: ANNOYING window squeak

10-23-10, 11:05 AM
Every time I roll the front driver side window up or down it squeaks really loud. I don't believe it to be the motor or track, but rather just the glass rubbing against the weather stripping. Any recommendations? Its like nails on a chalkboard for me!!! :banghead:

10-23-10, 11:54 AM
Try cleaning your windows with Stoner's Invisible glass... You might have something nasty on the windows causing them to squeak.

10-23-10, 01:17 PM

10-23-10, 03:57 PM
I should also mention it only happens when its cold outside. It does it in the morning, but when the sun hits it for a while it goes away.

10-23-10, 07:35 PM
Subject: Front Door Window Regulator Squeak Noise When Operated (Apply Lubricant)

Models: 2007-2010 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT

2007-2010 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe

2007-2010 GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali, Yukon Denali XL


This bulletin is being revised to add the 2009-2010 model years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 07-08-64-019A (Section 08 - Body and Accessories).


Some customers may comment on a front door glass squeak when operated up or down.

There may be insufficient lubrication on the regulator rails.

Lubricate BOTH front door regulators at time of repair using the following procedure.

Remove the regulator following SI procedures.

Brush a small amount of lubricant on the entire length of both regulator rails. Refer to the illustration for lubricant location.
Cycle the door glass to verify that the noise is gone.
Reinstall the regulator following SI procedures.
Parts Information
Part Number

12371287 (in Canada, 10953437)
Lubricant, Synthetic Multi-Purpose W/PTFE

10-23-10, 08:32 PM
Nice . . . thanks Chris!

Just remove the door panel to access the rails?

10-23-10, 10:55 PM
Are there any visuals or DIYs on how to remove the door panel?? I really liked the photo how-to on how to remove the cup holder, and navigation bezel.

I have this problem too and it drives me nuts.


10-24-10, 10:55 AM
It's really easy. Remove the triangle by the mirror with a flat trim tool,remove the panel behind the inner door chrome handle, remove and discoonect the window switch, and there is a little panel where the pull handle is. Behind that there are 2 10mm blots and behind the chrome inner door handle panel is a 10mm bolt. Remove the 3 bolts. Then starting from the front upper corner of the door panel, pull the panel away from the body and work around it. Disconnect the cable for the inner door handle. Pull back the foam insulator. You will be able to see the regulator rails. I use spray white grease and this works well.

10-27-10, 11:50 AM
...you will also need to remove the lock knob by taking the little square off with a tiny pick.

10-31-10, 04:03 AM
I am getting a rattle on the driver side passenger door as well. I feel like it is coming from that black Triangle piece, vent, or pillar.

Do you think it is the same rattle listed above?

10-31-10, 08:27 AM
Make sure reveal molding around window is clipped in all the way. from the outside,make sure that it is not pulling away from window.

10-31-10, 12:02 PM
Ok, finally got around to doing this. . . here is a how-to with photos. Seems to be working better now, but the true test will be when its cold out as that is the only time my windows squeaked.









10-31-10, 02:44 PM
WOW! Chadbarronson....I can't thank you enough for this picture DIY. A million thanks bud!
One thing I have to ask is what is that picture with the little ball and pinching the two pieces together?

I was going to do it this week but I was waxing/detailing before winter comes.

10-31-10, 04:20 PM
No problem maralade. . . the picture you are asking about is the cable for the inside door handle lever. You'll see it once you start to remove the panel a little. . . it is on the inside of the door panel, right behind the lever. It almost resembles a bicycle brake / gear cable. I forgot to get a pic of it while it was still attached, but you'll see those 2 tabs you have to pinch to slide that plastic piece out of the housing which is mounted on the inside of the panel. You need to slide it towards the rear of the vehicle to remove it. Then, that cable and ball will slide up and out of the lever itself.

Good Luck & keep us posted!

10-31-10, 04:25 PM
Also, make sure you reach in, all the way to the top and bottom of both rails. And make sure your window is all the way in the up position before removing the switches or you will not be able to get to the rails, and you'll have to plug in the switches to get it back up. . . ask me how I know haha!

For what its worth, I used red bearing grease as I didn't have any white lithium grease. . . I just smeared the bearing grease on with my hands, seemed to coat it pretty good.

11-01-10, 05:15 PM
and for the window switches panel, you used a pry tool to pry it up right?

11-02-10, 08:29 AM
I just pulled it up with my hands. There are two clips that hold it down. I started in the corner where the arrow is. I'm sure a small screwdriver will do the trick also, I just didn't want to crack or 'dent' the plastic.


11-04-10, 09:32 PM
I use a pocket screwdriver for that.

03-14-13, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the info guys! That squeak was driving me nuts and I was afraid to tear the door apart and break something. I did it today with the info from here and http://www.muthco.com/epapers/21001330.pdf and used the white lithium grease that I bought a while back to try to fix it. No more squeak. I only wish I'd thought of looking at the door handle on my drivers door while I had it torn apart. I pulled on it one day when it was frozen shut and it pulled away from the door a little. I guess I'll have to take it back apart to do that sometime.

Thanks again,

03-15-13, 05:36 PM
Hey i got a problem with mine, everytime i go over a bump it will make a weird ticking noise. People keep telling me it could be a door striker. Could that be right?

07-20-15, 04:57 AM
My driver side window is squealing like a pig when going down. It's embarrassing when you come to the toll booth with an Escalade, and it makes that noise.
Seen that I had to replace the cheap plastic door handle (again) because it broke off, the mechanic checked and lubed all rails/regulators also.
The sound is however caused by the felt window sweep that seems to dry out and generates the noise.
We've tried cleaning it, and used Teflon spray, silicon spray, Vaseline ... but it all has just temporary results. After a few days the sweep dries out again and the noise is back.
Only the drivers' window generates the noise. I guess it's just another cheap part that they charge US$ 70,00 (the pair) for that needs replacement?
Can anyone help me with the correct part number for the window sweeps of a 2008 Escalade?

Guys; I'm really deluded and disappointed about the quality of a huge amount of cheap finishing; and most of these OEM parts are made in China.
Is this just my impression, or is this a global feeling of Escalade owners?

07-20-15, 12:35 PM
Just you DJ- the majority are well aware of the quirks these trucks come with.

Dig around out there, the window mole skin can be found for cheaper. Market moves as do vendors that have it.

07-21-15, 03:52 AM
Thanks Emay, I understand that it's a fact that the quality of some parts really suck, I'll have to live with it and accept as all seem to do.
Here in Italy/Spain there are only a handfull of Escalades around, and parts really cost.
Could anyone get me the correct part number of the sweeps, so I don't buy stuff that I don't need? thanks