RE: [DML] Window Motor update!
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RE: [DML] Window Motor update!

Wow,  I was only half right.  I have to correct what I said below.

I replaced a bad widow drive in my drivers door with a good oem assembly - that took 20 minutes.

My wife and I have both tried for nearly an hour each to install the new upgraded unit from houston.  Its like trying to fit a suit of armor into a beer bottle.  I'm sure it fits somehow, but we can not get it into the door.

Any tips?


-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Tom Tait
Sent: Tue 4/22/2008 9:22 AM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [DML] Window Motor update!


Nice to know this is a possible approach, but for the record U wanted to
mention that a few weeks ago I swapped out my drivers side window
regulator, and it only took about 20 minutes once I had the door open.


The directions in the shop manual are fine and it wasn't particularly
hard.  I hope your rebuilt motor gives you many years of reliable
service.  If not, the swap is nothing to be scared of.




From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Ed B.
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2008 2:23 PM
To: DMC_News
Subject: [DML] Window Motor update!


Thanks to those who responded with tips & help. There are many 
look-a-like motors from Bosch, and I actually have a couple of older 
Audi motor/regulators lying around which I was hoping I could use 
[electrical connectors are different, but easy enough to splice into], 
but the mounting tabs are different heights than the one used with the 
DeLorean. Also, I am unsure if the worm-gears are all the same 
pitch/thread, etc. Anyway... here's the update on the window motor, if 
anyone's interested:

I removed the actual motor from the gear/cable unit (two screws securing

the motor here) and I noticed that inside was pretty rusty and there was

one broken solder joint. I cleaned everything up with electrical 
contact cleaner and a small, stiff brush, re-soldered the broken joint 
(touched-up the others while I was at it), put a little graphite lube 
everywhere, sparingly, and rotated the worm gear by hand until all felt 
nice and smooth. Connected 12VDC and presto - working good as new. I 
re-installed the motor, connected power and tested OK, but the assembly 
still was sticky. I lubed the rails and cable assembly, and now I have 
a working window once again. A LOT easier and than doing the entire 
regulator assembly.

This is likely not a lasting solution, however, so I went ahead and 
bought a replacement "new-style" regulator, just in case. I'm hoping to 
sell the DMC this year, and the only thing wrong with the car was that 
damn window motor -- certainly didn't want to burden a potential new 
owner with fixing a window, so all is well now and later, if need be.

Thanks again...
- ed
1982 DMC-12 [11594]
1986.5 928S
1990 Coupe Quattro 20V
1985 Audi Coupe GT-Turbo


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