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My Elbow was the Window Motor

March 11, 2013 - After reminiscing on the pros and cons of the old days, let’s compare that to today’s modern vehicle window opener. The handy dandy push button control to the window motor to the power window regulator is a much more elbow friendly window opening technique. Perhaps you remember the first time that you or your parents bought a car with that fancy push button in it? Do you remember thinking something like, “we’re all uptown now.” It’s okay if you do, a lot of us thought it too.

Anyway, this window motor is the master when it comes to that window going up and down. Even though the majority of vehicles probably have air conditioning nowadays, sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the breeze coming in. You also need to have well-functioning vehicle windows in the event of an emergency. So what happens if you push the button and nothing; or if you push the button and it just kind of whines at you?

Well….it’s probably time to have a window motor replaced.

The window motor is a combination of miniature moving parts all designed with one intent; the safe descent of that window glass smoothly and efficiently. The window motor is connected to several different gears that work together to bring the window up and down. There are different parts in the motor like bearings, a shaft, magnets, a commutator, and an armature, but likely you will never have to worry about that. Generally speaking, it’s easier to replace the window motor than try to rebuild it, if it breaks.

The window motor is not a really expensive part, but it is a part you’ll miss if it’s not working correctly. Remember it’s also an important safety feature in your vehicle so if it quits working, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible.

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