How to Repair a Ford Explorer Power Window Regulatorby Allen Moore
If the window in your Ford Explorer fails to go down from the up position, chances are the problem does not lie with the window regulator; it's more likely a faulty switch. However, if the window goes down suddenly on its own, or will not come back up, yet you hear a noise in the door when you push the up button, chances are you have a faulty window regulator.
Open the door and carefully remove the door panel using a socket wrench to remove fasteners in the door panel. Some fasteners are hidden behind small trim panels, denoted by small screwdriver head sized gaps where the edges meet the door panel. Carefully pry those trim panels off with the screwdriver to access the fasteners beneath. Once removed, set the door panel someplace safe to avoid damaging it or getting it dirty.
Examine the window glass and regulator inside the door. Use a flashlight to see everything clearly if necessary. Check to see if the regulator is physically broken, or no longer connected to the window glass.
Slide the window glass completely up into the window channel and use the packing tape to tape it in place. Run the tape from the inside of the glass, over the top of the door, then down onto the outside of the glass, making sure that at least 3 to 4 inches of tape adheres to the glass. If necessary, first clean the glass with a rag and glass cleaner.
Unbolt the window regulator from the inside of the door and the window glass, using the socket set. Make sure to note where it attaches for reassembly.
Carefully remove the regulator from the door and inspect it. In some instances, the regulator may be reassembled and reused, but more likely it will need to be replaced due to catastrophic failure. Ford Motor Company vendors do not offer replacement parts for regulator assemblies, so if you cannot easily correct the failure without new parts, replacing the entire unit will be your only choice.
Reinstall the regulator, if you were able to fix it, or install the replacement unit in the reverse order of the way you removed it.
Remove the packing tape and turn the key to the run position. Verify that the window moves up and down freely.
Reinstall the door panel.
Things You'll Need
- Socket set
- Small flat head screwdriver
- Packing tape
- Glass cleaner
- Clean rag
- Replacement regulator (optional)
Allen Moore's career includes awards in poetry and creative fiction, published lyrics, fiction books and nonfiction articles as well as a master certification in automotive service from the Ford Motor Company. Moore is a contributing writer for RF365.com and various other websites, a ghostwriter for Rainbow Writing and has over a dozen works of fiction currently in print.