Hot to Replace a Galaxie 500 Window Regulator

Written by don bowman
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The window regulator in a Ford Galaxie is of the cable and pulley type. It utilises two window regulator posts with pulleys on both ends and cable drive with a spool on the window motor. As the window motor turns, it winds the cable in either direction and with the use of the pulleys, lifts the window up or down. The biggest problem with these units is that the cable binds up and either gets fouled on the spool or the cable breaks. In some cases--about 20 per cent of the time, the motor will go bad. On some year Galaxies the motor can be replaced by itself where some years the unit is purchased as a whole unit with the regulator and motor.

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Things you need

  • Set of ¼-inch drive sockets
  • ¼-inch drive ratchet
  • ¼-inch drive short extension
  • Common screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the door panel by removing the screws below the armrest and the door handle. Insert the screwdriver in-between the door panel and the door at the bottom outside, and pop the panel loose around the outside circumference.

  2. 2

    Lift the door panel away from the door just enough to detach the wire connectors to the window switch and the light on the lower outside. Cut the cable if the window is all the way up and cannot be pulled down. Pull the window down enough to remove the bolts holding the window to the regulator.

  3. 3

    Remove the wire connector on the window motor. Remove the nuts on the top and bottom of both regulator posts. Remove the bolts holding the window motor. Lift the window up all the way by hand and carefully wedge the screwdriver between the window and the window rubber to hold the window up.

  4. 4

    Remove the regulator with the window motor. Install the new window regulator after holding it up and making sure that it is situated properly. Insert the window post into the holes that they came out of on the top and bottom and install the nuts. Install the bolts into the window motor.

  5. 5

    Hold the window so it does not fall and remove the screwdriver used as a wedge, then lower the window slowly until the holes line up with the holes in the regulator, and insert the bolts. Connect the wiring connector to the window motor. Reconnect the wire connectors to the window switch and the lower light. Install the door panel in reverse order of removal.

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