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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-22-2011 Thread Starter
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2001 V6 Mustang-power window died

My drivers side window died, unfortunately in the down position. 01', V6, 3.8 coupe. It was working fine and although it should have no effect on it after I washed it I put both windows down wet so I'm guessing maybe something shorted. My first goal is to get the sucker back up so I can at least lock the car, secondly I guess I'm going to have to take the door panel off and don't know the procedure. I don't know what I'll find but I may also have to take the motor out if it's not working. So, my first question is just getting the window up, I can at least secure the car that way, second, how to remove the panel and third the motor for replacing. I'm assuming the passenger motor is not reversible...

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This is a very common problem with the SN95 cars. The window motor is going bad.(most of the time its the brushes) Open and close the door a couple of times then try closing the window. Must of the time they will start working again, but thier time is short. After you get the window up' the next time only lower it about 3/4 of the way so if it gets stuck again you can help pull it up.

Replacing the motor is about a 5 on the scale of 1 to 10

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ya my cars windows dont work most of time i just leave them up. My passenger window is reallymessed up.I had it rigged just to stay up.

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I paid to have my passenger side window motor replaced while in college about 4 years ago. I'd do it myself now that I have time & the know-how.

Removing the door panel is pretty easy though. If you have a panel remover (car stereo install tool), wedge it into the top of the plastic panel that houses your window switches. Wiggle it gently until you can get fingers in there to pull it up & out. Unscrew the 2 screws holding the up/down window control switches to this panel. Also unsnap the connector housed behind your LH/RH side-mirrors control switch. Now you can completely remove this first panel.

There will be 1-2 long phillips head screws hidden behind this panel that secures the door panel to the door frame. Find & unscrew these screws.

Next, remove the plastic panel surrounding the interior door latch. Open the door from the inside & while holding the latch in the open position, push on the plastic panel form the inside until it pops out (insert fingers through the opening left by the window switch bezel that was removed earlier.

Next, unscrew the door-lock pin (turn counter-clockwise) at the top of the door.

Finally, grab the entire interior door panel. Lift up & pull out towards yourself with a lil bit of force. The entire panel should come off exposing your front speaker, door lock actuator, & window motor.

Buttoning it all back up is a lil bit of a PITA only because there are multiple tabs at the bottom of the door/panel that need to be aligned for the panel to line up correctly (this is why you had to pull up & out for removal). Once these tabs are aligned & snapped back into place, the panel will snap back on securely & will maintain a flush appearance. Reverse the steps for removal to re-install the remaining panels, switches & door lock pins.

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Thanks, I got it apart ok. Theres a little problem with the alignment though, having put it back together. Something didn't snap for some reason. With the door open, if you look into the hinged area it is misaligned meaning between the panel not snapped in somehow to the door. Fortunately it isn't visible unless you get your head in there and look. As for the motor and window I tried my best to get it up but gave up and decided to go ahead and get a new motor the next day and when I got in that morning it worked fine. But I'm taking that as a warning and not messing with it more than an inch or two down so as not to be stuck with it down in the rain or having to leave it unlocked etc.... thanks for the instructions. Oh, I never did figure how to disconnect the mirror switch.
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