1997 Saturn SC2 How do I return my window to a raised posti

Tiny
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1997 Saturn SC2 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual

Here is my question:

I have a 1997 Saturn SC 2, 2 door coupe, and the drivers window motor locked up.

It is stuck in the lowered position.

What is the best way to get the window back in the raised position, secured so it will not fall back into the lowered position.

The motor locked up and has not moved since. I do not have the means (money) to replace the motor. All I want is to raise the window back up again. I will replace the window motor later.

I see two options:

Remove the window from the control base and tape it in place, or.

Open the door paneling, remove the window motor regulator, unlock the motor (I would guess remove the motor cover and unscrew the control rod until the motor is loose), change the motor position to raised position and reinstall the regulator in the door.

I think the 2nd option is the most secure, and since the motor won't work anyway the window will stay up.

Is the 2nd option the best?
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Monday, August 30th, 2010 AT 4:03 PM

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Tiny
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First of all thank you so much for your donation.I would try taking the door panel off and make sure you have power and ground to the window motor while pushing the window switch in the up position. If you do then I would try this while pushing the window switch to the up position tap on the window motor with a hammer a lot of the time you can get the motor to go up. Let me know if it work's if it doesn't then we will try something else.
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Monday, August 30th, 2010 AT 8:01 PM
Tiny
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Nope, did not work.

I think the motor is dead. So the question is, what is the best way to raise the window and keep it up.

I can unseat the window and tape it in place. Or I can remove the cover from the motor, so it will release and I can raise the window back up.

But the question is, is this the best way to keep the window up.

If the motor is dead, this should be the best way to ensure the window remains up, right?

I am thinking logically here. I have been given advice to just unseat the window and tape it in place, but that seems like asking for problems.

I would think moving the entire motor would keep the window raised without fear of falling again.

Thank you.
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 8:42 AM
Tiny
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So did you make sure you had power and ground to the motor?That way you can tell if you really have a bad motor. The reason I ask is because the best and most secure way to get and keep the window up is to remove the motor and put it back in place with the window up. Only problem getting everything in the right place so the window will be all the way up will be tricky and next to impossible. Just to remove the motor you will have to remove the window regulator completely out of the door. The motor is riveted to the regulator you will to drill the old rivet's out and put new rivet's in or use bolt's and nut's to put the motor back in. If the motor is really bad I would replace it after all that work I found a motor for 26 plus shipping at www. Rockauto. Com I even have a code to take 5 percent off that. Let me know what you want to do but getting that window up is going to be hell by taking that motor off and doing it that way. Taping the window up you will end up with a broken window when it fall's.
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 11:12 AM
Tiny
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I guess I am lucky then, because I have already previously had to take my door panel off to replace the window, and my window regulator is not riveted in place.

Since mine is not riveted, I should be able to adjust the motor, get the window raised, and it should stay in place.

Knowing tape is not an option is what I though but needed verification for, thank you, and I will look into the site you suggest to replace the motor.

I need to buy a volt meter tonight to check if my central control switch is indeed dead or if I have a larger electrical problem. But since I can still control my right side mirror through the central control, I think the switch itself died soon after my window motor did.

In the end, I am just going to have to start looking for a new car and do what I can to keep this one together long enough until the purchase.

Thank you.
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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 8:36 AM
Tiny
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The window regulator's are all held in by t-40 torx screw's the window motor's are usually riveted to the window regulator that's what I was trying to tell you early but if your motor is bolted to the regulator then great. Let me know if you have any more question's.
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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 11:24 AM
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Any suggestions you can provide to help me determine if my central window control switch is dead would be very helpful.
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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 1:12 PM
Tiny
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Since you have the door apart already I would start by seeing if you were getting power and ground to the motor while you were pushing the switch in the up position I have seen way more motor's go bad then the switch's. The motor's way cheaper then the master switch I would start by checking that first.
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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 1:29 PM

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