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Old 06-19-2003, 01:14 AM   #1
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Are the windows on these cars slow for a reason. I figured it had something to do with the age and maybe needing new motors but now i'm not sure after test driving a 1992 Park Avenue with just as many miles on my car the windows go up and down twice as fast as mine. Is there something I can do to make these windows move faster without replacing the motors? Does something need to be lubricated or anything else I should check. I'd really like my windows to open faster without causing a scene trying to get them down.
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these windows seem to use some sort of tape drive system to raise and lower the windows... i've never seen this system, but i would guess that the drive motor has either become weak or, the "belt" has become stretched, try lubricating the window guides front and back
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Yeah mine in my 88le are pretty slow especially the passenger front one. Also the plastic clip the holds the window to the back of the frame broke the day before I went on a 2000 mile trip last summer. For some reason nobody has the piece i need.
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Mine are pretty slow, but I don't mind, I've gotten to the point..if it aint broke...don't touch it
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that "hel!" brand had the plastic window retainer when i was looking for it, got all 8, have put them all in as needed, drivers side window was "broken" when i got the car, hicks around here had no idea how it was supposed to work
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They work fine as long as it'* not freezing outside, then I have to force my windows to go up or down because they get frozen. So hopefully I'll be good for all summer. Besides as long as the AC continues to work I'll keep the windows up anyways.
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you will need to tear apart you door panels for this, but clean out all the old grease fromt he window tracks, and install new white lithium grease. (or is it graphite??) I don't remember... it'* one of those two though. lol. anyway, this will speed up your windows a lot. The old grease gets gunked up and the windows don't work well, i've doen this on my LeSabre plenty of times . you can also put the grease on the window regulator. (the 'belt' some of you described. )
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My drivers side front window was all jacked up. the window would go down at an angle but wasnt off track. there was some plastic piece that was in the windowside and held it in place but it fell off and f'eed it all up. The window never worked right anyway. It would go down a little ways and then click like it hit a dead end. did the same thing going up My pass. side front was EXTREMELY SLOW!!! sometimes on the way up it would stop and you'd have to go down a little ways and up and back and forth and so on so forth. my rear windows worked great!
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Yea my passenger window is super slow. I thought it was because this shady mechanic fixed it when I first got it, but now it seems like a common thing. So just add some lithium grease?
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i personally, would have to side with usage, not age. if you have a 10 year old car, and only roll the windows down once a month, they would probably go up as fast as a new car. do the same to a car that has the windows rolled up and down for 10 years, i think the motor would get a little tired. wouldnt you get tired?
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