Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Is it possible to install a window regulator, whether automatic or manual, without taking out the door's windows?
Answer: It is not necessary to completely take out the window glass from the Ford Focus' door to replace a window regulator. However, when installing either of the two kinds of regulator, it is important to unfasten the glass from the window regulator for an easier, and safer, installation. Since the window glass is supported by the regulator's assembly, make sure that the glass won't slide down the interior door panel once it is unbolted from the regulator. To ensure that the window glass stays out of the way while installing the new regulator, one can simply tape the glass on to the window frame. This can be done by sliding the glass window up towards the frame by hand and securing it on all sides with the use of masking tape. This will keep the window glass from slipping or falling and prevent damaging, the windows, the new regulator, and, most especially, the DIYers hand.
The small plastic pieces in the power window regulator broke off from the assembly. Should the entire assembly be replaced, or can the regulator be salvaged by purchasing a replacement part for the plastic clips?
Answer: These plastic clips have been a pain in the head of most drivers with power windows installed on their cars. They are not just flimsy and unreliable, but they are also costly to replace since no separate replacement part is available for these clips. So when these small pieces fail, the only repair option is to buy a new one to fit the Ford Focus. Charge this window regulator problem to experience and just replace the assembly with a new one. Make sure to purchase a new regulator that comes equipped with metal clips this time around to avoid similar damage to the regulator in the future.
When the window is raised up or lowered down, it always appears crooked. Is this a sign of a busted window regulator that needs to be replaced?
Answer: Since the window glass is moving up or down with the push of a button, it means that the rotor, and the rest of the window regulator, is still in good working condition. The problem most likely lies in a misaligned regulator. Due to normal, everyday use, the clips that hold the window glass can become too loose or too tight over time. The uneven hold among all the clips is what causes the crooked raising or lowering of the window. To solve this window problem, simply loosen or tighten the clips of the window regulator so that all clips have the same amount of hold on the glass.