How to Replace a Window Regulator on a Jeep Grand Cherokee

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How to Replace a Window Regulator on a Jeep Grand Cherokee
Don't get stuck at a toll booth with an inoperable window. (broken car window glass image by Nino Pavisic from

Power windows are one of the most reliable electrical components on a car. The most common mechanism in a power window is the regulator. The regulator raises and lowers the window. The button-operated regulator on a power window is similar to the regulator on a hand-cranked window. Getting to the regulator on a Jeep Grand Cherokee and replacing the regulator require patience. Having a helper handy is definitely a good idea for this repair.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Window regulator

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  1. 1

    Lower the window. Turn off the engine, open the bonnet and disconnect the negative battery cable.

  2. 2

    Pop the plug covers and door handle cover off the trim with a flathead screwdriver. Remove the retaining screws from the trim panel, armrest and door handle with a Phillips screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Insert a putty knife between the door and the trim panel. Work around the entire outer edge of the trim panel to disengage the retaining clips.

  4. 4

    Lift the trim panel up and over the door handle. Remove the trim panel. Unplug the wiring harness from the power window switch panel. Remove the door trim from the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Peel the water deflector away from the door. Do not tear the water deflector.

  6. 6

    Pry the weather stripping and mouldings out of the door glass opening with a putty knife. Remove the two nuts retaining the window glass with a socket and ratchet.

  7. 7

    Slide the glass until the holes line up with the holes in the track. Lift the glass out of the door.

  8. 8

    Remove the seven window regulator-to-door and channel screws with a socket and ratchet. Loosen the lower left screw with a socket and ratchet. Do not remove the screw.

  9. 9

    Remove the regulator from the door.

  1. 1

    Install the regulator. Install and tighten the channel and window regulator-to-door screws with a socket and ratchet.

  2. 2

    Slide the door glass into position. Tighten the two retaining nuts with a socket and ratchet.

  3. 3

    Plug the power window electrical harness into the power window panel. Place the trim panel in position. Press the trim panel into place until the retaining clips engage. A popping noise is made when the clips are engaged.

  4. 4

    Install the armrest, door pull and remaining retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Push the trim plugs and door handle cover into place.

  5. 5

    Connect the negative battery cable. Turn the ignition to the "On" position. Raise and lower the window to check for proper operation.

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