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Like an elevator that brings you from one floor to another, the regulator on your car's window raises and lowers your car's window glass. Used in manual and electric window assemblies, the Window Regulator works closely with the window switch in opening and closing an auto window. Each time you open or close your vehicle's window-by means of a switch or by cranking it open with a window handle-the regulator moves your window glass accordingly. The regulator in your window mechanism is built to last for a long time. But sometimes, frequent use and corrosion in the window assembly can hasten the end of the regulator's service life. When that time comes, the only way to restore your window's function is by replacing your worn regulator. Finding the right regulator for your car is an easy process if you know what to look for. When buying a new regulator, choose one that's compatible with your vehicle's window mechanism. You'll know if the replacement regulator you're eyeing is compatible with your car, that is, if the regulator's specs match those of your original equipment. Usually, when the specs match, the regulator is already a direct-fit component that will fit and function well with the rest of your window assembly. A direct-fit regulator also guarantees quick and easy installation, since an OE-style regulator requires no modifications. Also, choose a Window Regulator that's built by a trusted manufacturer. That way, you know that you're getting is both durable and reliable. Find the right regulator for your ride from our site now.
How to Buy a Window Regulator
Whether it is to get parking or toll tickets, or to just let some fresh air into your cabin, you will always have a reason to open and close your car's window. This means your window regulator must always be in excellent shape. Because the regulator is a mechanical part, it will eventually become worn out over time and due to repeated use.
Read on to find out how to get the perfect window regulator replacement for your vehicle.
What's the window regulator for?
The window regulator is the component inside your door panel that allows you to raise or lower your window glass as you please. Both manual and electric car windows have window regulators.
A manual window is operated by a hand-crank, while an electric window is controlled by a switch or button that activates a motor. In both cases, the resulting motion is rotational, which is what the regulator transforms into up-and-down linear motion that raises or lowers the window glass.
What regulator to get?
A worn-out or broken window regulator must be immediately replaced, unless you're fine with having a stuck window. The first thing you have to consider is the type of regulator that you need.
As said earlier, your car's windows could either be manual or electric. Each type requires a different kind of window regulator.
You then have to consider the fit. Different car makes and models may have differently designed regulators. We recommend that you get a regulator that is made specifically for your vehicle.
What to look for in a window regulator?
As always, we suggest that you get only those regulators that are made by trusted and established brands. You can always find a good deal for a product from some of the top brands in the world. This will ensure that you get a good and reliable regulator.
Of course, there are always cheaper alternatives to some of the more popular brands. You just have to make sure that they can provide you with the same performance and quality. One way to do that is by looking at product reviews and finding the regulator that can give you the best value for your money.
We also recommend that you get a window regulator that comes with a complete set of instructions. You can have a mechanic change the regulator for you, but doing it yourself would be so much more economical.
How to Replace Your Window Regulator
Your window regulator is the part that's directly responsible for raising and lowering your car's window glass as you please. It is connected either to a crank or an electric motor. Because of its mechanical nature, the regulator is prone to wearing out over time. Any broken or worn-out window regulator must be replaced as soon as possible.
Here are the tools you need to use and the steps you need to follow to easily replace your old window regulator.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools and other materials you will need:
- Socket wrench
- Needle nose pliers
- Philips head screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
- Masking tape
You will remove several screws for this project. Set them aside in a safe place and in an organized manner. You don't want to lose any of them.
Steps described below are for the replacement of a power window regulator. Steps for replacing a manual window regulator are pretty similar. Adjust accordingly.
Step 1: Make sure the window glass is raised completely. Disconnect the battery terminals to prevent any accidents while working with electric components.
Step 2: Using the flat head screwdriver, pry open the access panels on the door panel. Use the same screwdriver to lift the window switch plate off of the door panel. Unplug the electrical connector behind the switch plate and set it aside for now.
Step 3: Find all of the screws that hold the door panel in place. Loosen all of them. Once you're sure that you have removed all screws, pry open the door panel and slowly pull it away.
Step 4: Pull back the plastic insulator inside the door. Use masking tape to keep the window glass in its place while you work on the regulator. Disconnect the electrical connector on the power window motor and use a socket wrench to unfasten the bolts that secure the regulator and motor to the door frame.
Step 5: Detach the old regulator from the motor then pull the regulator away.
Step 6: Connect the new regulator to the motor and put the assembly back in place in the door frame. Use masking tape to reattach the plastic liner.
Step 7: Carefully reconnect all electrical connections. Screw everything back into place. Once all pieces are back in place, re-install the door panel cover and secure with screws. Put the reconnected window switch back in place.
Step 8: Reconnect battery, start the car, and test your windows.
The entire process should take you about an hour or two.