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Window regulators are one of the unseen, valuable parts in every car. The regulators don't require any attention unless they are no longer working. Have you ever pulled into the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant and forgot you could not roll your window down? Worse yet, the window rolls down, but you are unable to roll it back up and of course there are storm clouds in the sky. Putting the window up and down is not thought of as a luxury or convenience until the regulator motor fails and the window is no longer working. Automotive door window regulators work endlessly moving the door glass up and down, giving the occupants of the vehicle access to the outside air. Because of frequent window usage, window regulators and window motors are subject to intense wear.
A manual window regulator is the most basic of window lifting mechanisms. It always has some type of handle sticking through the door panel that regulates the up and down motion of the glass window. Humans are the "power" behind this type of regulator, as the window crank needs to be physically rotated to raise and lower the door glass. With so many vehicles coming with power windows these days, manual regulators are becoming scarce.
A power window regulator works exactly like it sounds. It is a device that regulates the up and down motion of the glass window. Power window regulators will always have some type of electric motor attached to them that is controlled by a power window switch on the door panel or console. In many cases, an inoperable window motor can be replaced separately from the window regulator itself. This allows the repair to be less work, and less costly overall.
Just like with anything mechanical, wear and tear eventually leads to the need for replacement. Window regulators and window regulator motors are no different. Luckily, if you live in or near Miami, you have help. Charlie’s Auto Glass can fix your malfunctioning window regulator allowing you to once again enjoy the fresh air outside your car.