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How to Replace Window Regulator 99-05 Pontiac Grand Am

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How to Replace Window Regulator 99-05 Pontiac Grand Am

Created on: 2010-04-01

Learn how to replace a broken, damaged, slow-moving, or stuck power window regulator and motor in a 99-05 Pontiac Grand Am.

  1. step 1 :Remove door panel.
    • For more detailed instructions see our other videos.
  2. step 2 :Remove water shield.
    • Carefully use your putty knife to remove the water shield.
    • Take care not to rip it, as it keeps water from getting into your door.
  3. step 3 :Unbolt Regulator
    • Lift up the window and tape it up out of the way.
    • Remove the bolts with your wrench or socket and ratchet.
    • Unplug the motor.
    • Remove the plate securing the regulator.
    • Take the regulator out.
  4. step 4 :Install the new regulator
    • Replace the regulator and motor back into their original positions.
    • Bolt the track back in.
  5. step 5 :Test
    • Test the to make sure the wiring is hooked up correctly.
    • Untape and attach the window.
    • Test again to make sure the window isn't straining and everything works.
  6. step 6 :Re-assemble
    • Replace the water shield.
    • Reassemble the door panel.
    • For more detailed instructions refer to our other videos.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Door Panel Removal Tool

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1aauto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20 plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from The right parts installed correctly. That's going to save you time and money. Thank you, and enjoy the video.

In this video, we'll be showing you window regulator replacement on this Grand Am. It is a two-door. The four-door is generally the same, and this process is the same for a lot of different GM products. Similar little bit of difference in taking the door panels off and things like that, but very similar. The tools you'll need are a flat blade screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver, a putty knife or door panel clip tool, a 10 mm socket and ratchet, and a 10 mm wrench. We're going to just fast forward taking the door panel off. If you want to see this in real time, just check out our other videos for the Grand Am door panel video. Probably you can pick up enough here. It's really I think four Philips screws and prying out the trim plate and stuff like that. Then once you do that, then you have to pull the pins from around the perimeter. There's another screw right behind that little reflector. Then also just so you know, I'll use fast forward throughout the video too just putting in bolts or tightening things just to kind of speed along to get it within the YouTube 10 minutes and also to provide as much detailed information as possible.

You want to remove this water shield. You want to try to do it relatively carefully. You don't want to tear it because this is important keeping the interior of the car dry. Now you're going to have to remove two bolts. One there and then one up here. This car has a broken regulator, so it's kind of in an odd spot. You can see it right down in there, right next to the window motor. Not where I'm pointing where I'm pointing there in the shadow of my finger. Remove those two bolts. That's what will happen when the regulator goes bad in a weird spot, but you can get in there and get them.

Take some tape, and put a couple pieces up here. The window comes right up. Just put the tape on here to hold it up for right now. Quick freeze frame here. See where the arrow and the circle is? That little white clip should actually go with the window. It was a little blooper on my part. This car was broken and I didn't realize it until I started putting it back together.

Now I can take off the bolts that hold the regulator: one, two, three, four, five. I've taken these three out, and then these I can just loosen out. The regulator then actually goes up. Take that out. Unplug the motor. Now I just need to remove this little pin here. I have to remove this plate here too. Once that plate is out, you can begin to get the tire regulator out. I'll hang up this bolt here. That bolt's in place. Tighten those up. Now I'm going to plug it in just to make sure that the regulator is working and the window motor is working, also to run it up just a little bit so I have easy access to this bolt here. Everything looks like it is working. Now I'll put this back in. Now we gotta get our clips back on. We're tight, tight, tight, tight, tight, tight, tight, tight. Slide the window back down. See that there. We'll do a test, and everything is working pretty good.

Now at this point it's just a matter of putting the door panel back together. We're going to speed through that. If you do want to see the complete video at real speed putting the door panel back on, you can just check out our other videos and you'll see that. Maybe you can get enough by my quick motions here. That's pretty much it. This window regulator is something that the average person can do. No real specialized tools or anything like that required. We hope this helps you out. Check out for all your parts needs. We sell great quality parts. We got the knowledge to go behind it. We hope you give us a shot. Thank you very much.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool

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