Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Chatham, Illinois
Model: Ford Taurus
Engine: 3.0L 12v Vulcan V6
Rep Power: 13
Power window hard to raise, easy to lower
2002 Windstar van, 87,000 miles. Bought the car recently, driver side front power window was up all the way, wouldn't lower. I had never seen this window go up or down prior to working on it.
Replaced the old window motor with a rebuilt motor from O'Reillys. Now the window goes down enthusiastically, goes up reluctantly. Raises to half close fairly well, has difficulty from half closed to to 80% closed (stops, need to press the close window button again -- sometimes several times), then does better from 80% closed to completely closed.
The inside wall of the door moves in, towards the driver seat, as the window goes up. As the window goes down, the inside wall of the door moves towards the outside wall of the door. It's easy for me to imagine that there is some binding in play here as the window raises -- or maybe this is normal (it's the only door I've watched while the window went up and down)
I'm wondering is the metal parts (thin metal bars that form an X) have maybe warped over the years. Maybe I could push them towards the outside of the door to get them closer to lined up. Or perhaps just replace the entire regulator. Regulator (with motor) is nearly the same price as the motor I just bought. Motor seemed easier to replace, which is why I went with the motor replacement. Bad choice maybe.
I sprayed the tracks with Liquid Wrench silicone spray, and put Sil-Glyde on the large curved metal part with all the teeth. Didn't seem to make any difference.
Never worked on doors before -- Looking for ideas on how to proceed. Labor is free, parts are not.