1994 Ford Thunderbird passenger window

Tiny
MLAYTON
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  • 1994 FORD THUNDERBIRD
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 118,000 MILES
Motor makes noise I hear a grinding noise how do I get door panel off and motor out if need be to repair it.
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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 AT 4:27 PM

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Tiny
MERLIN2021
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On Fords, there are two philips screws, one at each lower corner of the door trim panel, remove those, inspect door handle, some have a screw securing them on, some the panel can slip over, then use the door trim clip tool, looks like a claw, available at all parts stores, now carfully pull out on pane as you look for and pop the clips. Do not try pulling them out without the tool, the door panel itself will break off before the clips will! http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/power_window.htm
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Monday, April 20th, 2009 AT 8:33 AM
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RYANBLIZZ
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The door panels are actually pretty simple on this car. There is a screw behind the lens of the small light in the bottom corner. Then you have to pull the interior door handle bezel off (pulls straight out), there is a screw behind this that also has a ground wire on it.

Once you have taken out the two screws all you have to do is pull the door pad straight up and it will come off completely.

There is either a white sticky insulation, or a removable plastic one. I have seen both, either way you will have to remove at least the bottom half of this to get to the window motor bolts. I just peeled mine up and then resealed it when I was finished.

Once the air seal has been removed, the manual says to remove the speaker to get to the power window motor. I have removed mine just by reaching from the back of the door forward, but do whatever is easier for you.

My motor was actually fine, just the plastic gears were destroyed. You can buy these off of eBay for $15 for one side and $25 for both. I would get both because if one side has failed the other is not far behind.

I recommend buying a small telescoping magnet, it took me longer to retrieve the bolt I dropped then to take the whole motor out.

Good luck!
Ryan
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 AT 7:42 AM

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