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Old 02-07-2007, 12:19 PM   #1
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Drivers side window problem

You know when you go to open the door, and the window slides down just a little bit on a coupe? and when you close the door the window slides up just a little bit? My drivers side isnt doing that anymore. Passengers side works fine but the drivers stoped, ended up chipping my window a little bit. anyone know how i can fix it? is it the regulator/sensor? BTW i sustained a collision to the drivers side fender area before it stopped working. any help would be appreciated
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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More than likely its the door lock actuator/mechanism in the door in which you are having the problem. Its fairly common. There is a microswitch that sees the door open and close........something is broken/jammed in this switch, so basically your GM does not see your door opening or closing.

I'd fix it quick........slam your door just the wrong way and it will hit the drip rail and shatter the glass. Pretty easy DIY for the 'basic' knowledged fella.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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I second that opinion however i would pay a shop to doa quick daig to make sure that is your problem the checkout fee they cahrge will be less than replacing the worng part once you know what is wrong you can then DIY if you choose!
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:53 AM   #4
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thanks for the help guys
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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checked the sensors and motors, everything works as it should. the window does move up and down with opening and closing the door, but the corner of the drivers window does still snag the rubber for rear drivers window... any way to configure the door to close better? right now all the gaps between doors and fenders match up perfect.. except for the whole snaging problem. it snags just a little bit, what if i were to shave off a little of the window?? haha any better suggestions?
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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There are all sorts of adjustmments to the window hight!! it is a PIA to set so everything works right and you have no window noise!!
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Old 02-14-2007, 02:20 AM   #7
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where do i go about looking to make adjustments?
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:02 PM   #8
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Sounds like you just need to move the window towards the front of the car a little.

Carefully remove the door trim on the outside of the door that houses the window in need of adjustment. Once removed, you will see a couple of slots underneath. You need an extra set of hands, unless you have a pretty good size wingspan yourself. What you need to do is move the window up and down with the window switch until the torx screws are centered in the slots on the outside of the door, so you can access them. I think the window needs to be about 5-6 inches from the bottom to get you in the ballpark.

Once you have the screws lined up, get the right e-torx socket (same as inside for coupe/converts)........I want to say its an E6 or something? Remember they are reverse threads from the INSIDE, but normal threads from the outside. Slightly loosen both bolts, and slide the glass back a SMALL amount. Tighten down the torx screws and roll the window up. Shut the door, check and adjust again as needed.
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:11 PM   #9
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thanks again my friend, you helped me install a cv boot on my rear axle. sad thing was a didnt put it back together properly haha and it seized up on me. ended up buying another one from the dealership but thanks for the tips ill give this window a try again tomarrow
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Did the procedure above worked?
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Yes sir
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