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Old 11-02-2007, 05:20 PM   #1
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Well , it finally happened... while driving, the rear passenger window opened on its own. The cable is obviously no longer attached

I have read a bunch of posts so I understand how to fix it.

My questions are:

1) Do all four windows have essentially that same parts (so the others are just as likely to fail)?

Also, I have the capability to make a much more robust plastic part with what ever metal reinforcement may be required (I have a small machine shop - lathe, mill, CNC mill, surface grinder, etc).

2) If I make four of the same part, will they fit all four windows?
3) Do I need to make mirror images for right and left sides?

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The front and rear window regulators are quite similar, but there are some differences. This is a thread that shows a picture of the fronts.
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=84931
You would need to make different parts for the front and the back. The parts will fit both sides of the car, and the rears are a lot more failure prone than the fronts.
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As usual, I agree with Archon. I've replaced both my rears already, but my front windows are still factory installed ones. The only problems I ever had with my front windows was a frozen window motor. I've yet to have the front regulators fail the way that the rears do and drop open (knock on wood).
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The front and rear window regulators are quite similar, but there are some differences.
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You would need to make different parts for the front and the back. The parts will fit both sides of the car, and the rears are a lot more failure prone than the fronts.
THANKS! I just knew you would have the answers to my questions

It looks like I'll make some more robust parts for both rear windows. I have to disassemble the front passenger door to fix a leak, so while I'm at it, I will investigate the window regulator there too...
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Just happened to me today. :( Printing the how to as i type this.
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Just my 2 cents, but a piece of pvc piped worked just fine for me on my rear window regulator.....damn it anyway!!!
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That can work quite well for those who do not care whether or not the back windows work.
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Just my 2 cents, but a piece of pvc piped worked just fine for me on my rear window regulator.....damn it anyway!!!
I think that'* the route I'm going if they ever fail again. They 'shouldn't' with the new designed regulators, but if the do, forget it. I think I've used the rear windows less than half a dozen times since I got the car...
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For a temporary fix i got these hose clamps at Home Depot called "Ideal Clamps", They're just a hose clamp with a thumbscrew which is nice because between holding the window ALL THE WAY up and tightening the normal hose clamp with an 8mm socket It'* a little tight for room in that door. I just need to get my brother to help me hold the window up and i'm going to put one of these thumbscrew clamps in until i get some motivation to take the regulator out. Is there a how to on getting the regulator out? i have the howto for the regulator fix printed out but im not sure if i want to tackle pulling it from the door. Is it that hard?
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