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Old 07-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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Driver Side Window Regulator

I've searched far and wide for a how-to guide for replacing the window regulator to no avail. Plenty on the rollers, just not the regulator.

I've completely disassembled the driver side door card (took barely 10 minutes) and can see that the regulator is riveted to the inner frame of the door. I'm assuming I have to drill these old rivets out and either fashion a few nuts and bolts to replace them, or rivet them again once the new regulator is in.

Another factor is that the window is in the up position. (As not to let in any rain.) I'm guessing I should reconnect the window switch I disabled and try to lower it so it's easier to remove right?

The Saab dealer said my current regulator is busted, so I got a replacement and am trying to install it myself, as I don't have the $480 they quoted me on the job..

I've gutted and re-installed my turbo before, but somehow the task of the window regulator is daunting to me... words of advice? Links to a picture guide how to?
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Maybe this will help you? For 9-3 ss but might be similar process?
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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Not difficult

I just removed the driver's regulator and you have done most work already. You need to: (1) detach the window from the regulator (it is pressed into the famous green rollers) -which is much easier to do if the window is 2/3 of the way down - so I would reconnect the switch (2) drill out the four rivets (3) remove the two nuts and (4) disconnect the electrical connector

Installation is the reverse - either replace rivets or use screws/bolts.

I just did this on 2000 9-5 that is going to the crusher soon. So I have the regulator as well a whole bunch of other parts. I am in Southern New Hampshire - PM me if you need anything
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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Great! Thank you for the how-to and for the heads up on parts. Also, thanks Dean for the two links and for the PM. I feel a little more comfortable now doing this. Appreciate it guys.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:56 AM   #5
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Done and done. Wasn't as daunting as I thought. Drilled out old rivets, fastened new regulator in place with a pop-riveter, slipped window in (make sure it's in the rubber channels!!!) snapped rollers in place, put door card back on, done!

It's so nice having all the windows down once again.. (now that the summer is practically over..)

Thanks for the advice everyone.
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