window regulator woes

Phil Rose pjrose at
Mon Jan 2 15:16:15 EST 2006

A commonly available aftermarket regulator assembly (with motor) 
seems to be "Pimax" brand. Does anyone have a good/bad experience 
with the  Pimax units, or do you have a better alternative to 
recommend? Price seems quite (suspiciously) reasonable at about $125 
from Autohaus Arizona. (And definitely I'm not interested to spend 
time and $$ to pull one from a 15 or 16 yr-old car in a junkyard).

The old-timers might remember my posts about the "swivel-pin" repair 
I previously did on the window's pivot assembly: that repair seemed 
to keep the window working nicely for 3 years, 10 months and 16 days. 
However yesterday, the driver's window went "up" with an ominous 
clattering noise--and then on the very next attempt to use it at a 
Thruway toll booth--it remained in the "down" position (noise from 
the motor but no movement). Naturally I was 150 miles from home and 
temp was about 28 degrees F. Eventually, a bit of polyethylene 
sheeting and some duct tape managed to keep the car's interior 
remarkably comfortable (but noisy) for the trip home. I suspect a 
broken cable--or, that my lower swivel-pin has lost its grip on the 
cable. In any event, I expect to be replacing the regulator assembly 
this time around.


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at

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