Where to begin..
I tried to repair this problem today, spent 2 1/2- 3 hours on my efforts.. total disappointment
.. and found a nasty problem..
Before I begin, Well I went ahead and ordered that part from the post above at Discount Body Parts - 2007 Saturn sky replacement window motor repc468701 - 2007 Saturn Sky Replacement Window Motor
and received it as ordered. (I didn't want to take it all apart and find out that I did need it), so much for trying to get ahead of the game.
Check out the picture from the OEM part (left) and the one received...
First of all, the part received is nothing like the original, look closely and you will see that unfortunately the holes do not line up, (not even close) the OEM part is also threaded AND the power plug is on the opposite side, so much for trying to save $170.. the gears are totally different AND I'm glad I didn't order from gmpartsdirect either, since we can't return the part. As it stands now, I don't need the motor, with these guys, we will see tomorrow when I call them if they will refund anything, especially since it is the wrong part ..stay tuned on that, and here I thought I would be a hero and find a 3rd party part for us...
So once that I determined the part was SOL, I looked closely at the whole mechanism assembly, and saw some corrosion while the window was fully up..
Well, I decided to clean it all out, I used "everything I had"
which is considerable, soften the crap up a bit and used my high power compressor to blow all the gunk out, and was successful in cleaning out all the gunge, rust and crap off the spindle assembly.. (right proud of myself, thought I fixed my problem cause the original motor IS OK).
Check out the corrosion on the cables..
Sorry for those 2 crappy pics.. (I was angry by then)
So I reassembled it all back up thinking I was home free.. (Yea right)
No where near,
I started to lower the window and heard like what I would describe a "crunching" sound.. so I thought WTF.. as I played with it to ID the horrible sound, it was the steel cable (I assume its steel) unraveling.
. Once you shine a light inside the door,Holy crap,
now I understand why I got stabbed when cleaning the spindle assembly earlier, I was suspicious then, but that "one little wire is nothing", I thought, right? holy cow the whole thing was unraveling for the FRONT part of the cable assembly.. And then nothing, the motor over heated and shut down when I was trying to get the dam window closed again, then I started seeing ..$$$$ signs starting crossing my eyes.. I thought I was SOL.. BTW, that "crushing" sound was there before, that is why the window "jams" problem was the unraveled cable can't get into the small hole of the tube..you just don't think about a cable is unraveling when I found the problem initially on my OP.
So here I am, thinking of what I want to do. Who knows what the entire window assembly goes for, OR how much it would cost,
I also don't know if I have the knowledge, talent or the tools to even attempt this repair, even if I could get the entire part assembly..
Anyway, sorry for the long post, I wanted to post it today since it is all fresh in my memory.. I'll have to discuss with my wife tonight when she gets home if we want to fix this, cause it is a problem with BOTH windows..sadly.. Who wants to ride with the rag top down and the windows up?/ not me..
Now the little things, expensive
little things on this car are starting to pile up, needless to say, I am deeply disappointed tonight..
I will say this in the cars defense. This car was only garage when hurricanes hit, so in 5 1/2 years, this car has been thru ALL the elements down here in south florida, rain up the gazoo, heats, etc etc.. The corrosion has a mysterious way of getting into our stuff down here, even tho this car has only smelled salt water 2-3 time.. the elements however over time will 'eat" everything.. yes even down here..