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HELP!-Olds Window Problem


SM 2003
Full Member
Jun 18, 2002
Fairview, TN
My wife just called to inform me that the passenger side window in her 2000 Olds Alero...dropped. She'd had the windows down and when she was rolling them up she said it went up about 2 inches, then just fell down into the door. Is this something I can fix tonight? Has anything like this happened to anyone else? The 36k warrenty just ran out within the last 2 months (of course).

Any help would be greatly appreciated. :cry:
Sounds like a broken window regulator...fancy word for linky thingy mechanism that lifts window when connect to window motor thingy...


This is something that has happened to me, but not on an Oldmobile. Same deal though. Unless you want to take your door apart and replace the broken part(s), you'll have to take it somewhere. The pain probably isn't in fixing the window, but rather in taking the door panel off without breaking clips, etc.

BTW, you are aware that there are count-down timers on the window assemblies that cause them to break shortly after 36K mi., right? ;)

$150-200 for American car if I had to guess.
It could have just fallen off of track.

Cost = $0 ;D

I always try the cheapest/easiest/smartest route first.
See if you can get the problem diagnosed, then buy the parts through the CAFCNA sponsors.... (y)

I wish I had known about gmpartsdirect and Delillo when my Grand Am's waterpump failed. Could have saved some bucks.... :6:
Oh man... I hate to be the one to break it to ya'. The olds is gone. Just let it go with dignity as a trade in on another AV. ;)
This is good stuff. The dealer wasn't going to be able to do anything until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest. I may try to take the door pannel off later this weekend and see what's going on in there. We may end up taking it to the dealer for a busted door pannel and a screwed up window.

Oh well, at least I'll try. You guys give me confidence.
Thanks for that TSB info, is there a way to tell if that was a recall issue?
You should be able to take the door panel off. ?Just be careful. ?Go to an auto parts store and look up the 'how to' in a Chilton's or Hayne's manual (it you don't want to buy it). ?They're not as good as factory manuals, but may help with where the hidden fasteners are. ?Some applications use one-time clips - designed to break when removing the panels and to be replaced with new.

Good luck.
Well I'm proud to report that I fixed this myself. I found what part I needed from a local dealer and when he told me that the part was $250 (not including the labor to install), I decided to keep looking :2:. I went onto gmpartsdirect.com and they had the part and shipped it to me for $170. After having taken the door panel off to figure out what was wrong in the first place, doing it again was easy. When the part came yesterday, I had the old power window regulator out and the new one in with the door panel back on within an hour. AND ONLY ONE CUT TO MY FINGER :D. Someone said that all true auto repair is accompanied with bloodshed.
I appreciate you guys giving me a little confidence and a little knowledge and helping me to learn the resources I needed to use.
Now that I've saved all that money I can get something for the AV ;D