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How to Replace Window Regulator with Motor 98-11 Lincoln Town Car PART 1

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How to Replace Window Regulator with Motor 98-11 Lincoln Town Car PART 1

Created on: 2011-05-03

Check out part 1 in the series on how to replace the window regulator and motor on your 98-11 Lincoln Town Car.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Note: this vehicle has been altered. Your fasteners may vary
    • Unscrew and remove the door lock knob
    • Remove the Phillips head screws from the window pull
    • Pull off the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips head screws behind the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips head screws from the bottom of the door panel
    • Unclip the door panel
    • Pry off the power window switch
    • Disconnect the power window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pull the door panel away from the door
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Pull off the door panel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Window Motor
    • Pull back the water shield
    • Disconnect the window motor wiring harness
    • Remove the two lower T30 Torx screws
    • Loosen the upper T30 Torx screw
    • Pull the motor to the side
    • Remove the upper T30 Torx screw
    • Pull out the window motor
  3. step 3 :Removing the Window
    • Push the window down by hand
    • Remove the rivets that hold the window to the regulator with a drill and 5/16 inch bit
    • Pull the window up by hand
    • Pull the window weatherstripping off
    • Slide the front of the window down
    • Push the bottom of the window outwards
    • Pull the window out diagonally
    • Remove the rivets from the window with needle nose pliers
  4. step 4 :Removing the Regulator
    • Punch the regulator rivets with the hammer and punch
    • Drill the rivets
    • Remove the rivets with a hammer and chisel
    • Remove the two 11mm nuts from the regulator
    • Pull out the regulator
  5. step 5 :Removing the Motor and Regulator Assembly
    • This step is an alternative to Steps 3 and 4
    • It is possible to remove the motor and regulator as one piece
    • Remove the rivets for the window regulator
    • Drill the rivets for the window motor bracket
    • Remove the rivets from the window motor bracket with a hammer and chisel
    • Pull the bracket out
  6. step 6 :Completing the Repair
    • This is Part 1 of a two part video
    • Please consult Part 2 for further instructions
    • Perform the steps outlined in Part 2

Tools needed for replacement

  • Drills, Drill Bits & Related


    5/16 Inch Drill Bit

  • General Tools


    Center Punch


  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

    11mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or 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're going to show you how to replace the window regulator and motor in this 2000 Lincoln Town Car, same as any '98-'02. We sell these regulators with motor and without motor; this video shows you how to replace them when you're replacing both the regulator and the motor at the same time. Tools you'll need are Phillips and flat blade screwdrivers; T30 Torx driver, hammer, punch and chisel; a drill with a 5/16 drill bit; 10mm socket and ratchet with extension which could vary and some needle nose pliers.

Door panel removal: it's fairly simple. On this vehicle this door panel's been taken apart a bunch of times so some of the fasteners may be different for you. For example, it has a screw here, which I believe most cars probably don't. The reason it has a screw here I believe is because so many of the pins in behind to hold it are broken. The way you'll want to start is to remove your door lock knob just by unscrewing it then in under here should be two . on this vehicle, they're Phillips screws . and you just kind of put your screwdriver up under there. Now there's another Phillips screw up in here. This pulls out and then right in here, you'll see there's another Phillips screw. It goes into the door panel. As you can tell I've been fast forwarding when I get to the monotonous stuff so you remove that screw and then there's another screw next to the rear side of the pull. Then at the bottom there are two more Phillips screws. It's kind of a little indent in the carpet, just put your screwdriver in there, twist it a little bit and you'll get the screw. This car has a little Torx screw here, I'm not sure if this is supposed to be there or not. I'll remove it. This may not be on all cars. Then there is another screw here but this is broken on my car so I know there's no screw in there. Then, what there is, is there's a series of clips, so you want to work your hand underneath here and there's one clip right here and you get your hand as close to those . you can slide your hand underneath and you slide it over and you feel it getting tighter and tighter and then you give a good pull and get that clip out and then come up here on the top and give it a good pull on the clip there and then on these vehicles there's more clips, there's clips in the middle and more on the edge but like I said, this vehicle's been apart a few times.

Actually before you pull the door panel off you want to pull your window switch up in the front and then pull it out and then there's a series of harnesses that just have little tabs, you press the tab, pull the harness down, this gray one, tab, pull it down, tab here on the black one and then tab here for the brown one. Pull the panel away and there's a few more harness connections back here, a couple of small harnesses with a black and white connector. Press the little button here, and pull that apart. The blue connector here that has a tab on it that you pull the wires in the blue connector, and pull the tab out. It's hard to see. There's a gray connector here, again, big tab, pull that apart. Looks like this screw's not quite all the way out.

Your door panel is off. You can see here, I'm holding back the water shield, you may have noticed on the other clip that on this car somebody has just cut the water shield, there should be a shield covering that whole large open area, you want to pull your water shield back carefully because you do want to save it because it does protect your door panel from getting aged too quickly by water and dirt.

To remove your power window motor your lead is right here, press on this tab, pull the lead up and out and there's three T30 Torx screws right here and you remove the bottom two and you loosen the top one. Once you loosen that top one, reach in behind and you slide the whole motor and cable assembly out and you pull it all the way out to here. Next I'll finish removing this. The motor comes off.

Now you can slide your window down and you can access this rivet here and this one through here so your rivets that hold the regulator to the window is right there and then I can see one right through there. Now I'm going to take a drill with a 5/16th bit and I'm going to slowly drill into these rivets; I don't want to go too fast because I don't want them to spin. That one comes off, and they're aluminum so they do come off fairly easy. That one's off. Now I can take my window, the window now separates from the regulator. You'll want to pull this piece of weatherstrip right up and off. You're going to want to remove the window and what you do to do that is slide the front down a ways and then push it out towards the outside of the car and then you pull the window diagonally out and back to front and then your rivets will probably get stuck on the little wiring harnesses in here a little bit and it goes to the back and the window comes out.

On the window you'll have these rivets. With a pair of needle nose pliers, carefully just pop them out. The regulator is held at the bottom by two rivets here. With a nice punch, pointed end and a good size hammer, put it right into the middle of the rivet and you can see I knocked the middle of the rivet right through and again with the drill nice and easy. My rivet's starting to spin a little bit so the cold chisel and there's not much left to these rivets so knocked one off, and knocked the other one off. Now the regulator's still held in here by two 11mm nuts so I've got a socket, ratchet and extension. Just use a little fast forward here as I remove those two nuts and one of them ended up actually being a 10mm nut so your, the sizes could vary on your vehicle as well, it appears this car's been apart before. Now bring those there, comes right out and now just like the lower rivets you drill. I'm just going to use my drill and I'm going to drill out the three rivets that hold the bracket that hold the window motor and those of you that are keen, you'll see that the regulator is actually back in the door that's just because you can do this either way, you can drill the rivets off for the motor first and take the whole assembly out, or you can take the regulator all apart and then drill the rivets and pull the bracket out. You see I drill it and now I will use the chisel and knock the rivets off and then I can take that bracket out or as I said, if you want to remove the window motor and regulator at the same time you can do it that way. The one with the black rail is my original, new one from 1A Auto. You can see the one from 1A Auto is going to go in exactly the same so the thing is it's been beefed up; it's a little larger diameter wheel up here; that allows it to spin a little slower and has less wear and it's just going to go in there it's going to bolt in or you're going to have to bolt it in and it's going to fit the same, has the same pigtail so it plugs in all the same. After that beautiful comparison we're going to stop here and if you want to see the second part of this video which is installing the new regulator with motor, please check out the video with the same title, just has part two in it.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Drills, Drill Bits & Related

  • Drill
  • 5/16 Inch Drill Bit

  • General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Center Punch
  • Chisel

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket
  • 11mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

1998 - 2011  Lincoln  Town Car
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