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    Default Drivers rear window not working

    So here's the issue. The window worked just fine when I bought the car just under a month ago, I didn't really use it but I ran it up and down a few times since. Last Friday I noticed that it wasn't working at all, and at first I thought it might be the master switch in the drivers door. The other 3 windows work fine and both passenger windows work off both the master switch and their respective switches. When I hit the switch for the rear drivers window either in the drivers door or rear door the interior lights dim slightly, I'm not very good with electrical stuff but I assume this means power is at least getting through the switch. I can't imagine the motor just up and died without going out slowly, I don't know if it's possible for these things to over travel and get stuck or what to look for. I know the boxes were simple as I replaced the bushings in the window motors on my '88 MGM, but I'm guessing the '03 probably has a totally different set up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    if the lights dim a bit, its probably not an electrical issue. My guess is the window regulator failed somehow. The cables are somewhat known for turning into a bird nest in the jacket and jamming the whole works up.

    and yeah, totally different than the 80s stuff. They replaced the big metal rack that would flex the door with this thing that looks like a bicycle brake cable assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    if the lights dim a bit, its probably not an electrical issue. My guess is the window regulator failed somehow. The cables are somewhat known for turning into a bird nest in the jacket and jamming the whole works up.

    and yeah, totally different than the 80s stuff. They replaced the big metal rack that would flex the door with this thing that looks like a bicycle brake cable assembly.
    I figured it was the cable deal, those can be a real bear Iíve heard.


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    The front aren't so bad... the rear are a bit of a beast due to the lack of space to work. It's all the same setup though. Drill the rivets and replace with bolts or new 1/4 rivets on the new regulator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    The front aren't so bad... the rear are a bit of a beast due to the lack of space to work. It's all the same setup though. Drill the rivets and replace with bolts or new 1/4 rivets on the new regulator.
    Iíll have to look into it. As long as itís not too bad Iíll eventually get around to it. Itís the last thing to fix other than the AC, thereís a leak somewhere. Itís late enough in the year that Iíll get that next spring.


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    the hardest thing is just positioning. There's enough room, but you really gotta get stuff angled right for that room to work.

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