Repair electric windows

Tiny
KELLROD DEAN
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  • 1993 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
How do you change the cable for electric windows? Also one of my back windows wont roll up or down with the button. When you push the button to go up it just makes a clicking sound and when you push to go down it does nothing. The window will move if you force it with your hand so I guess its off the track so to speak or the gears in the window motor are stripped I am not sure. One thing I am sure of is you can hardly get your hand inside to work on the dang thing. What a pain. Hard to see as well. I know the cable takes a long route from top to bottom but how do you change it?
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Monday, June 13th, 2016 AT 10:11 PM

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Tiny
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Unless there is something I am not aware of, you cannot buy just the cable. Also, anything over three of four years old wont be available from a Ford dealer unless that part was used up until the last few years. They do not make repair parts available for very long. Do an internet search for a company that rebuilds these assemblies. They take care of frayed cables and cracked plastic pulleys. If you cannot find anything, ask at any dealer's parts department. They will tell you where they send them.
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Monday, June 13th, 2016 AT 10:42 PM
Tiny
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There is a place here called wrench a part. In case you do not know its a judge wrecking yard and you go take the part off yourself. They have some explorers out there that I have already gotten parts from. How do you remove the whole cradle and everything from the door? I would guess through the top of the opening would be the only way I see to remove it. But I know there are rivets instead of screws holding everything in place and you have to drill those out. If I could see everything better I could tell how it all works together so I thought I would just remove everything and sit it in front of me so I would know how it all works together. But I want to get the cradle out in one piece if possible.
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Monday, June 13th, 2016 AT 11:03 PM
Tiny
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Your best bet is to get a copy of the manufacturer's service manual or buy a subscription to one of the online manual companies. We use Mitchell-On-Demand. Another one is AllData.

Since you have access to a pull-your-own-parts yard, take a cordless drill along to drill out the rivets. Look at the entire door as how can it go together on the assembly line the fastest. The engineers do not care one bit about ease of service later. The service manual will show how to remove the regulator. Once the window is disconnected, the cable-driven units usually come out through a giant hole in the inside sheet metal panel.

I help a friend in his body shop once in a while, and when it comes to transferring stuff from the smashed door to the new one, it is always a learning experience. Dodge trucks are pretty easy but some brands are very frustrating.
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Monday, June 13th, 2016 AT 11:18 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the help I really appreciate your input. Isn't the internet wonderful? I watched a couple of videos on You Tube on how to replace this stuff. I learned alot in fact enough to tackle the job without too much difficulty hopefully. Also learned the regulator is practically everything but the motor. I thought the regulator was an electronic part. No wonder I couldn't find it lol.
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 AT 12:41 PM
Tiny
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Yep the internet is the key to learning and sharing knowledge, please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 AT 8:54 PM
Tiny
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Dandy. One thing to be aware of is some regulators have a fairly strong coiled spring to aid in raising the window. When you mentioned the motor being separate, it reminded me that those springs can go flying when the motor is removed. That spring may be wound up inside a housing that is part of the motor. I remember watching on a few occasions fellows running across the shop chasing a spring.
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 AT 8:57 PM

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