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How Much Does Window Regulator Replacement Cost?

 
low costPart Only: $40-$300average costProfessionally Installed: $125-$600+
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A window regulator is a mechanical device that rolls a vehicle's window up and down. A regulator can be manual (operated by turning a crank) or powered (attached to an electric window motor). With power windows, If none of them work, it could be a blown fuse or other problem in the vehicle's electrical system. If only one power window is malfunctioning, the problem could be the regulator, the motor, or both, and the only way to know for sure which has failed is to open up the door panel and look.

Typical costs:

  • A window regulator can cost $40-$300 for just the part, depending on the make and model of vehicle, and whether the product is produced by the vehicle manufacturer (called OEM) or by another company (called aftermarket, and typically less expensive). For example, AutoPartsWarehouse sells window regulators for a 2008 Ford Focus S[1] for $43-$63, depending on if it's for a front or rear window; or for a 2008 Lexus LS460[2] for $112-$184.
  • It typically takes 1.5-3 hours at $50-$120 an hour for a mechanic to install a window regulator, depending on whether the work is done by an independent or chain repair shop, or at a dealership (typically the most expensive). This makes typical total costs (parts and labor) of about $125-$600 or more. For example, San Jose Auto Repair[3] in California estimates average costs of $49-$99 for diagnosis (this fee is applied toward the total repair costs) and $169-$259 to replace a window regulator on most vehicles. RepairPal[4] estimates average costs in Trenton, NJ at $169-$258 parts and $176-$225 labor ($345-$483 total) for a 2008 Honda Accord; and $130-$161 parts and $167-$213 labor ($297-$374 total) for a front window or $130-$161 parts and $186-$237 labor ($316-$398) for a rear window regulator on a 2008 Lexus LS450.
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What should be included:
  • There are two basic styles of window regulators: scissor or cable. The scissor type of regulator is relatively simple mechanically, with few parts to breaks (although there are wheels that wear out eventually; a cable type regulator takes up far less space inside the door, but has more moving parts. 1A Auto Parts provides an overview of window regulators[5] .
  • Replacing a window regulator assembly requires taking off the door panel, removing the window, removing the regulator, installing the new part and then reversing the procedure to reassemble the door. Parts supplier Bavarian Autosport has a video demonstration[6] of replacing a door regulator on a BMW.
Discounts:
  • AutoMD estimates that a do-it-yourself window regulator replacement[7] takes about 1.8 hours and is of moderate complexity.
Shopping for window regulator replacement:
  • The first step is to determine if the window regulator needs replacing, or if there is a blown fuse or other electrical problem, or if the window track is simply dirty and therefore sticking. Popular Mechanics lists troubleshooting tips[8] .
  • A window regulator can be replaced 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[9] or Sears[10] . Both the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[11] and the International Automotive Technicians Network[12] provide a searchable directory of repair shops.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[13] .
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Window Regulator/motor
Amount: $112.00
Posted by: Johnny Ct in West Haven, CT.Posted: July 8th, 2015 12:07PM
Shop: DIY
Never tried anything like this before took an hour would have been easier if I knew how to remove clips on controls going in. Dealer wanted $580 ($400 for the part) Makes me wonder how many times they ripped me off.
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Window regulator
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Dantejohn in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: March 12th, 2015 05:03PM
Shop: Na
I installed a power window regulator in my Trailblazer SS 2008. The part cost $60 and took me 12 mins to install. These quotes are not accurate by any means. The job is very simple no matter what vehicle. Save the money and do it yourself.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.autopartswarehouse.com/search/?Ntt=Window+Regulator+without+motor&searchType=global...
  2.  www.autopartswarehouse.com/sku/Lexus/LS460/OES_Genuine/Window_Regulator/2008/Base/8_Cyl...
  3.  www.sanjoseautorepair.com/window.html
  4.  repairpal.com/estimator
  5.  www.1aauto.com/content/articles/replacement-window-regulators.html
  6.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Q2tfHqcdI
  7.  www.automd.com/141/104392/how-to-replace-a-window-regulator/2010/toyota/camry/le/6-cyl-...
  8.  www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/maintenance/1272371
  9.  storelocator.pepboys.com/pepboys/
  10.  www.sears.com/automotive/v-1020005
  11.  www.ase.com/Landing-Pages/Car-Owners/Find-a-Repair-Shop/Shop-Locator.aspx
  12.  autorepair.iatn.net/
  13.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/how-to-find-a-great-car-mechanic/index.htm
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