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Old 01-18-2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, a few months ago i was installing a remote starter with keyless entry so i was getting to my power lock wires by appart the door ( i figured i'd see if i could help my slow rollling window). so I get in the door (remove the handle/ disconnect wires for its lamps and locks and window switch wires) and with all the shell of the door off i reconnect my power window switch so i can roll the window up and down and see why its so slow.

I look at the part of the window mechanism that rides along the track on the rear side of the door. i notice that the part of the mechanism tha trides the metal track would be a likely culprit since other than it, the only parts with any chance of holding back window movement is where the window meets its own slim tracks on the front and rear edge of the glass. So I clean up the big thick track to mechanism contact area and first i lube it up with a little transmission fluid ( i would have gone straight to bearing grease but i didn't have any at the time) And i noticed it did help. so i went and bought some decent quality wheel bearing grease (i bought some valvoline that came in a gold can because i THOUGHT it would be clear /tan grease but instead it was black grease). It nevertheless did a great job and after lubing the whole thick rail and the mechanism that rides it the window rolls up at what must be TWICE as fast! And that may be a conservative estimate. It used to take 10 - 15 seconds (at worst) to raise my driver'* window, now its 4-5 consistently. (i only said twice as fast because sometimes my pre-lubed window would take 10 seconds to from down to up when the whether was dryer..)

So if you're ever in there anyways go for it, it'* well worth it! get a good amount of grease in there, i used a screw driver to get grease as far along the track as i could. I also went ahead and lightly lubed up the front and rear thin rails that the glass mounts to which I mentioned earlier. I did this just to make sure i didn't ever later say "i should have gone ahead and done that too".

Lots of luck guys, ask questions if you have any.

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Good advice..... I'm going to have to try it.
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another good one to help out the windows (especially on cars this old with stock felt/rubber surrounds) is silicon spray ...if your unsure of exactly which kind to get go to your local GM dealership and ask what they use..and if you can releive them of a can of it (if it'* not astronomically overpriced)

the silicon spray is also great for the inner door rubber trim if you live in places where it gets sub zero... really helps solve that frozen closed door in the morning thing


I definatly will be doing both what I mentioned above and the GREAT thing mentioned in this thread soon on my windows... my drivers is so bad.. if the cars not running it'll actually stop before it'* rolled up I can hear the window groaning against the moulding too...
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another good one to help out the windows (especially on cars this old with stock felt/rubber surrounds) is silicon spray ...if your unsure of exactly which kind to get go to your local GM dealership and ask what they use..and if you can releive them of a can of it (if it'* not astronomically overpriced)

the silicon spray is also great for the inner door rubber trim if you live in places where it gets sub zero... really helps solve that frozen closed door in the morning thing


I definatly will be doing both what I mentioned above and the GREAT thing mentioned in this thread soon on my windows... my drivers is so bad.. if the cars not running it'll actually stop before it'* rolled up I can hear the window groaning against the moulding too...
haha thats how my back passenger window is. i should try it
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Yeah, mine are horrible. It takes about 45 seconds to get one window up.. 30 if I use the master switch, AND the switch on the door [tells me there is a major current loss somewhere].


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