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Window Regulator Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Window Regulator Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$190

Talent:

****

Tools:

Rivet gun, drill, T30 Torx driver, 10mm socket

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Window regulator

Hot Tip:

Follow the directions closely and take your time

Performance Gain:

Windows operate correctly once again

Complementary Modification:

Replace window motor

Have you gotten tired of having to open your door to get your burger at the drive thru window? Does your window kink to one side when you're trying to raise it? Perhaps it's time to replace your window regulator. The difficulty of this project varies depending upon which year car you have, but the results are immediate and quite rewarding. Not much is better than driving in your C30 with the windows down on a nice sunny day. Having a broken window regulator can surely put a damper on that.

Replacing the window regulator and motor is not particularly a difficult procedure but it does involve some detailed steps to make sure that the window works properly. You'll need to follow a few steps before beginning the job. I recommend disconnecting the battery beforehand to prevent any damage to both the car and yourself. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information. Additionally, you'll need to remove the outer door handle, the door panel and disconnect the electrical connection going to the outer door mirror. See our articles on Outer Door Handle Removal, Door Panel Removal and Outside Mirror Removal for more information.

Once the new regulator is in place, re-connect the battery, turn the ignition on and hold the window switch up for a few seconds. This will calibrate the motor to the new regulator.

Use some painter's tape to hold the window up inside the door.
Figure 1

Use some painter's tape to hold the window up inside the door. You'll need to hold this up when the regulator is removed.

Loosen but do not remove the 10mm bolts (green arrows) around the perimeter of the inner door frame.
Figure 2

Loosen but do not remove the 10mm bolts (green arrows) around the perimeter of the inner door frame.

Loosen and remove the three T30 Torx screws holding the door latch to the inner door frame.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the three T30 Torx screws holding the door latch to the inner door frame.

Press the tabs on the electrical connections going to the window motor and pull them off.
Figure 4

Press the tabs on the electrical connections going to the window motor and pull them off. Now loosen and remove the three T30 Torx screws holding the window motor to the inner door frame and remove the motor.

Shown here are the four rivets (green arrows) holding the window regulator to the inner door frame.
Figure 5

Shown here are the four rivets (green arrows) holding the window regulator to the inner door frame. You'll need to drill through the rivets with a small drill bit to release the regulator from the inner door panel. Once the regulator is free, remove the 10mm bolts holding the inner door panel in place and carefully maneuver the panel off the door.

This picture shows the regulator (green arrow) inside the door.
Figure 6

This picture shows the regulator (green arrow) inside the door. I've included this picture with the window further down inside to more clearly show how the mechanism attaches to the glass.

The regulator is held to the window with two rubber lined clamps as shown here.
Figure 7

The regulator is held to the window with two rubber lined clamps as shown here. Make sure that the window is firmly held up with the tape and loosen the 10mm bolt (green arrow) on each clamp. Once free, remove the old regulator. Place the new regulator in the door and fit the clamps on the window glass. At this point, place the inner door panel back on the door, but allow enough space to get your arm inside. You'll need to position the regulator.

Shown here is the door panel back on the door.
Figure 8

Shown here is the door panel back on the door. Position the new window regulator so that you can secure the regulator to the door panel using the three T30 Torx screws (green arrows) that hold the motor on. Once in place, rotate the arms of the regulator so that the mounting holes line up with the mounting holes of the door panel (yellow arrow). Once they line up, use a rivet gun to secure the regulator in place. Remove the three T30 Torx screws and re-fit the motor. At this point, you're ready to tighten down the 10mm bolts, install the door panel and re-connect the battery. Hold the window switch upwards with the ignition on for a few seconds to calibrate the motor and the regulator.


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