a power window motor or window switch problem doesn’t have to be rocket science. If you understand the basic principles of how they work, and you know what particular style window regulator is in your automobile door, you can figure it out quickly.

power window motorIf your glass didn’t do the famous “pop & drop” and you don’t hear cracking, grinding or funky noises coming from the inside door panel, your power window regulator may be just fine. Move onto testing the power window motor or window switch.

You don’t always need to remove the panel to determine what is wrong with your power window motor or power window switch. Many times, a fluctuation in the strength of your power to your dorm or headlights, caused by the demand of current can tell you whether or not the motor is getting any juice, better known as electricity.

Testing at night with your engine off, but ignition and headlights on will be your best option. Depress the power window switch and if you see a slight dimming of your headlights or your dome or dash lights, you are getting an electrical connection to the switch and it is sending that power to the motor. If this happens and you aren’t hearing any noise, you can be relatively sure that it’s the power window lift motor that is to blame. Sometimes you hear a click-click-click-click when the motor is failing.

master power window switchIf you depress the switch button and you don’t experience a dimming, it’s likely to be the power window switch or an electrical break in the electrical harness. If the power window switch button feels spongy, loose or at all different from the other window switch buttons, you likely are in need of a window switch repair or replacement.
If you’re in the Phoenix area, we can make diagnosing a power window motor or window switch problem easy for you. Call Power Window Repair today for a free diagnosis and quote. Our friendly technicians will quickly determine what type of power window repair you need and get you a quote that you can count on. Call (480)570-5116 today!

Window Regulator and Window Lift Motor. What’s the difference?

Window Regulator and Window Lift Motor. What’s the difference?

The difference is how much money will be left in your wallet when you’ve paid for your repair!

We often hear them referred to as the window regulator and window lift motor assembly, but they are two different parts and have two different functions. Most repair facilities will install the window regulator and window lift motor assembly only because they either don’t know how to tension the regulator once the motor has been applied or they don’t want to deal with the hassle. This will cost you more money if you don’t know the difference.

window regulatorThe window regulator is the only non-power part of the power window system. There are many types of regulators depending on the vehicle you own. Those types include scissor action, cable action, and drive-shaft action. Some of the newer vehicles now have the regulator built into metal or plastic panels to make them harder for regular mechanics to get into, making it more likely that customers will be forced to go to the dealer for the repair. When a regulator breaks, the symptoms it displays are different depending on the type of regulator. Not all regulators are created equally.

When possible, Power Window Repair will separate these parts to save you money now and in the future. Most customers’ vehicles are suffering from regulator problems and that is our specialty. Our proprietary repair of stainless steel and custom-fabricated metal parts offers a more permanent OEM solution to the inferior replacement parts found in the automotive market today. We focus on the weakest points of the power window regulator, strengthening and fortifying them to prevent it from having to be replaced again down the road.
We’re not saying that we don’t install window regulator and window lift motor combinations when necessary, only that if it’s possible to separate and save you money, we will! The more you know, the more you can save on a power window repair. Call us today for a Free Diagnosis and Quote. Call (480)570-5116.

How To Diagnose A Problem With Your Power Window

Before assuming that your car has a major problem, let’s take a few moments to diagnose your power window problem and see if we can shed some light on the situation.

First, verify that all other windows are in working order. If all four windows fail at the same time and you have checked your fuses, you could have an electrical break in the door harness that runs between the body of the car and your door. If only one is not working properly, and it’s in the rear, it could still be an electrical break, but it’s rare in most vehicles, and more often found in the rear of Cadillac Devilles.

In most modern cars, it’s usually the regulator that goes first, with a few exceptions. The regulator is generally a cable track pulley system that is made of cheap plastic parts. In hotter climates, these regulators fail quickly and fail often. Symptoms of this type of problem include the glass dropping into the door panel, crunching, grinding or other funky noises indicating that the motor is working, but the glass is not being raised.

Some older vehicles have what’s called a scissor action regulator in the door. These regulators are bulletproof for the most part, but they do fail from time to time. There are small teeth on the arm of the regulator that attaches to the window lift motor and those teeth are thin and can break away. Symptoms of this would generally include a slight drop of the window and inability to raise all the way to the top. You may hear a noise that sounds similar to a machine gun – de de de de. When this occurs, using the power window or helping the glass up, can put further stress on your power window motor, which can lessen the life of the motor and cause it to draw more power from your power window switch. Power window switches in modern cars are outrageously priced and are often “dealer only” parts.

If your power window problem is running slowly, it’s likely that it’s just the power window lift motor that is to blame. Symptoms include the window starting to come up at normal speed and then when it gets part way up, it slows down to turtle speed and you have to help it up to the top. Again, not recommended. In touching the glass, you are putting additional pressure on the power window regulator, which can break and cause you more money. Glass carriers on regulators can also break, which would cause the window to tilt forward or backward.

If you have a power window problem in a Mazda, Nissan, Infiniti, or older Chevy or Ford, it’s likely the motor that’s the problem, even if you hear funky noises or crunching sounds. The gears inside some of those motors are plastic and will break down over time. They can be rebuilt in some cases.

Power Window Repair can help you fix your power window problem at 40-70% less than traditional repair facilities and dealers. Your power window problem does not have to break your budget and it doesn’t have to be put off when you can find affordable prices at Power Window Repair. Our proprietary repair of stainless steel and custom metal parts provides a more permanent solution for our customers, so take a look at what we have to offer and then call today for a FREE diagnosis & quote at (480) 570-5116. If you are outside the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, please be advised that we do accept repairs by mail and can turn most repairs around in 24-36hrs.

Power Window Repair Phoenix Arizona

Power Window Repair Phoenix

Watch our video, showing how we repair power window regulators and the power window repair services that we offer in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. We offer solid repairs designed to give our customers a more permanent solution to their power window woes and we offer a solid 1 year warranty to back it! Our creative pricing makes our repairs affordable, which gives you double the value in your repair! Call Power Window Repair Phoenix today for a free diagnosis and quote! Diagnostic Hotline (480)570-5116.

Is Your Power Window Broken? Who Do You Call?

Is your power window broken, stuck, off the track, moving slowly, or did it just drop into the door? Who are you going to call?

You don’t call your local tire repair shop. You don’t call your regulator mechanic and for Pete’s sake, you definitely don’t call the dealer!

We are always shocked when we get a call from a tire shop or machine shop for a quote on a power window for a customer. Even worse is when they call about door locks or door handles, because we know they have ZERO idea what they are doing or what’s behind that door panel and that’s why they’re calling on us.

We know it’s easier to deal with someone you already know, but taking a broken power window or anything else not tire related to a tire shop is just plain silliness! Let’s put it this way, most glass shops prefer not to work on these broken power windows because they are difficult, most are connected to a computer that’s finicky and if they get stuck on something funky, what do they do then?

Most skilled mechanics will tell you that working on power window systems is a PITA (pain in the you know what). When they get a call from a customer that says that their power window is broken, they cringe. Each vehicle is different. Each year range for each vehicle is different and parts can sometimes be hard to find, if you can figure out what’s definitely wrong with the system. This may be why most dealers call us and ask for a diagnosis, even after their mechanic has diagnosed the problem as a motor or a switch. They know better than to be ordering parts until they’ve spoken to one of our diagnostic technicians if they want to save time and money.

A broken power window can leave you feeling unsafe and vulnerable, which can in turn cause you to make snap decisions and have you running to the dealership when you have another option. Power Window Repair will save you 40-70% off traditional power window repair rates and because we specialize in power windows, our skilled technicians can offer mobile service on most repairs. Our proprietary repair of stainless steel and customer-fabricated parts applied to the weakest points of power window regulator provides for years of worry-free use, unlike the inferior replacement parts found on the market today.

To get a free diagnosis and quote on your vehicle, call (480)570-5116. We’ll get you the answers you need quickly and your repair completed in a snap! Be sure to check out our reviews on Yelp, BBB, Facebook and Angie’s List. We’re no joke when it comes to power windows!

 

 

 

Easy Power Window Repair

Doesn’t everyone want easy power window repair? I mean, who in their right mind would want hard power window repair? Any way you shake it, power window repair will cost you money. Just how much money it will cost you solely depends on the steps you take to remedy the situation.

Do you call the dealer? Be sitting down if you do. You’re about to hear the most outrageaus quote you’ve ever heard. Seriously, if you’re a heart patient, don’t do it. It will make you hot under the collar.

Do you call the local repair shop on the corner or one of those guys who advertises everywhere that they do all vehicle repairs? You can, but you’re still going to get an outrageous quote, you’re going to have to take it there for a diagnosis before you’ll get a quote and you’re likely to get crappy aftermarket parts to boot!

Do you call a glass shop? That’s what most people do, but most glass shop techs either have very little experience doing them, very little time in their schedules for repairs like this or will sub it out to Power Window Repair to make sure that the job gets done right, knowing that we are experts in our field.

Any one of these options will likely make you cry unless you end up talking to Power Window Repair. Our friendly diagnostic technicians will help you figure out what’s wrong and what you need and then they’ll find a time in your schedule for us to repair it for you. When the savings is 40-70% less than standard shop rates and you get a better warranty than the dealer, you need to call and compare. Power Window Repair is famous for repairing power window regulators so they don’t break again with proprietary stainless steel repairs and custom-fabricated metal parts.

With one year warranties on parts and labor, servicing over 4k windows per year, Power Window Repair has quickly become the leading experts in the power window repair industry. Power Window Repair carries 5-star ratings on Yelp and Facebook, as well as A+ ratings on the BBB and Angie’s List!

Call for a free quote and diagnosis at (480)570-5116.

My car window is grinding? What’s wrong?

Grinding, popping, scraping – all signs that you have a power window problem and should stop using the window immediately. Anytime a power window talks to you (makes noise), there’s something wrong and it needs to be addressed.

In most cases, it’s the power window regulator that has failed and is what’s causing all the noise you hear in the door. This means that something within that power window regulator mechanism has broken and the cable has come un-tensioned and is now loose to cause trouble. In many cases, when the window regulator breaks, the window will simply slide into the door, but we’ve seen them get hung up everywhere in-between, depending on where the regulator broke.

A failing or broken regulator will give you symptoms that can’t be denied. Just about the time it’s ready to break, the regulator will grind and screech all the way up and all the way down. You may even experience slowing on the way up AND on the way down. It will slide into the panel on it’s own. It will start to raise and then “pop and drop” into the panel. HINT: The cable and clips are part of the power window regulator mechanism. The cable doesn’t just come loose and the clips don’t just break, as some shops would have you believe. That cable is tensioned onto the regulator and motor and doesn’t just come loose or fall off a pulley wheel. Pulley wheels break, cables come un-tensioned and then the next time you hit the button that cable is ripped through the system breaking everything in it’s path. That’s the truth of the matter.

Power Window Repair employs a proprietary repair of stainless steel and custom-fabricated parts to strengthen and fortify OEM regulators, offering our customers a more permanent solution to the inferior replacement window regulators found on the market today.

With this being said, if you have Nissan or a Mazda and you’re experience grinding noises, you may have a different problem altogether. The power window motors are often to fail in these vehicles. The plastic gear inside these motors can breakdown and shatter causing all kinds of weird noises and slipping of the glass.

My car has manual windows. Can I convert them to power windows?

You can convert manual automobile windows to power automobile windows, but you should have a very good reason and have ALL the facts before making your decision.

It’s not cheap to have all those wires pulled and the mechanisms drilled into and retrofitted to fit the door – oh and then you have the switches – you’ll also need areas custom cut out to fit those.

Power Window Repair WILL be your most economical choice when converting from manual windows to power windows and we’ll do it in less than a day, but having all the facts is key is your satisfaction with your choice and end-result. We value your business and know that you can’t make intelligent decisions without the proper information.

Converted power windows don’t use the same OEM parts as were used when your vehicle came off the line. They are a set of 2 aftermarket conversion motors that come in a kit with cables that must be attached to the manual regulator. The harnesses, switches, surrounds and anything other needed parts come separately. In our experience, the strongest converted parts were the ones made 10yrs ago. To date, our team hasn’t found one particular part that performed stronger or longer than another.

The converted parts are designed to assist in raising and lowering the window. They aren’t designed to be used like you would if you had bought the vehicle with a power window system. For example, if you bought your truck with manual windows when you were healthy and your left shoulder was in good shape and then suddenly you were injured or couldn’t roll that window up and down anymore – you’d only use it when you had to. For this reason, we see most systems lasting 2-3yrs maximum! If you use it occasionally and only when absolutely needed, you could get 5yrs from a converted motor system.

For these reasons, we ask a lot of questions before quoting a you on this type of work. You may have already made up your mind that converting your manual windows to power is what you are going to do, but knowing that you may have to pay an additional $325 every 2yrs in parts and labor for motor replacement might change your mind. Then again, that may be all you need and it’s all this sounds just fine to you. If that’s the case, you know where you find us! Just keep in mind that any manual window to power window conversion must be done in the shop. We recommend that you drop it off on a Saturday morning and leave it with us until the afternoon.

What is a Power Window Motor?

Also called a window lift motor, or automobile glass lift motor, the power window motor is the electrical motor that when attached to the power window regulator, raises the window glass up and down.

The electrical connection is carried via the power window switch, which when depressed or raised creates an actuation telling the window motor whether to move forward or backward. As the motor gear moves forward and backward, the regulator gear or cable spool wheel is also moved.

Symptoms of power window failure include slowing over time. Anything over than 7 seconds from top to bottom should be of concern, especially in a newer vehicle. The motor may also stop in the middle of travel on the way up and then after a period of time, may continue to the top of travel. Motors rarely have difficulty on the way down, as they have gravity on their side and the weight of the glass on their backs. It’s on the way up where a motors true strength is tested.

Noise is rarely associated with window motor failure with the exception of those with inherent inner gear issues such as Nissan and Mazda. In those vehicles, a crunching noise will be present similar to a failing regulator, however it is indeed the motor that’s causing your problem.