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post #1 of 4 Old 05-03-2021, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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YJ Window Regulator Removal

I have some old full steel doors that have been neglected for decades. When driving home I was rolling my window up (which was back breaking) and about half way up there was a loud crack and it completely froze.

When I got home I took the panels off and tried to do some trouble-shooting. The crank now completely spins freely, but the window doesn't move. Pretty sure the regulator is bent, or a tooth broke or something else is off track.

I am trying to pull the regulator out but the four screws that hold it in place feel like they are welded. Nothing I use right now (aside from trying heat) will work at getting these out. I don't understand how they are so tight, it's an interior door panel sheet-metal screw...

I've attached a picture of the screws in question. Has anyone else had issues getting these out? They are Phillips head screws, and I haven't stripped them out yet, thankfully, but man they are impossible to turn out. Can I fix this without taking the regulator out? It feels like the teeth just aren't lining up, or something is off track when cranking the window crank.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-03-2021, 03:33 PM
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My regulator only had the four screws, not the lower 5th one. The only thing holding the window up is the regulator, so if the teeth are mis-aligned, I would assume the window would have fell down inside the door. Either way, you have to detach the regulator from the window, and remove the window, before you can remove the regulator.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-04-2021, 05:46 PM
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That’s an awesome thread^^^^

Did the cup that retains the operator shaft bum out? Also, if the tracks come loose that can bind things up.

[size=3]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
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Heat was the answer.

I got them out with a torch. Now that I have it out it looks like the crank mechanism is either off it's track or the spline broke, something isn't right. It just makes a clicking sound every time I crank it, and it stays on the same tooth. The crank mechanism is riveted in. I ordered a replacement part and will be installing it instead of the original.

When I broke it trying to roll up my window, I'm pretty confident something cracked.
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