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How Much Does Power Window Repair Cost?

low costWindow Regulator: $100-$900+, Parts & Laboraverage costWindow Motor: $150-$900+, Parts & laborhigh costBoth Regulator and Motor: $150-$1,100+, Parts & Labor
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On a vehicle with power windows, inside each door is a window regulator, the mechanical part that moves the window up and down, and a small electric window motor, which operates the regulator. If none of the power windows work, it could be a blown fuse or other problem in the vehicle's electrical system. If only one window is malfunctioning, the problem could be the regulator, the motor, or both.

Typical costs:

  • Opening up the door panel to diagnose the problem (and possibly simply clean out dirt and debris so a clogged window moves more freely) can cost $50-$200 or more, depending on local rates, the make and model of vehicle, and whether the work is done by an independent or chain repair shop, or a dealership (typically the most expensive).
  • For example, San Jose Auto Repair[1] in California estimates that opening and inspecting the door panel to diagnose the problem typically costs $49-$99; if additional repairs are needed, the diagnostic fee is applied toward the total cost.
  • Replacing a window regulator can cost $50-$550 for just the part, depending on make and model of vehicle , and whether the is produced by the vehicle manufacturer (called OEM) or another company (called aftermarket); 1.5-3 hours of labor at $50-$120 an hour brings the total up to $100-$900 or more, depending on local rates and the make and model of vehicle.
  • Replacing a window motor can cost $40-$300 for just the part, depending on make and model of vehicle and if the part is OEM or aftermarket; 1.5-3 hours of labor brings total costs to about $150-$900 or more.
  • If both the window regulator and motor are replaced (sometimes a good preventive move, even if only one is broken), the combined parts can cost $50-$850 or more, depending on make and model of vehicle and if the parts are OEM or aftermarket. For example, AutoPartsWarehouse charges $49-$107 for an aftermarket regulator and motor combination for a 2008 Honda Accord[2] . Labor of 1.5-3 hours brings total costs (parts and labor) to $150-$1,100.
Related articles: Window Motor Replacement, Window Regulator Replacement, Car Window, Window Tinting, Windshield Replacement and Repair, Auto Detailing

What should be included:
  • Determining why a power window doesn't work and then replacing the regulator or window motor typically requires opening up the door panel, and removing the window glass. Mechanic Scotty Kilmer provides a video demonstration of removing a door panel[3] .
  • 1A Auto Parts has a video series demonstrating how to replace a window regulator[4] depending on the year, make and model of vehicle, and whether it's a front or rear window.
  • AutoMD provides how-to instructions and a video demonstration[5] for replacing a power window motor.
Additional costs:
  • In many states there may be a core charge[6] of $20-$60 for the window motor; this is a recycling fee, similar to the fees on plastic bottles, and does not have to be paid (or will be refunded) if the old part is exchanged for the new one.
  • AutoMD estimates that do-it-yourself replacement of a window regulator[7] or window motor[8] each takes about 1.8 hours, while replacing both the window regulator and motor[9] takes about 2.1 hours. AutoMD rates all three projects as moderately complex; however, all three projects are rated as moderately complex. However, a Ford Expedition owner[10] reports being injured by the coil spring under the window motor, so read and follow all safety precautions carefully.
Shopping for power window repair:
  • A power window can be repaired by a car dealership, an independent repair shop, an automotive glass service, a car audio specialist (they're experienced at working inside car doors) or car-repair chains like Pep Boys[11] or Sears[12] . Both the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[13] and the International Automotive Technicians Network[14] provide a searchable directory of repair shops.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[15] .
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Power window motor and regulator
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: JOHN408 in San Jose, CA.Posted: December 14th, 2016 11:12AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Camry
Car Year: 2000Which Window: Driver
Which Window: frontShop:
Window was slow would stop. Motor would get hot and stop. Found mobile power window repair online.
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DIY - Returned first regulator
Amount: $79.00
Posted by: Jim Stader in Venice, FL.Posted: May 1st, 2015 01:05AM
Car Make: ChryslerCar Model: Town & Country LTD
Car Year: 2003Which Window: Passenger
Which Window: Shop: DIY
Bought regulator (motor & cables) from Advance auto for $79 with online coupon. First one was all kinked up and looked like someone tried to replace it themselves and couldn't do it. Got a second one no problem to exchange, installed in about 3 hrs. I can see why the first guy returned it. I took a lot of time to finagle the new one in, the cables and rails have to be placed just right in order to get it in the door cavity. I've worked on factory machines all my life, so having this mechanical aptitude helped. It's not a job for the faint. Also, taking out the motor mounts was a pain. Bolts into rubber grommets. Had to have a razor blade on the back while screwing out bolts to cut the grommets. They were turning with the bolt. Over all, happy I did it myself and saved big bucks.
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Replacement Power Window Regulator and Motor
Amount: $60.85
Posted by: 1chapelcredit in Waco, TX.Posted: December 22nd, 2014 07:12PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord
Car Year: 2001Which Window: Driver Front
Which Window: Shop: DIY
Broken regulator motor in my 2001 Honda Accord; asked the local dealership and was quoted 191.63 for Labor and 253.17 for Parts (Total: 444.80).
Asked Youtube instead; after watching a couple of videos, it was easy (I have no automotive background; changed my oil once, that's about it) to take apart the door assembly and remove the regulator and motor. When I saw it really wasn't going to just patch back together, I found the part on for $54 and paid another $6 to over-night it, which was sooner than the dealership could get the manufacturer's shipped in. Installed it with no hassles the next day and it works like a charm.
If you can watch a youtube video and use a wrench, you can do this yourself; on a Honda Accord at least.
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Power Window Regulator
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: jsiii in Artesia, CA.Posted: November 5th, 2013 02:11PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Crown Victoria
Car Year: 1993Which Window: Passenger Front
Which Window: Shop: DIY
Cable to the power window regulator snapped. Ordered new assembly online. Had to drill out old large rivets to take old assembly out, and install new assembly with new nuts, bolts and washers. Not fun, took a very long time to drill out and remove the factory rivets. Job better left to professionals. :) On the positive side, I saved money and if it ever happens again, it should be a fairly easy replacement because it's now held in place with nuts and bolts instead of the factor rivets.
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