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.

 

 

How Long Does it Take To Repair a Power Window?

Ask most mechanics and they’ll tell you 3-5hrs – better yet, it’s likely that they’ll tell you to drop it off and then in 3-5hrs they’ll call you with a quote. A quote that is likely to leave your budget sobbing and your wallet screaming for mercy! Lucky for you, there’s an alternative!

Our technicians can complete most repairs inside of 20-30 minutes. Because we carry most OEM rebuilt regulators in stock, it’s almost always a simple install for us in the field. In these cases, the heavy work is done in the shop and we can move more quickly in the field. Each of our technicians will perform a minimum of 1.200 per windows per year, so they’re skilled and getting in and out of your door professionally and in a timely manner.

FUNNY, YET EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PROP YOUR POWER WINDOW

Okay, Power Window Repair services over 4,000 power windows a year in Phoenix, AZ and I have to say, I am shocked and surprised at some of the pictures my techs send in from the field and the descriptions of what customers have used to prop their power window glass temporarily. It’s downright hysterical and quite inventive!

 

Let’s be realistic, if you don’t know that Power Window Repair exists, you could miss a car payment trying to get that window working properly again. It’s no joke what some dealers and shops think is okay to charge for their repair. If you can’t afford that repair, you may try to get that glass up temporarily to keep the elements AND critters out of your vehicle.

 

And…. drumroll please….

The PWR Angel Awards go to:

The guy who’s wife stuck chop-sticks in the rubber trim of his BMW 7-Series! His wife didn’t want him spending $700 on a repair, but she didn’t want him driving around in a 50k car with duct tape on the window either!!! She was pleasantly pleased enough that she actually made a phone call to me and I was able to have a laugh with her over her ingenious idea! It turns out that she’s Japanese. Apparently, she keep old pairs of chopsticks in her junk drawer for all kinds of household purposes! Who knew?!?

The gal who used pliers and cardboard to lift her glass and then taped cans of baked beans stacked together to hold the glass in place! Kudos! Girl Power! Now that’s a Power Window Repair Angel!

And last, but not least….

The kid who used suction cups that he stole from his mother’s stained-glass ornaments, hanging in her kitchen window. She hadn’t noticed them missing yet, so he left early from work to come to the shop. It was the first time I had seen this technique used. He said the Audi was a gift for college from his grandfather and there was NO WAY he was putting duct tape on that paint. Now that’s using your noggin!

If you have a power window repair and you’re in the Phoenix Metro area, give Power Window Repair a call first. I guarantee you will save a bundle and you won’t ever be sorry you picked up the phone. As always, we encourage you to do your own research on any company you choose to work on your vehicle. Power Window Repair strives to provide the biggest bang for your buck on everything power windows and we are known for our excellent customer service, but don’t take our word for it. Take a moment to visit Yelp, Angie’s List and the BBB. It takes just a moment to give yourself a little peace of mind! Be smart about how you spend your money!

Call Power Window Repair for a Free Diagnosis & Quote! (480)570-5116

How Do You Fix A Twisted BMW Seat – The BMW seat twist nightmare is over!

Is your BMW seat moving one way, but not the other? Are you lop-sided, leaning in one direction, as your driving down the road? Is the vehicle stuck in the position of your wife or husband’s height? Your power seat isn’t just malfunctioning, it could be causing a safety hazard to you and the people you love!

If you’ve called BMW or any other repair shop for that matter, you looking at an entire new seat and that’s going to set you back a pretty penny. It’s not uncommon for customers to tell us that they’ve been quoted upward of $1200 for a replacement seat. A used seat from a junk yard will cost about $450 and then it has to be stripped, the old seat torn apart and everything put back together again. You lose your car for 4 days and if you’re lucky, it will be repaired correctly. The key phrase here being “if you’re lucky”.

A twisted seat repair doesn’t take a brain surgeon, but you do have to know what you’re doing and have the proper tools available to you. Paul’s video comes with personal support, so it’s not uncommon for him to hear from someone on the East Coast or in another country. This BMW problem is world-wide. the one thing common about all these people is that they wished they were in Phoenix, so they could have us do the repair. What really stinks is when they call from Florida for a quote stoked about what we do and then realize we’re in Arizona. What a bummer! Lucky for them, Paul is great at explaining how to fix these things.

Check out Paul Fixing Tony’s 5-Series!

Tony’s a great guy and has been stuck to us like glue since 2009. I think we’ve fixed 2 seats and 3 windows for that man and he always acts like we hung the moon. I think it’s time Paul started creating more videos with customers and connecting with his fans. Don’t you? He puts the fun back in driving your ride and makes reliable repairs, like this affordable. It’s customers like Tony that keep us focused on customer service and the highest quality BMW seat and window regulator repairs.

WE REPAIR OVER 100 BMW SEAT TWISTS A YEAR IN THE PHOENIX AREA!

Paul helps Steve Beat the Dealer…uh…..Stealership

Steve has an M5 and his passenger seat had been twisted for a long time, due to the high cost of repair. When the other seat went, this twisted seat syndrome really started to give him a headache. The dealer wanted to $800 per seat to repair them. Not replace them….REPAIR them. Paul charged him $149 a seat and called it a day! Today all of our techs are skilled in BMW seat twist repairs!

We didn’t achieve the highest ratings Yelp, Angie’s List and the BBB by being slackers! We do what we say, offer hassle-free, no surprise repairs and we do it with a smile each and every time!  With rates averaging 40-70 less than most dealers and shops, we’re definitely the biggest bang for your buck!

You can download Paul’s instructional videos on BMW twisted seat repairs for $39 but if you live in the Phoenix area, you’re going to want to just pick up the phone and call us at (480)570-5116. We can repair that BMW twisted seat for $149 and you can save your knuckles and your neck! We’ll have that twisted seat untwisted in a jiffy and have you back on the road. The average repair on a BMW seat twist will take less than 1 hour and it can be done at your home or office. The best part about it is that we give a 1-year warranty. You can’t go wrong. Our BMW customers aren’t shy and they are major Yelpers here in Phoenix. One look at our reviews on Yelp and you’ll have peace of mind that the technicians at Power Window Repair will provide you with the best repair, at the best possible price.

What is a Power Window Regulator?

There are 3 main designs of the power window regulator mechanism. Each one has it’s own action and each manufacturer has it’s preference.

When you hit that window switch to lower or raise your window, it doesn’t happen like magic as our kids would like to think. Behind the curtain, door electricity is flowing and parts are moving. Today I’ll address each window regulator design and attempt to give you some explanation as to what’s happening behind that curtain and why in some cases, you may want to save your knuckles and fingers and leave a power window repair to the experts.

SCISSOR ACTION WINDOW REGULATORS

Let me begin by saying that some of these are downright dangerous. I can’t count the number of close calls Paul had in the early years of Power Window Repair, before he learned his lesson and smartened up. Widely used in older vehicles, they have somewhat faded from newer models 1997 to date. Honda was using a mix of styles from front to rear and Hyundai used mainly cable window regulators in the early to mid-1990’s, but European and automobiles made in the US were using the scissor action regulator. By the time everyone was switching to cable, Hyundai was testing scissor…..they went back cable. As their vehicles became more reliable and they increased their guarantees of reliable vehicles, I guess they needed something to fix that wasn’t under warranty.

Made of almost all metal, the scissor regulator has a main arm that connects to the track or glass tray, the other has teeth that mesh with gear on the power window motor. As the motor is driven forward and backward and window is raised and lowered.

The most common failure in this type of power window regulator is general found to at the weakest point, which is the plastic wheel at the end which allows the regulator to glide effortless up and down when in working condition. Over time, plastic deteriorates and breakage occurs. Under normal circumstances the entire mechanism would need to be replaced, however Power Window Repair has designed an OEM repair where we remove the broken wheel and replace it with a much more durable wheel, one that is rated for a higher degree of temperature and heavier load. The savings to our customers is notable. We also see failure in the glass carriers. Clips make of metal and plastic alike will break and in many cases, a text book repair will call for the glass to be repaired. If you’re in the Phoenix Area, Power Window Repair can almost always fix that for $149-179.

It is worth noting that we know what’s coming down the pipe. We’ve done the research. Some of the newer models in 2014 and 2015 have taken to heavier, anti-theft glass which calls for a heavier-duty scissor action regulator in order to stabilize and support the weight of that added security. Despite having to expand doors to make room for the addition safety features and redesign speaker locations, it looks like they were listening to their customers needs for added safety for the property.

CABLE ACTION WINDOW REGULATORS

Cable action regulators come in a variety of designs, but all are based on pulley system mechanics. Some are designed with a single metal track, some with a double metal track. Newer cable mechanisms are found to be built into a plastic panel, which becomes even more difficult to deal with. Some even require the outer panel or skin to be removed in order to reach the window regulator, which mean taping off painted areas, time intensive dismantling of most of the door panel and finding a safe place to protect the skin while working on the vehicle.

The weight and the size of the glass almost always dictate what will be found in a door, but door speakers and other mechanisms also come into the play when determining all the parts that will be placed inside a door panel.

The most common failures are found in in the weakest areas, including the pulley wheels, fairleads, plastic spring tensioners and glass carrier areas.

DRIVE-SHAFT WINDOW REGULATORS

We can begin by saying that this mechanism is found in the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty. We consider this vehicle to the be the #1 source of power window problems across the nation, BY DOUBLE. It was no surprise to us to find this very same mechanism in a 1980 Ferrari. When we opened that box from Washington, all we could do was laugh. No wonder! It wasn’t long after that when we opened a Frieght-liner door to find the very same regulator mechanism and then again in the Kenworth trucks. The trick with the Kenworth is that similarly to the Audi window regulators, the entire cassette, including the glass attached, must be removed before the window regulator mechanism can be worked on.

The mechanism itself is a one track systems with a plastic drive shaft that carries the fuzzy cable that is driven up and down by the power window motor. It’s not uncommon to hear that a fuzzy monster is sticking up out of a customers window when the window regulator fails. Jeep Liberty window regulators fail in so many places that we make it look like Frankenstein before we put it back in our customers door. Forget the metal parts that everyone’s selling out there online – what they don’t tell you is that as soon as you install that new part, the regulator will break in an area you can’t fix. It’s a racket, we tell you! They even break in such a way in the rear doors that we sometimes have to remove the panel from the inside with the door closed. That’s fun!

What ever it is that’s in that door of yours, we’ll have a fix that won’t break your budget. Just give us a ring for a diagnosis and we’ll start from there!