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Old 09-18-2012, 10:01 PM
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window cable regulator motor remove replace DIY

so when ever I pulled the outside door handle, I would hear a groaning/ creeking noise and the window would not dip down when opening and closing the door.

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr


I diagnosed the problem as a stretched window cable and bought a new one from Sunset. In the pic above, you can see that the window pane was on dipping into the body channel.

Here we go:

1- disconnect battery

2- insert trim removal tool and pop off door panel

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

5- remove one screw under door map lid and 2 long bolts under door pull

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

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6- pop off "airbag" tag and remove screw deep inside

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7- remove triangular side mirror piece by pulling medially and then superiorly

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8- push door panel vertically/ superiorly- careful since wires still attached to inside of panel

9- disconnect wires to courtesy lights

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

10- I didn't want to disconned whole latch mechanism so I just set door panel off to side- still connected however

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr
 
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:10 PM
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11- remove door speaker box

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12- remove hex nut at top left quadrant of door

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13- remove hex nut at top right quadrant of door

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14- remove 2 hex nuts from underneath door

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15- remove 3 hex nuts at window motor housing

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16- loosen power cable to window motor

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17- remove top window felt- just pull straight up

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:24 PM
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18- loosen screws at window clips- note- top bolt is for window cable attachment- hidden screw behind metal is where window clip is located- there's 2- one forward and one aft

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

19- pull window straight up and out of internal window clips

20- unbolt window cable apparatus from window motor- three long bolts

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21- remove window cable vertically through window slit at top of door- may help to remove window holding clips completely- don't scratch the paint!

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

22-put in new window cable through top window slit- remember it is installed in an "X" configuration- may need to remove window clips for it to slip in

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

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23-reconnect window clips and window motor to window cable apparatus

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:33 PM
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24- reconnect window motor combo to door via three bolts and nuts

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

25- reconnect window cable to door via two nuts at bottom of door and two at top

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26-reinstall window felt

27- reattach window clips to cable and then slid in window into interal clips

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

28-put speaker box back in

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29- reconnect wires for lighting


30- put door panel back on- start at top of door and push panel inferiorly until white plastic prongs line up with holes in door

Window regulator RR by smistry007, on Flickr

31- put in 2 long bolts into door pull and one small screw into airbag hole

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32- tap door panel gently into place and replace trim

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33- reconect battery and test window

34- boast to neighbors, friends, wife or anybody else who will listen, how you just saved yourself some $$ and again proved yourself a bad *** DIY mo fo!

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Thanks a lot for this very well done DIY!
 
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Awesome writeup! Looks to be alot of room to work in the door compartment compared to some other cars (where you need the hands of a child to get at some of the components)
 
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That's a great DIY !! The window regulators are usually a pain to get out and you made it look easy. Thank you for the post.
 
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Thanks for the write-up. You made an intimidating DYI look like just about anyone with basic mechanical skills could do the work.

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If I pay for the plane ticket would you come down and do it for my 996?
 
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What a great step-by-step DIY! One thing I noticed is that you removed the window regulator from the top. When I did mine a couple months ago, I was able to remove the window regulator from the bottom with the motor still attached. I think you have much less chance of scratching the paint if you do it that way.
 
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Thanks

Great DIY. Tomorrow's project with much more confidence than without this DIY.
 
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groan creak, scrapey sound

I am experiencing a similar sound, but mine occurs throughout the range of up/down. It came on suddenly. Everything was working fine and suddenly this noise. I was actually affraid the glass was getting scratched. It wasn't, but the noise is bad and the window won't go up and down properly -- when trying to put it up, it goes up a bit, seems to bind, and then comes back down, probably because it thinks it is getting resistance aka someone's hand or head in the path of the window. If I help pull the window up, it will come all the way up. Do you think this is a stretched cable, or somehthing needing adjustment or something (i.e., regulator motor) needing replacement.

Anyone been there done that?
 
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Cable

So, I pulled mine out and the blue plastic cable housing going into the spooler had broken off and gone into the spooler, causing it to bind up.

OP, you mention that you replaced your stretched cable. Did you buy a whole new regulator frame and spool without the motor, or just replace the cable. As is often the case with Porsche, they tend not to sell the little part that is broken, but require that you replace the whole assembly. I found part # 996-542-076-04-M100 for $230, but that' the whole assembly with new spooler, rails, pulleys, cable, etc. All for a two dollar part.

Is there a separate part number for just the cable?
 
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So, I pulled mine out and the blue plastic cable housing going into the spooler had broken off and gone into the spooler, causing it to bind up.

OP, you mention that you replaced your stretched cable. Did you buy a whole new regulator frame and spool without the motor, or just replace the cable. As is often the case with Porsche, they tend not to sell the little part that is broken, but require that you replace the whole assembly. I found part # 996-542-076-04-M100 for $230, but that' the whole assembly with new spooler, rails, pulleys, cable, etc. All for a two dollar part.

Is there a separate part number for just the cable?
The el-cheapo plastic round cable guide failed on my car. From what I am reading there is no way to replace the $1 part and I'm saddled with the entire assy 996-542-076-04 which I suspect is well over $230 4 years later (I'm afraid to check).
 
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OP....thanks for not using photobucket....
 

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