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.

Power Window Not Working? How Power Windows Work

A power window can be a force to be reckoned with. It’s full of moving and electrical parts and one things always leads to another. A dozen things can go wrong that would cause a power window to stop working or to work in such a way that you know that something is wrong…very, very wrong.

In most modern cars, we look to the regulator to be the problem, although particular models have a predisposition toward motor failure. Many of the newer modern vehicles have cable power window regulators in they doors and they’re simply not made to last. Symptoms of a broken or failing window regulator include the glass popping and dropping into the panel or it slowly slipping down as you drive. You may hear the motor trying to work and may even hear metal scraping around, but there’s no movement in the glass – that’s a window regulator. When it’s beginning to fail, most of these power window regulators will talk to you, or in other words make noise. Cable window regulators, in general, carry the heaviest weight of the glass and the heaviest loads, on the weakest points of the part. That’s usually where you’re going to find those cheap plastic pulley-wheels, fairleads and glass anchors. That’s a problem for most consumers considering that replacement parts are far more inferior than the original, even if their OEM replacement window regulators. It’s a big inconvenience to come out in the morning to find your window down and you know it was up when you locked it the night before. What do you do? Take it to work and hope it doesn’t get broken into? Call into work? It’s a real hassle to work with most dealers and repair facilities that work on power windows. You’ll lose your ride for a day or more, I promise. If you’re interest in getting help with that problem you can call us at the shop (480)570-5116 and a diagnostic tech can walk you through our process and why we do it. Don’t worry about not being in Phoenix, we have regulators shipping from all over the country.

The next most probable problem when a power window fails is the motor. A good sign that a motor is failing is that it will generally slow down as your trying to power the glass up. You may even be tempted to help the glass from time to time to get it up all the way. Now if it’s slow on the way down, go back to thinking it’s the window regulator, because a regulator attached to a motor will whizz down whether it’s good or almost worn out. Remember, it has gravity on it’s side and a huge piece of glass on it’s back. It’s on the way back up that the power window motor is tested. Once you start experiencing a slow down, you’d better start looking to replace it. One day you will hit the button and it will just be dead. Let’s just hope the window is in the up position when that happens. If you’re experiencing a problem with the window bouncing up and down or falling out of the one-touch programming, you’re likely looking at a motor issues, but with BMW’s, VW’s and Audi’s it can sometimes be a warning of regulator failure. They’re German, what else can I tell you?

Finally, we can talk about the power window switch. If the failure is on one of the passenger doors, you need to test the switch from both the door with the problem AND the master power window switch on the driver’s door. If it works from one or the other, the other one needs to be repaired or replaced. Cars are often misdiagnosed as a motor when it’s actually the switch connection that has burned out in the up or down position. It’s unlikely to have a switch burn out in the middle, since the damage isn’t done until you actually let go of the switch. It’s much more difficult to diagnosis a switch on a drivers door window. There aren’t any other switches to try, so what you look for is that special click that you feel under you finger when the switch is raised or depressed. That click you feel or hear is the electrical actuation. If you are clearly getting that, go back to thinking it’s the motor.

If all 4 windows go at the same time or if you’re driving a Buick Century or Cadillac DeVille, there’s always that chance of an electrical break in the door wire harness. We run into it from time to time and we simply repair the broken wire and reduce the price we quoted you for the part, right on the spot. Most wire harnesses can be repaired for $149-$199, depending on how many wires have been damaged.

As always the experts at Power Window Repair will have the answers that you seek regarding you power window and our prices will knock your socks off! We’re known for beating dealer and shop rates by 40-70% off so call and compare. (480)570-5116.

BMW rear power window regulator

Weak areas on a power window regulator

 

 

 

How long has Power Window Repair been around? What’s The History Behind PWR?

After designing this proprietary repair for his own vehicles, Paul Nagy founded Power Window Repair in Phoenix, Arizona in January of 2009. Since then, we have designed hundreds of cable window regulator and motor repairs, as well as adding power door locks and other door accessory repairs.

In 2012 is when Power Window Repair really started to see rapid growth. Additional build and install technicians were hired, as well as a full-time diagnostic technician to take pressure off Paul. A new vehicle was put on the road that year and both vehicles were wrapped in our trademark colors, logo and telephone number.

In 2013 Power Window Repair added to the team again, by welcoming additional administrative and managerial staff to shape up the ship! This is when Power Window Repair really started to take shape as a powerful business in Phoenix.

2014 proved to be a very busy year for Power Window Repair and our team. Nearly doubling the number of customers serviced, it was then that repeat customers and direct referrals became PWR’s number two source of customers, right behind Google. It was also when Power Window Repair realized just how many people in Phoenix still did not know that Power Window Repair existed and that there was an affordable company they could trust that specialized just in power window regulators and power window repairs.

In 2015 Power Window Repair intends to reach out to more Phoenix consumers directly through Facebook, other social media sources and our current customer base. Now servicing 16-20 Phoenix area customers daily, Power Window Repair has become the go-to source for 5-Star Service and affordable prices! With monthly VIP Savings campaigns for current customers and a fresh new look and website, Power Window Repair is poised to be the #1 power window repair source in the nation. We already receive and ship 10-15 regulators from out of state monthly! Our new location is also expected to be ready for move in some time in 2015. Join us on Facebook and we’ll keep you updated on our progress and everything else Power Window Repair!

 

Why Does My Car Need To Come To The Shop For Warranty Service?

We apologize that you’re having difficulty with your repair during your 1-yr warranty period and promise to resolve your issue promptly. Repairs completed under warranty do not include mobile service and for very good reasons.

Regulator Repairs Under Warranty

All of our OEM power window regulator repairs are designed and engineered to be a more permanent solution than replacement parts. We can’t guarantee they’ll last forever, but we certainly intended for the repair to last as long as you have the car. If you’re having trouble in the first 12-months, we need to have a “personal chat with your car”. That’s our funny way of saying that we want our master mechanic to inspect the mechanism, inspect the door, diagnose what went wrong and reverse it for you.

The fact of the matter is that we have a complete shop, with all the tools and parts we may need to correct the problem with your repair. We don’t want to see you have another problem any more than you want to come see us again!

Part Installation Under Warranty

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, replacement parts aren’t what they used to be. Whether it’s a power window regulator, power window motor or power window switche, we see problems with replacement parts. It’s all dependent on what was going on at the manufacturer on a particular day. One lot from a manufacturer might be bad, but the next may be perfect. From what we see, there is very little quality control in the automotive replacement part market these days.

Our Promise To You

We promise to provide you with the best quality replacement part at the most economical price. If that part fails under warranty, we will attempt to find another manufacturer of that part or another lot to replace it from. There’s always a solution and Power Window Repair is the team to find it!

Warranty service is generally quick and painless. We’ll make you comfortable in our shop or you can hang out and see what went wrong with your repair. Just call one of our friendly diagnostic technicians to schedule your warranty work in our shop.

Why Does My Vehicle Require That You Remove The Outer Skin Of The Door To Get To The Window Regulator?

It’s almost laughable, we know! A design that actually requires you to practically disassemble the entire door in order to get to the power window regulator. It’s downright foolish. Or is it? It might just be the most brilliant joke automotive manufacturers have played on standard shop mechanics in years!

It all began with the Saturn S Series vehicles. Hundreds of mechanics were left to backtrack and explain to customers why they couldn’t repair their vehicle when they’d already quoted the repairs and had them bring them into the shop. Often times, it wasn’t until after they had already removed the inner panel that they realized their plight! This was a “Dealer Only” repair, meaning only the dealer knows how to get in and out of the door!

This practice has returned in some of the 2006 to Current Volkswagen models, such as the Volkswagen Jetta and Volkswagen Passat, once again wreaking havoc on the standard repair shops, cutting them out of this part of the European power window repair market.

The good news is that anything considered to be a “dealer only” repair only motivates our team to make sure that our customers don’t end up at the dealer uh “stealership”. Our technicians are skilled at removing the outer skin of these vehicles and rebuilding the OEM power window regulator mechanisms with our proprietary repair and custom-fabricated metal parts. There is additional cost involved in the labor of this process and the repair must be done in our shop, but we offer our customers a 5-star repair at a price that’s much more affordable than any other repair facility!

 

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.

What do I do when my automobile power window starts running slowly?

Is your power window running slow? Does it take longer than 8 seconds to get from the bottom to the top or does it stop in the middle when you are trying to roll it up? This could be the first indication that your power window motor is burning out and getting ready to die. When this happens the window will go down just fine and without trouble. Remember, on the way down, the regulator has the weight of the glass on it’s back and gravity on it’s side, so it won’t need the power of the motor to lower the glass. It’s on the upstroke where the window motor is really load tested and you’ll have trouble.

You may think that helping the glass along by lifting the glass and operating the window at the same time will help you get the most out of that motor, but you run the risk of breaking the regulator or glass carriers every time you put your hand on that glass and that would just mean more money out the window!

Power Window Repair recommends that you get the window up and leave it up until it can be repaired. A failing power window motor will draw more power through the power window switch and can cause additional problems there. Call for free quote and diagnosis and then you’ll know what you are looking at for repair cost. You can reach our diagnostic team at (480)570-5116.

 

Can I repair my power window on my own? DIY Power Window Regulator Repair

In many cases, it is absolutely possible to repair your power window on your own. Just remember that what looks easy, can quickly become a nightmare that could be avoided simply by calling Power Window Repair to do the job. Often times, we can repair the window, save your knuckles and still save you money!

If you still want to take this project on yourself, we have a few warnings for you and of course, we’ll be there for you if you run into trouble.

1. Have the tools necessary to remove your door panel properly

2. Purchase extra door panel clips from the dealer if possible ( you will break some )

3. Purchase the correct window regulator assembly for your vehicle and door. A quality OEM replacement is always preferable over an inferior aftermarket part – remember, if that OEM blows up down the road, we can repair it – if the aftermarket part fails, it’s going in the garbage and you’ll be doing this again.

4. Watch a YouTube video on the specifics of working on your vehicles door and be prepared before you take on a job like this.

5. If it’s a scissor action regulator with a spring-action hub, please DO NOT attempt this repair. Call us at (480)570-5116 for a free diagnosis & quote. It won’t be worth losing a finger to save a few bucks!

How do I know what type of window regulator is in my door?

That’s a question, we hear a lot. The manufacturer, model and model year of your vehicle, including the door position will determine which mechanism is in your vehicles door. Each regulator is designed to fit a certain number of vehicles over a period of year ranges.

The size and weight of the glass, as well as the space inside the door panel will sometimes dictate the type and size of the mechanism that is used for a particular design.

What is in a Power Window System?

Any way you shake it, each power window will have a power window switch, a power window motor and a power window regulator. We know that it seems logical to some people that they would all run on one system and they’re shocked when one doesn’t work and the other’s do, but they each have they’re own system and they can go out whenever they get good and ready. In fact, each part can and will fail at different times sometimes wreaking havoc on an average family auto repair budget. The window regulator continues to be the leading cause of power window failure, with motors coming in not far behind.

Besides the door harness, which carries various wires from the door frame through the doors, you have 3 power window parts in each door: A power window switch, a power window motor and a power window regulator.

In most vehicles you will find the master switch pack on the driver door, which will control 2 or more windows in a vehicle. This switch may also contain connections for window lock out, power door locks, mirrors, etc. There will also be a single switch on the passenger side door(s) in most cases. On rare occasions, switches are found in the center consoles or in the center of the dash.

Each button has 2 connections – an up switch and a down switch. This means that there are 2 different connections that can go bad. When failing, it may go up from one switch, but must be lowered by another, etc. It’s more difficult to diagnosis a switch problem on a driver door so be ready for a question and answer session.

The power window switch sends electrical power to the power window or window lift motor, which is powered forward and backward at the switches request. Just because a front left motor is on the left side does not necessarily mean that it will fit in the rear position. While some parts are interchangeable, most motors are specific to the regulator that they will be attached to, whether that be a scissor or cable action regulator.

The power window regulator is the one NON-power part of the power window system. It’s a pulley or lift system and it’s only use is to hold the glass in place, so that the power window motor can have something to push up the glass in a stable manner. The motor will either attach with a metal gear on a scissor action regulator or with a cable spool wheel on a cable action regulator. As the motor is turned, that pulley or lift system is activated raising the glass up or down as requested.