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How to Replace Power Window Motor 97-03 Chevy Malibu

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How to Replace Power Window Motor 97-03 Chevy Malibu

Created on: 2021-01-16

Learn the steps for replacing the front power window motor yourself on the 97-03 Chevy Malibu with this how-to video

  1. step 1 :Disconnecting the Battery
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with an 8mm wrench
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the trim piece behind the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pry off the mirror base trim panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips head screw from the door handle bezel
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts from behind the door pull
    • Pry off the door handle bezel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness from the door handle bezel
    • Pry off the door panel by hand
    • If any door panel clips remained in the door, remove them with a door panel clip tool
    • Push the clips into the door panel
    • Peel back the water shield
    • For more detailed instructions, please see the 2001 Malibu door panel replacement video
  3. step 3 :Removing the Window Motor
    • Pry the window motor out of its three tabs with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the motor out of the door
    • Disconnect the window motor wiring harness
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Window Motor
    • Connect the window motor wiring harness
    • Push the motor onto its tabs
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Reconnect the negative battery cable
    • Push on the window motor by hand as you lower the window with the switch
    • Test the window with the switch
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push the window switch panel into the door
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Push the door handle bezel into the door
    • Insert the Phillips screw into the door handle bezel
    • Insert the two 7mm bolts behind the door pull
    • Push in the trim piece behind the door pull
    • Push on the mirror base trim piece
    • For more detailed instructions, please see the 2001 Malibu door panel replacement video
  6. step 6 :Reconnecting the Battery
    • Reconnect the negative battery cable with an 8mm wrench if you have not already done so

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Door Panel Removal Tool

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace one of the front window motors on this 2001 Chevy Malibu, same as any 1997 to 2003 Malibu. We'll show you the driver's side door, very similar for the passenger's side door as well. Tools you'll need are a flat blade screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver and a 7mm socket with a ratchet and extension.

Using an 8mm wrench, disconnect your negative battery cable. This is more just to protect your battery from running down when you have the door open.

We're going to fast forward through removing the door panel. If you want to see this in regular speed, you just check out our other videos but there's probably enough here to figure it out. Remove the switch, unplug it, remove the bezel around the door handle, and a couple of other bezels, and pull the door panel off.Pull down the plastic water shield so you can access the window motor.

There's three tabs that just hold it in. Press down on this tab, pull it out some, pull up on this tab and pull it out some. The last one, put a screwdriver in here and take another screwdriver or something, push out on this tab, pry out on the whole motor, and then pull it right out. Take your screwdriver, push on the connector and disconnect it.

Actually there's nothing wrong with this original motor so I'm going to put it back in. The motors from 1A Auto go in just the same as the original, connect just the same as the original. Reconnect it. There are little tabs or little posts that go into the holes in the motor. Push it on as far as you can. Now, reconnect your window switch. Now, I'm going to reconnect the battery. I've got that reconnected, and I've got the battery reconnected. I'm going to turn the ignition on. I'm going to push on my window motor and run the switch down. Now my window motor just snapped into place. Make sure all the tabs are secure and go up and down with the window.

Now, just put your water shield back in place. Make sure the harnesses are correctly back through the cutouts. You can disconnect your battery again if you like or just put the door panel back on from here. Like the beginning, we're going to fast forward through putting the door panel on. Make sure you pull those harness through and then everything kind of goes back in reverse order and then in addition to this, just make sure you reconnect your negative battery cable and you'll be all set to go. If you want to see replacing this door panel in regular speed, just check out our other videos.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

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