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How to Replace Window Regulator 04-12 Chevy Colorado

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:43)
    • Remove the two Phillips head screw inside the door pull
    • Pull the panel switch up by hand
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Disconnect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Remove the door handle bezel
    • Pry out the door panel by hand
    • Pry off the mirror base trim piece by hand
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the speaker wiring lead
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step : Removing the Window Regulator (2:39)
    • Disconnect the window motor lead
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts from the regulator
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the window track
    • Hold the window up and slide it down
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts that hold the window to the regulator
    • Pull the window up and out
    • Pull the window regulator out through the door
  3. step : Separating the Window Motor from the Regulator (5:46)
    • Pull out the balance spring with pliers (if applies to your application)
    • Remove the three screws from the window motor with a driver bit
    • Pull the motor away from the regulator
  4. Please skip the balancing spring step if your window regulator does not have one

  5. step : Reinstalling the Motor (6:29)
    • Pull back the window motor bracket on the regulator
    • Insert the three screws into the motor
    • Pull in balancing spring (if applies to your application)
  6. step : Reinstalling the Regulator (7:01)
    • Insert one of the bolts into the window regulator
    • Push the regulator into the door
    • Hang the regulator by its bolt
    • Insert the three 10mm bolts into the regulator
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the window track
    • Lower the window onto the regulator
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts that hold the window to the regulator
  7. step : Resetting the Motor (9:14)
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Connect the window motor to the lead
    • Turn the vehicle on
    • Run the motor up for 4 seconds
    • Disconnect the window motor lead
  8. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (9:41)
    • Remove any clips stuck in the door with a pair of pliers
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Connect the speaker wiring lead
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Push in the mirror base trim piece
    • Push in the door handle bezel
    • Insert the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push in the switch panel
    • Insert the two Phillips head screw inside the door pull

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In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace a front window motor and regulator on this 2004 Chevy Colorado. I'm going to show you the driver's side door, but the passenger's side door is basically the same. It's a fairly easy replacement. The tools you'll need include a Phillips screwdriver, a 10mm socket with a ratchet and extension, a Phillips head socket driver, and a pair of pliers.

There are two screws right down in here. With the Philips screwdriver, we're going to remove this, and then pull this up. Let's turn it over. The screw is out. Disconnect this by pressing on old tabs and pulling out. Disconnect our rear switch as well. There's a screw you want to remove right in there. Leave that screw and this is what comes off, and then you can just kind of go right around the door panel, and give a good firm and quick pull. We'll remove this up here by pulling out and then up, and then the door panel comes right off there.

There is a little connector here for your speaker so just press in on the tab. You want to carefully remove your water shield do your best not to rip it or tear it. It's really sticky, but you just work at it and it comes off. Okay, if your window is stuck in the up position, what you want to do is remove these four bolts up here as well as these two nuts here, and that will allow your window regulator to drop down and your window to drop down. You can retry in here. You'll see a brown clip, and there's a tab right on top of it. You just push down and pull that off. I'm going to fast-forward here as I remove the nuts and bolts that hold the regulator in place.

Once you get to a point where the windows start slipping down, just be very careful not to get your hands or fingers pinched anywhere between the window or the regulator, or any of the mechanism or metal. Now, carefully, I'm going to hold the window up, take the regulator out, and then the window comes down. You can see there's a bolt right here. Okay, so as it slides down, remove this bolt here, tilting the window to break it and everything. Tilt the window up and remove this bolt, then you pull the window right and out. Take the regulator out.

This spring provides a counter balance. Just take a pair of pliers and then take it off just to avoid any snapping. For these screws, you're going to want to use a driver bit like this. Once you take them off, you can remove your motor. This motor is in fine shape, I'm just doing this to show you so we can put it back up in place. Put the screws back in. I'll just speed it up here. I start the screws in by hand first, then use my bit and ratchet to tighten them up nice and firm.

Turn it back over, just put it on just with your hand, make sure that balance spring is back on there. What I'm going to do is probably do that, slide it in here, get the bolt there, and the stub comes in right there. I'm going to put a nut on there to hold it in place, and this will push over there. I got the nut in place there. Slide it in. I got one here. We're going to put our two bolts in here and tighten everything up. I'll just speed it up here as I tighten all those fasteners up nice and firm, you don't want to over tighten them, but they need to be nice and snug to hold everything in place.

Now, slide the window down in, carefully. What you want to do is keep it tilted and make sure you get the front in the window channel here. Okay, so you got the front in, make sure the back drops into this channel and get the window in there so it slides up and down well, and bring it right down. Then I'm going to fast-forward here. Slide the window down and then you line up the holes where you attached the window to the regulator. The front hole can be accessed through an oblong whole in the door.

Little hint: if you're putting a regulator that's not already in this position, then you can just hook up the connection. Hook up your power window switch, and move the regulator up or down to where have you need it to line up. I reached back behind here to where they're leading. Turn the key on. My battery's a little bit weak, but, other than that, it works nicely. I'll speed up here again as I put that water shield back on.

Just a little tip: there are two holes in it where you have the two screws that go down to the door pole. Just make sure those are lined up, and, then, just kind of stick everything back in place and get it on there as best you can. Okay, before you put your door panel back on, a couple of my clips didn't come with the panel, so let's pull them off with those pliers. They just slide right in to the panel.

Okay, put your panel back on, and then put in your speaker. Line your panel up here, and then pull your harnesses through. You repeat it back here. Make sure your clips or your pins are going right in to the holes. You kind of pull out on the panel a little bit. Put this in place, push it in. Tighten the Phillips screw nice and firm. Then plug your mirror switch back in. You have two connections for the window switch. We'll just fast-forward here as we put those two Philips screws back in, tighten them up nice and firm, and you're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Bit in a Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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