Installing window lift moter in 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
I just joined this forum. I'm trying to figure how to install a window lift motor in a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. Passenger side. Supposedly there is a post by DSMLVR with step by step instructions, but I don't know how to find the post out of his 500 posts. My husband is working on it, wanting me to read the Haynes manuel to him. First problem it says to pry off the light box in the door panal. He is trying, but says prying it off will break the door panal.
He is mechnically inclined, we've changed dozens of motors in all sorts of cars/trucks over the years, on the oak tree in the front yard. We aren't dumb, but this window lift motor is a REAL PAIN. Everything we try to fix on newer vechicles, generally requires another trip to town, to buy another tool.
These directions didn't really seem to apply to a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. Similar directions were in the Haynes manuel, except they were located in different spots.
To change the window lift motor, we did not have to take the retainer clips off the glass or tape the glass up. We did not have to remove any rails. There was a hunk of plastic that pulled off the moter, which wanted to twist & sidewind. We taped that with masking tape so it wouldn't come apart. 3 bolts held the motor in place. The nuts on the bolts were rubber lock tights, made to stay on permanently. The nuts stripped when taken off. We broke one small place round piece of junk that fits in a door hole.
The dealership charged $12.60 for the 3 brass/rubberized lock nuts & $5 for the retainer-doo piece of junk plastic. The window lift motor was $66.97 from Advance Auto with a limited life time warrenty, what ever that means. No place else in town had these specialized nuts. That's about a total of $85 to make the window go up & down again.
You would have been better off replacing the entire regular. The whole thing is only around $100.
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