Most power window motors are very similar. They are about eight inches long, four inches wide and weigh two to three pounds. 12 volts DC is the typical power source. The motors employ a gear to transfer the power from the motor to the window mechanism referred to as a "window regulator". The electrical connector on each motor varies from one manufacturer to another.
The most common power window motor problem is "stalling". The motor works fine when the window is moved down, but when trying to move the window back up, the motor runs very slow or even stops completely before the glass is all the way up. Waiting a few minutes allows the motor to reset and you can then raise the window the rest of the way up. This condition is a strong indication that the motor should be replaced soon. Eventually the motor will stop working altogether.
Another common power window motor problem involves the failure of the gears inside the head of the motor. You will typically hear a "clicking" or "ratcheting" sound coming from inside the door as the motor spins but can't move the window. The "clicking / ratcheting" sound is the result of the worn gears inside the motor slipping against one another as the motor armature turns. Older window motors have gears that are repairable, but most newer window motors must be replaced when the gears fail.
The typical cost, including parts, labor and sales taxes to replace an average window motor ranges from $139 to $179. Some vehicles utilize more complicated window motors that can be more expensive.
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