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<p>Here is the method I have been using for the past 20 some years for replacing
power window motors in most cars. You will see it is not necessary to
drill the rivets out and completely remove the regulator assembly from the
door. The vehicle pictured in this example is a 1987 G-Body El Camino, but
you will find most power window vehicles will have similar dimples to access
power window motor bolts.</p>
<p>It is assumed you already know how to remove your door panel. Once you
have removed the upper and lower door panels, locate the three dimples in the
inner door skin near the power window motor, click photos to enlarge:</p>
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<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0021.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0021_small.JPG" alt="PICT0021.JPG (57431 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center">Dimple here about 1 inch forward of the upper inner regulator
plate rivet.</p>
<p align="center"> </p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0020.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0020_small.JPG" alt="PICT0020.JPG (55678 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center">Dimple here about 1 inch forward of the lower inner regulator
plate rivet.</p>
<p align="center"> </p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0016.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0016_small.JPG" alt="PICT0016.JPG (49068 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center">Notice this isn't actually a dimple, but a raised area about
the size of a quarter.</p>
<p align="center">Use the picture below as reference for the three places to
drill.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0029.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0029_small.JPG" alt="PICT0029.JPG (73758 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"> </p>
<p align="left">Once you have located where to drill, use a 1 inch hole saw and
drill out the two dimples and the one raised area.<br>
You should now be able to see all three window motor mounting bolts.
Sometimes the dimples are not exactly center so you may have to use a
screwdriver or something similar to enlarge you holes so that you can get your
socket on the bolt heads.</p>
<p align="left">Before loosening the bolts, you will need to support the window
glass/regulator so that it will not fall while you remove the motor...this could
really hurt. I usually use a screwdriver like this to support the
regulator.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0024.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0024_small.JPG" alt="PICT0024.JPG (58593 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"> </p>
<p align="left">Don't forget to unplug the electrical connector from the motor.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0025.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0025_small.JPG" alt="PICT0025.JPG (50349 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0022.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0022_small.JPG" alt="PICT0022.JPG (64220 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0023.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0023_small.JPG" alt="PICT0023.JPG (58365 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"> </p>
<p align="left">With the glass supported, you are now ready to remove the three
bolts and swap out the motor.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0026.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0026_small.JPG" alt="PICT0026.JPG (61942 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"> </p>
<p align="left">I use this style OEM replacement window motor, it has mounting
bracket that allows it to be used on either left or right side of the car, and
also fits several other applications.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0027.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0027_small.JPG" alt="PICT0027.JPG (61132 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="center"><a href="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0028.JPG"><img border="2" src="https://www.elcaminocentral.com/d2/articles/windows/PICT0028_small.JPG" alt="PICT0028.JPG (62815 bytes)" width="100" height="75"></a></p>
<p align="left"> </p>
<p align="left">Now you are ready to reinstall your new motor! Remember to
plug the connector to the motor before you bolt the motor in.<br>
Once you have the new motor installed, remove the screwdriver supporting the
regulator and plug your switch in and test the motor before reinstalling your
door panels.</p>
<p align="left">Hope this helps the next time you replace a motor.</p>
<p align="left"> </p>
 

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Thanks to Robert, aka acauth1

Here is the method I have been using for the past 20 some years for replacing
power window motors in most cars. You will see it is not necessary to
drill the rivets out and completely remove the regulator assembly from the
door. The vehicle pictured in this example is a 1987 G-Body El Camino, but
you will find most power window vehicles will have similar dimples to access
power window motor bolts.
It is assumed you already know how to remove your door panel. Once you
have removed the upper and lower door panels, locate the three dimples in the
inner door skin near the power window motor..

Dimple here about 1 inch forward of the upper inner regulator
plate rivet.


Notice this isn't actually a dimple, but a raised area about the size of a quarter.



Use the picture below as reference for the three places to drill.

Once you have located where to drill, use a 1 inch hole saw and
drill out the two dimples and the one raised area.
You should now be able to see all three window motor mounting bolts.
Sometimes the dimples are not exactly center so you may have to use a
screwdriver or something similar to enlarge you holes so that you can get your
socket on the bolt heads.
Before loosening the bolts, you will need to support the window
glass/regulator so that it will not fall while you remove the motor...this could really hurt.
I usually use a screwdriver like this to support the regulator.


Don't forget to unplug the electrical connector from the motor.





I use this style OEM replacement window motor, it has mounting bracket
that allows it to be used on either left or right side of the car, and
also fits several other applications.


Now you are ready to reinstall your new motor!
Remember to plug the connector to the motor before you bolt the motor in.
Once you have the new motor installed, remove the screwdriver supporting the
regulator and plug your switch in and test the motor before reinstalling your
door panels.
Hope this helps the next time you replace a motor.
 

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Hey while we're on this topic I've wondered for some time now if those regulators could be lubricated if the problem is lube slowing down the speed in which they function.Or is the problem with regulators to do with the electrical part of them?
Now when I said lubed,my thought is could there be a known spot on the housing where one could drill a small hole so you could put a hose from a spray can such as wd-40 or chain lube.Just looking for an optional fix to maybe save us all some $$$$.Cheers
 

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Hey while we're on this topic I've wondered for some time now if those regulators could be lubricated if the problem is lube slowing down the speed in which they function.Or is the problem with regulators to do with the electrical part of them?
Now when I said lubed,my thought is could there be a known spot on the housing where one could drill a small hole so you could put a hose from a spray can such as wd-40 or chain lube.Just looking for an optional fix to maybe save us all some $$$$.Cheers
Please start another thread
So we don't have a bunch of different info on this window motor replacement thread
Thanks
 
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