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Old 09-28-2019, 02:29 AM   #1
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Subject: Driver's side power window. 1997 Dodge 3500 (PW). Symptom: Had been "hitting hard" when closing window. Suddenly will not close window. Motor still running but no lift. Suspect: bracket holding window to regulator.

Question: Anyone encounter this? I suspect the bracket has broken. Someone mentioned to me that he had the power window on his truck, with similar symptoms, repaired at a auto glass place.

Any suggestions for course of action appreciated. Weather cooling in the Southwest. Like to be on the road.

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Old 09-28-2019, 02:38 AM   #2
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If you can remove handles and liner to see the mechanism the repair may be as simple as a couple rivets.
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:46 PM   #3
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I don't know about that year but back in the 70s i have found the motor can come loose, drive arms broke or come off or a rubber drivetrain coupling broke (not sure of actual name after all these years)
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I have the same van, and had the same problem just last month, for me it was very easy to fix myself..Remove the handle and the door liner, then you can see the window holding system through the access holes in the door, you will easily be able to detect what the issue is, for me it was as simple as the window and holding bracket became separated, I cleaned up both surfaces and reattached with some silicone,,,didnít take more than an hour,,,,let me know if you have any more questions,,,take care,,,
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Thanks. I'll get the RV out of storage and start work............
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I agree with peppster66. My '95 Dodge Sportsmobile passenger window was dead since I got the van from my folks. I finally popped the door panel and replaced the motor. Once the panel is off, you'll be able to easily diagnose and fix whatever the issue.


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I am having a similar issue with my van on the passenger side. It makes a funny noise when I raise the window. Going down seems okay, going up is wonky.
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It's not too difficult to replace the motor. It's been a couple of years now so my memory is a bit hazy. As I recall you need to take the mechanism out and clamp it in a vise to remove the helper spring. There's lots of youtube videos out there showing how to R/R window motors on Dodge Rams...


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It's not too difficult to replace the motor. It's been a couple of years now so my memory is a bit hazy. As I recall you need to take the mechanism out and clamp it in a vise to remove the helper spring. There's lots of youtube videos out there showing how to R/R window motors on Dodge Rams...


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One nicety of the older vans is relatively cheap parts and ease of service. I am curious as to why I am only hearing a funky sound when I put the window up and not going down. Isn't the motor working on both cycles?
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What happened with mine was that it started to make a "hard hit" knock at the very end when the window went all the way up. Not gentle at all. Going down it was fine. Then suddenly lost the ability to go up or down even though I can hear the motor working. Plan to get my RV out of storage on Sunday and take apart the door next week.
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When I had problems with mine, I watched a YouTube video that shows how to replace just the plastic gears, so you donít have to replace the whole motor, apparently, these plastic gears are known to wear out and fail,,,just something to check when you get yours out to look at,,,,good luck,,,
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One nicety of the older vans is relatively cheap parts and ease of service. I am curious as to why I am only hearing a funky sound when I put the window up and not going down. Isn't the motor working on both cycles?


Probably the guides. Binding in one direction, not in the other.
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This is pretty vague as I'm going from memory and don't have the shop manual with me...



I recall there is also an adjustment mechanism with a nut at the bottom of the door, that either adjusts the stop point or perhaps the angle of the window within the slides? Something to be aware of, but caveat emptor -- I may be completely mis-remembering the purpose of this!


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