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Old 11-04-2019, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Rear Power Window Revivals

I am fixing up a 2005 Ion that has made it through all three of my wife's kids over the past 8 years.

Neither rear power window operated. I wanted to track down the plugs to the window motors to see if the motors were getting power, and I started by removing the inside door panel on the driver side. Found the plug on the window motor, but it was damn near impossible to removed due to very cramped access.

So... I removed the exterior door panel, pulled the plug and saw that power was going to the plug, but the motor was not working. Thinking that I needed to get a replacement motor from a junkyard and had nothing to lose, I decided to give the existing motor a few whacks with a ratchet extension, then insert and remove the plug a few times to try and clean up the contacts. And, it now works!

On to the passenger side, where I skipped removing the interior panel and went straight for the exterior door panel. Power was also going to the plug on that side, so I give that motor a few whacks, then inserted and removed the plug a few times. Again, success.

Time will tell how long this fix lasts, but I did save a trip to the junkyard, a few bucks and a good bit of time. Access to the power window motor was much easier from the outside panel than through the inside panel.

Tom

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Old 11-04-2019, 05:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Rear Power Window Revivals

Congratulations on meeting qualifications for above average diyer without manuals. Apparently you're familiar with the KISS principle most people learn. I can attest to 'most' due to a work related incident where all the 'chiefs' convened in a feeble attempt to repair an expensive piece of equipment and skipping the basics. These Indians assumed they were chiefs. A single test switch was left on and disabled this equipment. It was obvious upon opening an access door. Guess who found it? Another incident left expensive equipment down for the better part of two shifts, chiefs misleading the next shift of chiefs. Guess who found that problem? Both 'problems' were self inflicted by so called trained technicians. I was never a chief, just an Indian. The simplest things are sometimes over analyzed with seemingly sound thinking but never with hands on approaches to see and observe while contemplating the repairs.

Your sharp intuition led you to try the easy things first before attempting to pull out all the stops (engineering blue prints, reader, scantool, wiring diagrams, prognostications from others, etc..

Well done. You reminded me of the two incidents. And each incident was a group effort to make a simple recovery into a disaster.

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