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    Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    I was thinking about going to the dealership to fix my passenger side window which gave out over time.

    but I would take it somewhere else to save some money if you guys know of places that can fix a cadillac window problem.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Look in Discussions, Cadillac Tech Tips - there are several threads on Deville "pop & drop" window problems - as well as actuator switch problems.

    If you get no joy there, try to Google "cadillac forums 1996 deville window regulator" or "cadillac forums 1996 deville window switch repair"

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    I actually dont drive a 96 deville anymore.

    I am currently driving a 2001 seville STS.

    Sorry for the confusion. Havent been on here in a while.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    There is nothing magical about Cadillac windows. Any GOOD shop should be able to do it. A dealer on the other hand knows where all the hidden screws are and has done it thousands of times before so they are less likely to screw something up.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    There is nothing magical about Cadillac windows. Any GOOD shop should be able to do it. A dealer on the other hand knows where all the hidden screws are and has done it thousands of times before so they are less likely to screw something up.
    It comes with a inflated price though. Dealership mechanics make $90.00 per hr.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    The dealer CHARGES $90/HR (based on book rate, not actual time spent). The mechanic makes nowhere near that.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Thx for the correction Ranger, figured if anyone knew, it was you.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Ok, guys. Took it to the dealership today to get some work done and told them to check out the windows

    (problem: front passenger side window is not rolling down. When it first broke, it was stuck in an open position. Read on here to try to slam the door to get some mechanism (forget the name) loose and that would allow me to roll the window back up. did this and it worked. window has been broken ever since)

    They told me that the regulator is broken and needs to get replaced. They gave me an estimate of $624, parts and labor.

    That sounds wayy too much to me.

    so googled the regulator to see how much I can purchase it for.

    I found one for $91.89 (please check link)
    http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...ch%2Bfor%2BPRO

    Questions:

    1. thought on the estimate they gave me?
    2. Is the regulator I posted above the right part I need?
    3. Would you suggest I buy the part and pay a mechanic to do it or go somewhere else or just have cadillac do it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Quote Originally Posted by King Tekeste View Post
    Ok, guys. Took it to the dealership today to get some work done and told them to check out the windows

    (problem: front passenger side window is not rolling down. When it first broke, it was stuck in an open position. Read on here to try to slam the door to get some mechanism (forget the name) loose and that would allow me to roll the window back up. did this and it worked. window has been broken ever since)

    They told me that the regulator is broken and needs to get replaced. They gave me an estimate of $624, parts and labor.

    That sounds wayy too much to me.

    so googled the regulator to see how much I can purchase it for.

    I found one for $91.89 (please check link)
    http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...ch%2Bfor%2BPRO

    Questions:

    1. thought on the estimate they gave me?
    2. Is the regulator I posted above the right part I need?
    3. Would you suggest I buy the part and pay a mechanic to do it or go somewhere else or just have cadillac do it?

    Thanks.
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    1. thought on the estimate they gave me?
    that's WHY most people rarely go to the dealer for repairs NOT covered by warranty

    2. Is the regulator I posted above the right part I need?
    ASSUMING the dealer properly and thoroughly
    inspected and diagnosed the problem correctly - YES -

    3. Would you suggest I buy the part and pay a mechanic to do it
    the part isn't that difficult to replace -
    but finding a shop willing to do the job -
    and willing to use YOUR-SUPPLIED-PARTS -
    that is another story -

    you will have to call around to local - independently owned -
    Mom and Pop type shops -
    they are out there - you just have to find them -
    "chain stores" probably won't do it -

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Thanks for your post.

    Mom and pop type shops are actually what I was thinking of looking at.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    1) That estimate is probably correct. Caddy's are hella expensive to fix.
    2) I do believe front passenger window is the right side which is the $93.79 part #740143. Someone else will have to verify I'm correct.
    3) Changing a regulator, in pretty much any car, is one of the most annoying jobs I have ever had to do. There's no room, you need 2 people most of the time, you gotta drill out the rivets, there's no room, there's a big annoying spring, there's absolutely no room. I'd rather pull the tranny and rebuild it than install a window regulator. It is that damned annoying. I, like many people around here, know that going to the dealer to fix anything is always overpaying. So if you have the cash, you buy that one and find any competent mechanic to put it in for you. Before you buy though make sure your mechanic will install a part that they didn't buy. I ran into 2 shops in my area that would not install a part you brought them. They had to buy it. So verify your mechanic will do this, get the cheaper part and have him do it. That's my 2 cents.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    Thank you for your informative post, Zynder.

    I've actually had a similar experience with a shop refusing to install a part I bought.

    I appreciate your posts, guys.

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    Re: Where to go to fix passenger side window (not rolling down)

    I replaced three of them in a Pontiac I had. Be ready for cut hands and fingers because in that small space there are burrs and sharp edges. It's not fun but by my third one, I had it down good. Best to use nuts and bolts to hold it in place, not rivets. In my opinion anyway.

    Good Luck and I hope you have small hands.

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    Pontiac regulators have plastic wheels and tiny lift cables. A miracle they even work. The caddy regulator is made a little better. I would bet money the motor is the issue. Not so much the window lift parts. But, the motor is not available separately. Unless you go to a boneyard. Turns out the driver motor is the same as pass/back motor. Left and right castings. Easy to find back door motor at boneyard. $8 usually. Almost all driver motors are gone in junkyard cars. Odd that people want the most used old motor. Why not get a seldom used rear pass motor?

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