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Unread 07-23-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
bolowbc
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Window not moving (clicking noise only)

My front driver side window is not responding to my controls (all other windows work fine). I did some brief google searching and some say to remove door panel and check for frayed wires.

Assuming that doesn't fix the issue, how do I figure out if it the motor or the regulator needs replacing? I know some people report a plastic piece on the regulator breaking.

Thanks.

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Unread 07-23-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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If the plastic rollers on the regulator have broken, the regulator will still move, it just won't slide the window up and down correctly. The rollers slide in a slot on the bottom of the window and on the door. Normally, when one of the rollers cracks, the window will not go up straight, but it will move some.

If you take the door panel off and leave the switch connected, you can try to raise the window and you will see pretty easily if the motor is moving the regulator. The regulator is a big metal "X" with the motor attached to one of the legs of the "X".

Do the other three windows work from the switch on the driver's door? Is the clicking noise coming from the door or from behind the dash (relays)?
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Unread 07-23-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Ah, thanks Kingr98. That makes sense regarding the regulator/motor. I forgot to mention, this is a '98 too.

All three other windows work from the switch on the driver's door. I just checked the noise, and it seems to come from behind the door switch.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #4
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If the other windows work from the switch on the drivers door, I would guess that it is either the wire that goes from the drivers door module or the motor regulator. If you remove the panel, you can unplug the power window motor and use a multimeter on the switch side of the connector to see if you have voltage when you push the button. If you do have power there, the issue will be the motor/regulator.

They are not difficult to remove, only a little awkward. Use painter's tape to hold up your glass. The motor will have four bolts, two need to be removed and two loosened. On the bottom of the glass are two "slides" that the rollers move back and fourth in. They have to be unbolted. Then there are two bolts holding the bottom slide to the door that needs to be removed. From that point, it is a matter of trying to figure out how to manipulate it out of the hole in the inside of the door.

Do not try to remove the regulator from the motor without being ready for a VERY strong spring throwing things all over your garage (ask me how I know). I got a replacement regulator with motor from the jy. I did not need the motor, but it was easier just to put it in as a unit.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #5
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Sometimes mostly on back doors rather than fronts. Fronts seem to be used more . But back windows that don't get used the grease in the motors stick them and they don.t work . So some times you can pull the door panel off have someone hold the switch down and hit the motor with a hammer to jar the brushes loose every thing goes back to work . I even had one wiper motor that I fixed this way. It ran the rest of the time I owned that truck. And old MEchainic would also have some one hold the switch down an he'd just slam the door about 20 times. He fixed several that way.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 10:33 PM   #6
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I had a dead window motor on the 4.0 a month or so ago.. front passenger side.. oddly enough it caused all my windows to go haywire and not work anymore using the bottons on the doors.. After I replaced the motor all the windows now work.. Im not saying this could be your problem but it was for me
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Unread 04-29-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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Sometimes mostly on back doors rather than fronts. Fronts seem to be used more . But back windows that don't get used the grease in the motors stick them and they don.t work . So some times you can pull the door panel off have someone hold the switch down and hit the motor with a hammer to jar the brushes loose every thing goes back to work . I even had one wiper motor that I fixed this way. It ran the rest of the time I owned that truck. And old MEchainic would also have some one hold the switch down an he'd just slam the door about 20 times. He fixed several that way.
Yahoo, thanx papitt, bought my ZJ in January, when i bought it the rear driver side window was loose and would slide down, must have been off the tracks, and the motor was not working to close or open it, the switch on the back door for the window would click when pushed but the motor would not engage, took off the door panel, removed the motor and regulator assembly together, and was about to get another one when i decided to try the above idea, i turned the vehicle on so the electronic stuff would work ie turned key backward , pushed down on window switch at rear door and started banging on the motor with my ratchet, after 5 or 6 smacks, voila, the motor started to work, put the assembly of modulator and motor back in, set window snugly into tracks of regulator, bolted up, put panel back on, now works like a charm, thanx so much for the idea


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Unread 04-29-2014, 08:19 PM   #8
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COOL Ain't it great to get to fix something for FREE.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 05:04 PM   #9
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yes it is, thanx again Papitt
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