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How to Replace Front Window Regulator 2014 - 2019 Chevy Silverado

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Created on: 2019-04-15

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a slow, stuck, cracked or damaged window regulator on 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Chevy Silverado

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Door Panel
    • Turn off the dome light
    • Remove the trim door behind the door handle with a pick
    • Remove the trim door from the door pull with a pick
    • Pull out the trim panel along the door pull and master switch panel
    • Remove the six 7mm bolts: two from the door pull; one from the door handle; one beside the master switch; and two along the bottom of the door panel
    • Release the door panel from its clips by pulling straight out
    • Lift the door panel from the door lock rod
    • Pull the door cable back, around, and out
    • Disconnect the master switch wiring harness
    • If the weatherstrip removed with the door panel, pull the stripping back, pry down on the clip, and pull the weatherstrip back
    • Pry out each clip from either end of the door trim
    • Remove the trim around the window
  2. step 2 :Removing the Window Regulator
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts from the bracket on the water shield
    • Carefully pry off the water shield
    • Remove the rubber boot from the door with a pair of pliers
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the window
    • Lift the window up
    • Secure the window in place with painter's tape
    • Disconnect the window motor lead
    • Remove the five 10mm bolts from the window regulator
    • Remove the window regulator
  3. step 3 :Installing the Window Regulator
    • Insert the window regulator into place
    • Tighten the five 10mm bolts to the window regulator
    • Connect the window motor lead
    • Plug in the master control switch connector
    • Turn the key on and test the regulator
    • Lower the window onto the window regulator
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the window
    • Attach the rubber boot
    • Press on the water shield
    • Tighten the bracket and the two 7mm bolts to the bracket
  4. step 4 :Installing the Front Door Panel
    • If needed, insert the weatherstrip clips to the door
    • Press the weatherstrip on
    • Connect the wiring harness
    • Insert the window trim into place
    • Press the clips in to the window trim
    • Place the weatherstripping over the window trim
    • Connect the door handle cable
    • Connect the master switch panel wiring harness
    • Insert the door panel into place
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the six 7mm bolts: Remove the six 7mm bolts: two from the door pull; one from the door handle; one beside the master switch; and two along the bottom of the door panel
    • Press on the trim panel along the door pull and master switch panel
    • Replace the trim door in the door pull
    • Replace the trim door behind the door handle

Tools needed

  • Socket Extensions

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    7mm Socket

    10mm Socket

    Ratchet

    Needle nose pliers

    Trim Tool Set

    Pick

How are you doing? Mike from 1A Auto. I'm going to show you how to remove and replace your power window regulator. This is a 2015 Chevy Silverado, same as the Silverado Sierra and also Yukon, and things like that although the door panel may be a little bit different, but the basic procedure is the same.

If you're going to be working with the doors open, good idea, this switch right up here shuts off your dome light. Middle position is on with the doors open. Over here is permanently on, and then you can see the lights right here. Shut it off. That way your lights aren't draining the battery while you're working on your door.

First, you're going to want to remove these little doors. There's one here, and there's a little indent down at the bottom. You want to use a little 90 degree pick, available at 1AAuto.com. Pull the bottom of that out. Then that panel comes out. Then there's another one right down in here, same thing. There's an indent at the front. Work the pick right in there. Then I go down first underneath. Pull it up.

Now this panel comes off, and this one can be a little unnerving. You just have to pull hard, and it does release. Sometimes these metal clips will fall into the door, but you actually want to retrieve them. You can do it just by squeezing them and prying up with a screwdriver, and then down with my finger. Sometimes these will fall down into the door, and you just have to wait till you have the door panel off to retrieve them, but you can just push them right back onto the panel, so that when you go to reinstall it, they're there.

Now six 7 millimeter bolts hold it. There's one way back in here, one right up here, two down here, and two at the bottom of the door panel. I'll remove those. Use a 7 millimeter socket with a ratchet and extension. All right, so we've got the six bolts out. This part can be the worst part because now it's just clipped in place, but these clips can really hold on tight sometimes. I just work my hand underneath this corner, and then I grab right here. I just give a good pull. Okay, and then there's clips all the way up at the top that release. Door panel comes off. Go up. If your door lock fell out of place, just put it back up into place.

Release your door handle cable by pressing down here and then pulling back. Then work it around. Pull it up and out. Then there's a single electrical connector here. Push on the black tab while you pull up on the gray tab. Then bring the gray locking tab out and that unlocks. With the door panel off, now we can remove this inside trim panel. There's a little clip here that you can usually pull on. There's also going to be a clip there. It's missing on this truck. The correct tool from 1AAuto.com is this little forceps. Pry that out. If you didn't have one of those, and you were in a pinch, you could use a flat blade screwdriver, but remove those two pins. Then there's a clip behind here that you have to pull firmly and release, and basically pull this out and down all the way around. Again, you pull that pin out there, and that comes off.

If you did pull the panel up and off, and this weatherstrip went with the door panel, you're going to want to remove this piece of weatherstrip. Pull it down, and you can see some clips back in there. Pry down with a small screwdriver, and then pull up to release each clip. You can see the clips actually come off as we go. Then these clips slide back down onto the door, and the weatherstrip goes back in place. This part seals against the window.

Remove these two 7 millimeter bolts that hold this bracket in place. Once you have that bracket off, carefully pull. You want to be careful not to tear your inner water shield and try and pull and get this adhesive to come off in as much as one piece as you can. Okay, pair of pliers, and pull this plug out here. Then there are two 10-millimeter bolts that hold the window to the regulator: one here and then you can access the other one here. 10-millimeter socket with the ratchet and extension, and loosen these two bolts.

You can move your window back down, and you just want to pull the window out of the clamps that are holding it. Pull your window up. Put painters tape on and hold it in place. Now four 10-millimeter nuts hold it in place. There are actually five: one, two, three, four and five. We'll disconnect the power window motor, which is right here. Just press on the sides and pull down. Okay, now remove this last one, and your regulator should come out through here.

The easiest thing is just to remove the window. Once your regulator is out, let the window slide down. Let the front go down first, and then pull the back up and out. Install the regulator. Put the back rail in first. The top and motor of the front rail. Then reinstall our five 10-millimeter nuts. Tighten these up. You want to get these nice and firm. You don't have to overtighten them though. I usually just take a small wrench, tighten. Get them all firm first, and then tighten them an extra eighth of a turn or so. I'll just tighten them up, and we can reconnect our window motor.

If we're going further, we're just going to test. Put our door back in. Lock it in. Turn the key on and make sure everything is going up and down. Run them down about as far as you can, and then disconnect your harness again. When you put the window back in, take this piece of weatherstripping off. Just pull up. Make sure you don't lose any of those clips. Okay, now put the window down in. Make sure you put the front corner into the channel. You get the back corner in the channel. Get it down. Once you get the top below the top of the frame, then you can twist it into place. You can actually let it go down into your window regulator.

I'm going to put this piece of weatherstripping back on. Now we'll bring out door panel back. Plug it in and turn the key on. Run your regulator up. Just check and make sure that the mount is on their correctly, and on the other side. Run it right up to the top. Now we'll tighten these two clamp bolts. Now before we put the water shield back on and the door panel, we're just going to test it real quick. Make sure it runs nice and smooth and uninterrupted.

Now reinstall your water shield. Make sure you put the inside door cable through. Then there's a few different alignment points. Make sure this hole here is lined up because that's where your door panel goes on. Reinstall this bracket. Sometimes these clips will fall down. Just make sure they're up in place. Then just put this plug back in.

Okay, now this piece. You basically want to get this lip in first. Start it on, and you're pushing. I'm pushing with my thumb on the inside first to make sure that that all locks into place. Then up here, just make sure that pushes in and locks. Then you want to push it down. Make sure it goes underneath this weatherstrip for the most part. Then push this pin into place and this pin as well although it is missing on my truck. This weatherstrip should really be outside of the trim. You might have to work it with your fingers up and around. Now your panel. Put the door handle cable on first. Put it down in, pull back around, and then slide it forward into place.

Then your connection down here--lift up. Put the connection in place, get it going. Then slide or pivot that locking tab up. There's two larger line up pins, one here and one on the front here. I'll just look things into place. Make sure you lift this up. Get your lock into place down. Then I can see that line up pin right there and this front line up pin there. Okay. It locks into place.

Now we're going to put our six 7-millimeter screws back in. One was here, one here, two here, and then two down low. This one that we're going to put in here, I'm just going to put a little piece of paper towel on there, hold it in place. Put it in, start it going, and I'll start the rest of them. All right, now we'll tighten those up. You don't want to get these too tight. Get them nice and firm, and that's good. They're only going into plastic. Panels back in. Curve the soft corners at the top. Push those into place. Then this, the little notch goes in the front in place. Then this panel, once you've put your clips back on, you're going to put the top up and in and snap it back in place.

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