Last post on Oct 18, 2009 at 12:24 AM
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GMC Safari, Chevrolet Astro, Electrical, Van
#19 of 28 Re: changing window motor on Safari [2hawks]
Apr 21, 2009 (9:12 pm)
Some people rely on a saws-all or a big hammer to fix just about anything... that's great for a home remodel job but not so great for other types of repairs. The reason it might take someone so long to take a door panel off might be because they didn't use the correct tool. For a whopping $6.00 you can buy a door trim removal tool and have the door panel off in less than five minutes without damaging the door trim. If someone wants to try to tear a door panel apart using a pry bar or whatever, well, have at it. For 6 bucks though, most folks would probably agree that the door trim tool is a worth while investment. It will save you some time and frustration. As far as the junk yard window motor goes, I might go that route next time myself. It cant be any worse than the last two crappy motors I got saddled with.
#20 of 28 Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro
May 20, 2009 (7:56 am)
I have had a problem with my drivers side window not coming up after it has been opened. It opens and closes fine but occasional after it has opened it will not close. It will go up an inch or so then stop. If I wait for a few minutes and try it again it will again move up a little bit and then stop. Eventually I will be able to get it up all the way but it takes quite a few attempts. It doesn't always happen, like the times I have taken it in to the GM dealership, and it of course works fine. The dealership said they looked at the system and says it works fine. It is now off warranty and it still happens and I am afraid to open the window when I go to a car wash for fear that I am unable to get the window closed. It is also a pain when it is raining or -40 below outside. I have had to manually stop the vehicle and pull on the window to assist it up at times and this seems to work. Can anyone help with my problem? Thanks Bob
May 31, 2009 (5:44 am)
I OWN A 1995 SAFARI VAN. I AM TRYING TO FIND AND PURCHASE A PASSENGER SIDE (RIGHT SIDE) POWER WINDOW SWITCH. THE ONE I NEED IS A SINGLE SWITCH, IN IT'S OWN BLACK PLASTIC BEZEL. ALL I CAN FIND ON THE INTERNET IS THE DOUBLE SWITCH FOR THE DRIVERS SIDE DOOR. IT SEEMS THAT ALL THE DEALERS CARRY THE DOUBLE SWITCH, BUT NO ONE HAS THE PASSENGER SIDE SWITCH. ANYBODY HAVE ANY ANSWER . HELLO OUT THERE. THANKS, JOHNDEE
#22 of 28 Re: Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro [rab23465]
May 31, 2009 (7:57 am)
It sounds like you may have either a stripped gear, or a shot in the motor. I would try to locate a used window motor and replace it. not sure where you are, but around here you can get them all day long for around 30 bucks used.
They are not that hard to change out, first time may have to drill out the rivets, and replace them with some self tapping metal screws.
#23 of 28 Re: johndee [johndee]
May 31, 2009 (7:58 am)
I haven't had to replace that one yet (crossing fingers), but you should be able to find one at most junk yards.
#24 of 28 Re: Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro [rab23465]
Sep 14, 2009 (4:57 pm)
Did you ever find out what the problem was with your window? I have the same exact problem with the driver and passenger windows. If I roll them all the way down it takes forever to get them back up. Everything you described is what happens to me.
#25 of 28 Re: Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro [jennshephard]
Sep 14, 2009 (7:35 pm)
I finally figured out it was the motor, there were gears slipping in the housing, I replaced the motor and it has worked fine ever time.
ps. I found a used motor at the junk yard for 20 bucks and it wasn't that hard to replace.
#26 of 28 Re: Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro [jennshephard]
Sep 14, 2009 (7:58 pm)
I have not fixed it as yet, but it is becoming more annoying all the time. It doesn't always stick but seems to at the worst times like when you are going into a car wash and have to put the window down to get the ticket. I just patiently keep pushing the button and it goes up a little at a time and finally get it all the way up. Have you fixed yours?
#27 of 28 Re: Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro [2hawks]
Sep 14, 2009 (7:59 pm)
How did you remove the pannel and do you need a special tool? Thanks Bob
#28 of 28 Re: Drivers side window not working properly 2002 Astro [rab23465]
Oct 18, 2009 (12:24 am)
I also have the same exact problem with both of my Astros (95&'01)...very agonizing! to say the least!!! I have lived with this prob for many years on the '95 and because I am retired on a fixed income I cannot afford (yet) to get them fixed as dealer wants too much $$$. I recently bought the '01 (LS with leather seats and 62k miles-- real nice!) but the left door window quit working (going UP) a month after i bought it. I'll look into fixing it following the suggestions on this forum and maybe with the help of my son (a Cessna mechanic) we can "get 'er done!). LOL