1995 Ford Taurus Rear power windows

Tiny
SLANTSIX
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  • 1995 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
The right rear power window on my '95 Taurus GL failed a few days ago in the open position (it normally goes only half-way down). I've hot-wired the input leads in the door panel in both directions -- no go, so I'm guessing the regulator/motor assembly has died. I think the motor is pop riveted into place. The Haynes manual says only the dealer can repair it. True? I've replaced window glass in a '74 Dart Sport ("Duster" body) and an '86 Daytona. Do you think I could handle the motor replacement? Or do you think the problem is elsewhere? What baffles me is why the rear units should fail (I bought the car recently with the left rear inoperable) before the front. Seems to me the front units would get far greater use. Are the rear units lighter duty? Would it be possible to simply remove the motor and somehow raise the window by leveraging the teeth in the "drive rail" one by one? I'd be happy to simply close the window.
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Monday, July 5th, 2010 AT 8:36 AM

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Tiny
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If a dealer can do it, so can a mechanic! Here's how:
POWER WINDOW MOTOR Removal 1. Raise window to full up position (if possible) and support. Disconnect battery negative cable. Remove inner door trim panel and protective cover. Unplug harness connector. 2. Remove 2 forward regulator mounting plate rivets. Remove 3 electric motor mounting screws (or rivets). Push regulator mounting plate outward to remove motor. Installation 1. Assemble window drive motor to regulator assembly. Tighten motor-to-regulator bolts until snug, do not fully tighten. Connect wiring to motor. 2. Connect negative battery cable. Operate window to ensure proper gear engagement. Tighten motor-to-regulator bolts to 50-84 INCH lbs (5.6-9.5 N.M). Install door panel and trim.
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Monday, July 5th, 2010 AT 9:18 AM
Tiny
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I'm no tech, but I have a '94 GL Wagon with a '95 engine. I just did my front window and realize that I can do all of this on my own and so can you. Ford did not intend for people like us, who are handy with tools and can figure things out, to do the work. If you really want a challenge, try to set your timing with a timing light. It's impossible to see any of the things that you have to.
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Monday, July 5th, 2010 AT 10:19 AM
Tiny
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No one has answered my question as to whether it's possible, once I remove the motor, to close the window. While I'm waiting for the parts place to get a replacement motor for me (it's not stocked). And while it's raining. And the duct tape is sliming my paint, and flopping in the wind. And falling off? Makes me want to replace every failing motor with a manual, fail-safe crank.
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 AT 6:48 AM
Tiny
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After the motor is removed there is nothing to hold it up, use a piece of wood under the glass to prop it up.
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 AT 8:37 AM
Tiny
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When I removed the motor and plugged it back in, it worked fine. I reinstalled it and it worked fine for awhile, then quit again a few days later, again, in the down position. I loosened the 3 mounting bolts (by the way, that's all that's required to remove the motor in this particular model -- no drilling out rivets), and it worked again. I tightened them all, and it quit. I removed the motor, it worked, I reinstalled it, and, for now anyway, it seems to be working. Wiggling the wires and tapping the motor don't SEEM to affect anything (?), And voltage always seems to be fine at the disconnect. I've yet to reinstall the panel, etc. For fear I'll have to tear into it yet again. Any ideas?
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Monday, July 19th, 2010 AT 7:07 AM
Tiny
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Motor may be weak and dying, while the trim is off remove the motor, raise glass by hand to make sure it travels the full distance up and down checking for any binding, if non then change the motor, if it binds adjust the rails.
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Monday, July 19th, 2010 AT 1:55 PM

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