2002 Grand Caravan Sport Power window regulator and motor replacement ?'s
Both my windows are not working so now I must try to fix them. The prices seem all over the place but this looks good? and Dorman is recommended throughout the forum.
I am simply looking for confirmation that Dorman is the way to go? I have read that some replacement parts have very low power and I don't want that, I want it to work well after the tricky process. Plus any good tips are Appreciated.
*I thought I saw a step by step picture post in this forum but now I cannot seem to locate it If anyone knows where that is please post a link. I have seen a few Youtube videos doing the complete process, I see I need lots of patience. The local garage quoted 400 for one door .. So $50 and a lot of luck will make me happy if I can do this.
Yes you can find the video on youtube. I did this on my '03 Caravan and it is not as hard as it sounds. Although after I replaced the drivers side, I disassembled the old motor and found that the brushes needed cleaning. Very easy to take the motor off and clean it if that is the problem.....
Thank you everyone. I am working on this with a friend that owns the van. Now I have a little more info. Passenger side is working like 10% of the time (for like 2 years now) so she has decided to just leave it up. So complete regulator/motor assembly is probably required on that side?
As for the driver side when you push switch up or down you can hear the motor But it sounds like it fell off the track and dropped to the bottom. It has since been pulled up and taped. So now I am not sure how to fix that? Did something "pop off" or break?
ANY ADVICE is appreciated, before I buy something that is un-necessary.
Thanks again I will be watching. Heading on a road trip next week so hoping to get them working before then
What I would suggest since the van is 10 years old is to replace both sides with complete regulator/motor assembly. It is impossible to replace individual components since they are all pressed together and work as a unit. If money is a concern, you could replace just the driver side and disassemble the motor on the passenger side to see if the motor can be serviced. When I did mine, I bought a Dorman unit, but found the motor on the new unit would not fit the regulator already on the car. Replacing the regulator is not difficult, but will take time so replacing both sides would insure you won't have to do it again real soon. Here is what helped me on youtube:
I just replaced drivers side motor and regulator that I got from Rock auto 3 days ago in a 2004 T&C. And the job really was easy after watching a video on you tube. It was harder to remove the reg than to install. Whole job took less than an hour. Good luck!
Well we got the one side done It was "simple" but trickyyy Biggest problem was the 3 rubber nuts holding it on. I borrowed a neighbor and his Brute force strength Not sure I can do that this time. Does anyone know the secret tool to remove these nuts. Thanks for all you help
They are called "well nuts". I just use a pair of pliers to grab the backside. They usually get trashed. The last two assemblies I've installed came with new nuts anyway. Hope that's true for all new reg assemblies. I've read some trash them and just install regular bolts and nuts. In the past I've bought well nuts at Lowes for less than half the price the dealer wanted for them.
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hey cdnjan i replaced my pass side and i saw the video on you tube, it kinda easy, as far as the nuts, if you can get a flat screw driver to wedge between the nut and hold it while using a the ratchet, your good to go, then drill out the rivets, the only thing is twisting and turning to get the tracks out and back in, do one side at a time. and use some wood when you loosen the nuts from the bracket that holds the window, if u can find a harbor freight they sell these suction cup things that you can clamp onto the window to keep it from sliding down in stead of tape, their cheap also, i bought 4 of them 2 on each side of the window. watch the video real good. the whole set up should about $80.00 the doorman brand..