Power Window Repair and Replacement (Motors, Regulators, & More)

Most modern cars are equipped with power windows that roll up or down with the touch of a button. And like with all mechanical and electrical things, power windows may wear or break over time. Luckily, many of our Glass Doctor locations repair or replace power window regulators.

Need power window regulator service now? Call 833-974-0209 or request an appointment online to get started.

Our glass specialists are well-versed in handling all types of power window problems you may be experiencing. We’ll examine the issue to determine whether you require power window repair or power window replacement, and then provide an upfront final estimate before getting to work.

Our power window regulator services are fast, reliable, and affordable.  Need power window repair services now? Call 833-974-0209 or request an estimate to get the help you need with your power windows.

How Your Vehicle's Power Windows Work

A power window regulator is a mechanical apparatus that raises and lowers the window. A power window motor is needed to power the power window regulator. Without a motor, the window would need to be manually opened via a window crank.

Power window regulators and motors are housed inside a car’s doors. Out of sight and out of mind, window regulators are rarely thought of. That is, until they malfunction.

At Glass Doctor, we frequently see windows that no longer open or close properly due to a malfunctioning car window regulator, circuit problems, or malfunctioning motors.

Types of Power Window Regulators

There are two popular types of power window regulators on the market today: cable-type power window regulators and gear-drive power window regulators.

Cable-type: Cable-type systems employ durable cables and pulleys driven by an electric motor to control the motion of the window. The motor, typically situated inside the door, is connected to a gear system that translates its rotational movement into the linear motion required for the cables to move. These systems often incorporate safety features such as anti-pinch technology to enhance the overall safety of window operation.

Gear-drive: In gear-drive power windows, the motor simply drives a set of gears to convert rotational motion into linear motion. The core components of a gear-drive system typically include an electric motor, a set of gears, and a regulator mechanism. While gear-drive may be less intricate than cable-type counterparts, they aren’t immune to potential malfunctions and issues with its components can still occur over time.

The choice between cable-type and gear-drive power windows often depends on design preferences, and manufacturing considerations.

Common Causes of Power Window Failures

A variety of malfunctions can lead to power window failure – we’ll need to examine your vehicle to assess what’s wrong with yours.

A few of the issues that we frequently see here at Glass Doctor include:

  • Electrical wiring issues: Damaged or corroded wiring in the power window system can disrupt the electrical connection and prevent proper operation.
  • Window switch failure: The window switch controls the window movement. If the switch becomes faulty, it can result in power window failure.
  • Malfunctioning window regulator: The window regulator is responsible for moving the window up and down. Over time, the regulator's components may wear out, leading to operational issues.
  • Faulty window control module: In modern vehicles, a control module manages the power windows. Malfunctions in this module can lead to window failure.
  • Damaged weatherstripping: Deteriorated run channels or weatherstripping can affect the window's ability to move smoothly within the frame.
  • Damaged clips or rollers: Clips or rollers that guide the window along its track can wear out, leading to misalignment or failure.

Why Are Power Window Repair and Power Window Replacement Important?

Just like your windshield – or car door – car windows are an important part of the structure of your car and provide structural integrity to your vehicle.

Even seemingly minor issues such as slow movement or unusual noises may indicate underlying problems. For instance, a slow-moving window could be a sign of a worn-out motor or regulator, and ignoring it may lead to complete failure over time.

We highly recommend having a glass specialist inspect your power windows upon the first sign of irregularities.

Our Power Window Repair Services

As a proud Neighborly company, we’re happy to offer our Neighborly Done Right Promise® with which you can be assured your power window repair will be completed to the highest standard on every occasion. Our service glass specialists are well-versed in handling all types of power window problems, and you can rest assured that we’ll be able to quickly handle yours as well.

Power window issues we routinely fix include:

  • Squeaky or otherwise noisy sounds when rolling up or down
  • Problems raising or lowering evenly
  • Slipping or falling inside the door
  • The motor runs, but the window remains stationary
  • Abnormally slow movement when opening or closing
  • Unable to fully open or close

How To Care For Your Power Window To Prevent Issues

Though we love to see our customers, our mission is to limit how often you need to come in to visit us. We’ll do our part by providing you with the best possible repair while utilizing the highest-quality parts, but it’ll be on you to properly maintain your power windows once they leave our hands.

  1. Operating windows regularly: Use your power windows frequently to prevent them from sticking. This helps distribute lubricants within the window mechanisms and keeps the components moving smoothly.
  2. Keeping window tracks clean: Regularly clean your tracks and channels to remove dirt, debris, or any accumulation that may obstruct the window’s movement. A soft brush or compressed air can be useful for this purpose.
  3. Listening for unusual noises: Pay attention to any unusual noises such as grinding, clicking, or squeaking when operating the windows. These sounds may indicate potential issues; if you notice any, consult a glass specialist for further inspection.
  4. Applying silicone lubricant: Periodically apply a silicone-based lubricant to the window tracks, rollers, and any other moving parts. Avoid using petroleum-based products as they can attract dust and debris.

Choose Glass Doctor Power Window Repair and Replacement Services

Glass Doctor’s power window regulator services are unparalleled. Keep yourself and your passengers safe and comfortable in your car. Glass Doctor is available at over 250 locations in the United States and Canada and is ready to help you with auto glass repair when you need it.

Power Window Repair FAQs

Our service professionals have dealt with all kinds of power window problems, offering the knowledge and experience to resolve your issues, whatever they may be. Just like we’ve addressed these frequently asked questions, we’re happy to answer yours as well.

How long does it take to repair a power window?

The time it takes to repair a power window can vary depending on several factors including the underlying cause, type of vehicle, and availability of replacement parts. In general, straightforward issues such as a faulty switch or a blown fuse may be resolved relatively quickly, often within an hour or two.

How much does it cost to repair a power window?

Similarly, the cost of repairing a power window can vary significantly based on the cause of the issue, type of vehicle, and part availability. While we can’t provide a quote without assessing your window(s) in person, we can guarantee full transparency upon inspection, and that once we provide a final estimate, that’s the total price you’ll pay. There are never any hidden fees with Glass Doctor!