2003 Cavalier power window problem, help


modasrar
08-03-2007, 10:06 AM
I have a Chevy Cavalier Sedan LS with power windows. Lately the drivers side window and the rear passenger side windows will go down but then won't go back up. If I wait half hour they will go back up 2-6 inches but then I have to give it another half hour before they will go up another couple inches and so on until I get them completely up. It's real annoying and I'm not sure if they are going to stop working so I've stopped using them. Anyone have any ideas. I don't think its the window motors, they sound fine when they are actually working.

muff34
08-03-2007, 10:25 AM
take the door panels off and lube up the slide mechanism on each window. ,sounds like motors are getting hot and just shutting down

modasrar
08-05-2007, 08:18 PM
Now the windows won't even go down more then half inch, so i don't think that the motors are getting hot, the motor isn't even running for a fraction of a second before shutting off.

shakewell
08-05-2007, 09:27 PM
More than likely your window motors are going out. The only way to properly diagnose them is to take the door panel off, find the connector going to the motor, backprobe BOTH wires at the same time with a 12v trest light or similar while the window switch is pushed. What you're doing is making sure that there is both power and ground at the motor (just checking for power isn't enough). If there is power and ground at the motor when you push the switch up and down, then you have a bad motor. If not, let us know what you found and you can go from there.

BTW, both of my back windows have the same problem and I'm too cheap to fix 'em (I did fix the fronts). So I just took the cover off of the window switches for the rear ones so no one would accidentally let them down.

modasrar
08-09-2007, 08:52 PM
...it ended up being the window motors, thank you...

btw, i talked to the chevy dealer to get 2 window motors and got quoted $189 a piece...brand new motors through NAPA, $38...talk about a markup on original GM products

shakewell
08-09-2007, 11:33 PM
To be honest, the OEM motors are probably better quality and fit. But for that much of a price difference, who cares.

muff34
08-10-2007, 10:09 AM
Did you re -lube the sliders by chance ? and for OEM motors next time check with these guys http://www.a1electric.com/index.htm $44.95 ea

peanasky
08-10-2007, 11:07 AM
I have an 02 Cavalier, same model though. My rear driver's side window does something similar, except that when it wont go up, if you hold the button down for alittle bit, you can actually physically pull the window up. It's the only way I've been able to get the window up. It goes down just fine, but wont go up unless you pull/push it up.

Thnx in advanced for the help ;)

muff34
08-10-2007, 05:57 PM
I have an 02 Cavalier, same model though. My rear driver's side window does something similar, except that when it wont go up, if you hold the button down for alittle bit, you can actually physically pull the window up. It's the only way I've been able to get the window up. It goes down just fine, but wont go up unless you pull/push it up.

Thnx in advanced for the help ;) Wow ,what`s with these pwr windows.......looks like you also may need a motor. The motor does not have to work hard putting window down ,it`s the lift that kills them If you do I would not hesitate buying from A1 ..........the link I posted above. I converted my manual windows and installed central /pwr locks in my `00 Silverado and bought my stuff thru them .

modasrar
08-13-2007, 10:01 PM
Did you re -lube the sliders by chance ? and for OEM motors next time check with these guys http://www.a1electric.com/index.htm $44.95 ea

I did re-lube them, in fact i took off the other two door panels and re-lubed the working motors as well, thank you...i will def check that site out for future reference.

chunkdiesel03
08-19-2007, 02:35 PM
had problem with motor in passanger side window in 99 cavalier z24. motor went up slowly then stopped, had to wait several minutes to go again. i'd just replace the motor, seems like the cavalier motor or setup breaks down over the years pretty easily. it is a pain in the ass though cause the space is so tight. and because GM rivets everything in which is almost impossible to get off without the right tools. if you are going to do this make sure you get a rivet remover or a drill that actually has bits that are made for going through metal, or else it is going to take 20 minutes per rivet to get off and there are like 7 rivets. its definitely a do it yourself and help would be nice for an extra set of hands, but just be prepared for a lot of tedious work and get the right tools.

chunkdiesel03
08-19-2007, 02:39 PM
in response to modasrar, ya i hear you. 189$ is a lot per piece. is that the price of them installing them too. cause that is outrageous. ya i got a brand new one at advanced auto parts. what i rip

modasrar
08-21-2007, 09:18 PM
had problem with motor in passanger side window in 99 cavalier z24. motor went up slowly then stopped, had to wait several minutes to go again. i'd just replace the motor, seems like the cavalier motor or setup breaks down over the years pretty easily. it is a pain in the ass though cause the space is so tight. and because GM rivets everything in which is almost impossible to get off without the right tools. if you are going to do this make sure you get a rivet remover or a drill that actually has bits that are made for going through metal, or else it is going to take 20 minutes per rivet to get off and there are like 7 rivets. its definitely a do it yourself and help would be nice for an extra set of hands, but just be prepared for a lot of tedious work and get the right tools. it was definetely a pain to replace those motors, i must have broken 12 drill bits trying to get the rivets drilled out, I'm glad the door panels cover up the mess I made behind them...

muff34
08-22-2007, 08:16 AM
drill bits and cutting oil work well together.........lol. that and not too much pressure on drill bit. I`ve been there ......lol ,snap ...frig ,snap....frig snap .....Grrrrr

peanasky
11-08-2007, 11:32 PM
Here's one for ya'll to check out...same car as last time, but this time it's the driver's side window. It has issues going down, it'll go a few inches, then if i let the engine run a bit, it'll go down some more. When i put it back up, i have no problem what-so-ever, goes up like it's a brand new motor

any ideas?

16th hippy
11-09-2007, 01:25 AM
either motor(for some odd reason dying opposite of others), slider rack not lubed on both sides, or a problem with switches.

peanasky
11-10-2007, 01:17 AM
either motor(for some odd reason dying opposite of others), slider rack not lubed on both sides, or a problem with switches.

thank you, but what would i lube the slider rack/how do i get to it and how would I check the switches (i'm completely ignoring the motor option...17yrs old + part-time job = little $$)

peanasky
11-13-2007, 10:58 PM
thank you, but what would i lube the slider rack/how do i get to it and how would I check the switches (i'm completely ignoring the motor option...17yrs old + part-time job = little $$)

anyone?

robbobo123
11-21-2010, 02:41 PM
Hello Everyone, Yes this problem is rdiculoous and whoever designed these model cavvys should be shot once in the head and chest! My problem started out just a couple months after buying my used 04 chevy cac ls sport 2 dr coupe. It started with just the passenger window going down fine and then only inching back up. after hitting the button and the window going up a half inch i would have to wait some time to try this process again. A couple weeks later i had this same problem starting with my driver window. After taking my door panels off in the poring rain in a walmart parking lot trying to tap on the motor and work the window up. I started looking into the master switch in the center console, somebody warned me i would have this problem with my cavalier, so i started iinvestigating after i put my door panels back together. I noticed that the switches were suppose to light up on the arrows and AUTO after taking the switchboard apart. I have not replaced this master switch yet but i am going to next week when i get paid. I am almost positive this is the problem. P.S. i did end up getting my windows up in the pouring rain after i took the master switch apart, back together, and gave it a few goood whacks. lol..

robbobo123
11-21-2010, 02:46 PM
http://www.switchdoctor.net/products/Chevrolet_Cavalier_2_door_2000_2005_Window_Master_ Control_Switch-289-3.html

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