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Thread: Driver Side Window Problem
- 09-14-08, 10:04 AM #1
Driver Side Window Problem
I have an ;04 and the other day I started having a problem with my driver side window. When I roll it down from being fully closed, it makes a sound like something is rattling around in the door panel.
But the operation of the window seems to be fine. It rolls down smoothly and at the right speed but just makes this horrible sound.
I can also tell you that it rolls up wihout any incident at all. In fact, I can roll it up to just about any point and roll it back down and nothing happens. I can even roll it up to about the last half inch then roll it back down and again no unusual noises.
The only time it makes this sound is if I roll it up fully (it makes that last little push before it stops) and then back down. I'm assuming that when the window is at the top of it's travel that something in the mechanism is somehow out of whack.
I spent about 30 seconds looking at the door panel and decided that I may screw up the removal and never get it back together again.
Any suggestions about what may be wrong and does anyone have any instuctions on how to remove and reinstall the door panel?
- 09-14-08, 11:53 AM #2
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- 09-14-08, 12:24 PM #3
I think my best bet is to take the door panel off and see what's up. I work at a place that has a gate for access and I do roll it down at least twice a dya. That shouldn't be overuse but you never know.
- 09-14-08, 01:59 PM #4
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You might try a window adjustment, something may have come loose, not that bad for the average owner to do.
The rear tip in adjusters for the windows are located right behind the red reflectors on the door panels. You DO NOT have to remove the door panel to get to it. The reflector is held in by two tabs at the top and a spring steel clip at the bottom. Pry up from the bottom carefully to remove it and gain access to the rear tip-in adjustment screw. Check to see if it is tight, back off the lock nut (10 mm) and turn adjusting threaded rod (4 mm hex head) ccw to increase tip-in, cw to decrease. No need to hold the 18mm window regulator pulley inside the door.
The rubber grommet under the door at the rear gives access to the aforementioned 18mm, and a height adjuster (with the window rolled down).
Front tip-in and height adjustment is under the rubber grommet at the front. Similar to the rear, but entire assembly slides transversely with the body of the car. You'll see the slot and see what I am trying to say in words. Check it to see if it's tight.
Go easy on the adjustments if that is what it needs and plan on making more the one attemp to correct the problem. No problem if you go at it with some caution.
Good luck and let us know how it worked out for you.
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- 09-14-08, 07:23 PM #5
Good advice I'll give it a shot tomorrow night. Don't have time tonight. I.m ok at doing some mechanical work but I've never liked removing door panels. This is what I was looking for.
I'll write back as soon as I try it. I hope it works, it'll make my day
- 09-15-08, 11:48 AM #6
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To remove doorpanel there is a hard plastic cover behind the door pull that needs to be popped out. Pust a screwdriver from the bottom of the cover in the middle there is one clip and then one in each corner. They may break. Remove two screws and pull the bottom of the panel out, feeling for the clips and prying out - gently. Lift the panel upward. See what you can see.
Or, call one of the mobile window repair companies. Auto trim shops also may do this work and auto glass businesses.
- 09-16-08, 03:18 PM #7
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You might check to see if the bottom bolt of the regulator is backed out, it happened to me.
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