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I just wanted to thank anyone who posted about repairing the window motor by simply cleaning it out and to let everyone else know that, for me, that method worked.

It took about an hour, but it saved me the cost of the new window motor and possibly the installation.

I took the door panel off and apart using the directions and instructions on the site and in a post, and then removed the cap from the motor. I then removed the internal part, cleaned off all the carbon residue and put everything back together. Before this, my window would not work most of the time... and banging the door sometimes resulted in the use of the window for a bit...

Now the window works again every time.

Thanks everyone!

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Update: After a few weeks the problems have resurfaced...
Here is a great HOW TO article written by SmoothZ for taking everything apart and getting at the motor.

https://www.350z-tech.com/forums/index.php?...c=37708&hl=

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I had that printed off .. managed to find it.

Was a post by daczone

https://www.350z-tech.com/forums/inde...howtopic=36887
post #5 in that thread.

Seems to me that this is an excellent example of what needs to be in the wiki. There are LOT of people who post with this problem.

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I need to do that soon, probably on Memorial Day weekend. I figured that cleaning it first would be ideal before going to the dealership and getting ripped off.

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Yeah, thats the one ETraxx...

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Okay I fixed my window... Sorry I didn't talk pictures for a walk through... But it wasn't hard at all.

Here is what I did.

Remove the Door Panel (See instructions for that).

Once you have the door panel off, leave the cables connected to the door panel and just move it so it's out of the way.

Now remove ALL of the black 10mm bolts from the silver door panel.

In the Z the window AND motor are all bolted to this panel.

Now remove the 2 upper 10mm bolts (Gold in color)

Also remove the 2 lower 12mm bolts (Gold in color)

Remove the 3 10mm bolts that hold the motor to this panel. (Note we aren't removing anything... just getting access to that pesky motor)

Slowly pull the silver panel away from the door. Note... It has the weight of the window on it. So do this slowly. Once pulled away there is one cable runing to the back of the door on the upper track. Unsnap it from it's plastic (white piece) so it's not in the way.

You will clearly see the motor as it faces UP. There are 3 phillips screws. Remove them and pull that housing with the stator (The part of the motor with the windings on it) out.

Now you will probably see the problem with your window motor. The brushes rub against the communicator (The brass/ copper part) and mine was caked with grease/dirt. I cleaned mine with WB40 to break up the grease (carefull not to remove the grease/lube from the end of the shaft). I then took sandpaper and sanding these contracts back to their orginal copper/brass color.

Once done: Replace everything and enjoy your power window again.

And the money you just saved.
That worked like a charm for me... the hardest part was getting the panel to come off nice and easy and then putting the inner panel back together... but it wasnt an impossible tast.

For anyone that has window problems and a slight bit of mechanical ability - I highly suggest trying this first before spending $300+ on getting a new window motor installed!

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Printed...

Hopefully, I have time tomorrow to try this out since I'm having major problems with it. I plan on taking pics and posting them.

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Hopefully, I have time tomorrow to try this out since I'm having major problems with it. I plan on taking pics and posting them.
That would be extremely helpful! Looking forward to trying this out during the summer (in a month or two). My passenger window is causing a few problems and I'm quite sure the motor is fine, just dirty.

Good luck for the window!
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QUOTE (SmoothZ @ May 18 2008, 09:46 AM) As I updated in SmoothZ's post, my window problems have resurfaced this weekend again... not sure what steps to take next.

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Interesting that the problem came back. I guess if it happens to me, I'll just take it apart and clean it some more.

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My window stopped working today.

How much for a new window motor?

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