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Old 22-03-10
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Hey all, it's been a while since I've visited the forums, but I need your help.

I think the window regulator has broken in the drivers side rear door of my 01 9-3. My friend was riding in back, went to put the window down, and when it got to the bottom, there was a crack sound, and the window fell into the door. This happened to me a year or two ago on the other side, but luckily I had a Saab dealer nearby. This time, I'm 45 minutes away from the nearest place that will even touch Saabs, and I'm a broke college student with not a lot of time or money.

How easy is it to replace the window innards, and is there a DIY guide somewhere? At the very least, is there something I can do to at least get the window all the way back up and disconnect the window switch so that I don't have to drive around with a garbage bag taped over the door? The weather should be nice this weekend, so I'll open up the door panel and see what exactly is busted in there and post further details.
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http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...=power+windows

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=110375

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh....php?p=1209014

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113616

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Earthworm-

Thanks for posting those forum links for us, and saving us the search! This is another one of many projects that I have to do as well on my anticipated 3 day long to-do list!

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Old 24-03-10
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Thanks for the links. I decided I'd rather monkey with my car than do homework, so I went about seeing what exactly went wrong. I got the door card off in about 10 minutes, and found that the piece in the pictures below was the culprit. I don't actually know what these pieces are called, so I would appreciate if one of you guys could tell me what the things are. It appears that the pictured piece was moved up and down by the motor. This piece appeared to connect to the frame that holds the window glass. The gray plastic piece connected to the post had snapped in half and allowed the window frame to fall into the door while this thing continued to run up and down the track.

Does all this sound correct? What parts do I need to fix this mess?

For now, I took this piece out, and got it so the window stays up and sealed, and put the door back together. Unless I have the tools or the time to do this repair, I'm going to find a Saab shop to do it for me.

Front of piece (when looking into door internals):



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Same thing happened to me couple months ago and the unfortunate news is that you are going to have to replace the entire window regulator which is very diy doable... The hard part will be finding one at a good price compared to new
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So, how do we go about removing the old regulator and getting the new one in? Anyone have some pictures? I work really well with pictures.
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IIRC, you will need to drill out 3 (maybe 5) pop rivits... Ron
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Do I have to get a riveter to replace this silly thing?
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Maybe use some sheet metal screws, or regular screws if you can get nuts on the back... Ron
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These seem to break alot. I have had two break so far between a 900NG and 9-3. They are easy enough jobs but just a nuasance.
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