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Easy to Install & Better than OEM Part Nov 11, 2012
If you own a Ford F150 model years 2004-2008 there's a good chance you'll have to replace a window regulator like this one. A quick Google search reveals window regulators on F150's for the model years stated show numerous complaints and documentation of the failure rate and design flaw. This Dorman window regulator is a very good replacement part at a very good price. While you can't plan for the failure if you have a few metric drivers, a small pry like a flathead screwdriver and on some models a utility knife this install is fairly easy.
There are several good YouTube videos that accurately show and describe a typical install which will show you exactly what to expect. If you have the tools and a little time this install should be easily accomplished. You'll be glad you saved yourself the money on this relatively easy DIY project. I have now installed 2 window regulators in the past month, both Dorman's. The first caught me off guard on a work day when I came out to find my window had fallen down due to a broken window regulator and it was cloudy out. I had a mobile window professional install that one at my place of work for $225 which was a very good install rate according to what others stated on Internet posts. The range is up to $500 at a Ford dealer. The second happened today, Saturday, and I found the part at my local auto-parts store for about $127 with tax.
Now that I realize Amazon sells them I will secure the window with tape and order from Amazon if I have to replace the other two regulators. They work just like OEM parts but are enhanced for better reliability according to the manufacture. I would highly recommend this replacement part for your vehicle, ordering form Amazon and doing the install yourself if you have the tools and time available.
EDIT: January 22, 2013
Well just ordered the regulator for the other rear door. In roughly the last three months three of the four have failed. It must be a conspiracy, kidding of course. Only one broke while the window was actually being rolled up while the other two were noticed because I tried to roll down the window or the window simply fell. Typically they break upon the window reaching the maximum up position but the user never realizes it for the window is held in place at least temporarily by the window seal. The window actually stops the upward motion not by a maximum position designed into the regulator but by resistance detected which trips the electrical circuit. Hence the plastic part which I will describe in more detail in a moment apparently becomes more brittle over time is stressed each time the window is rolled up. The plastic part eventually breaks under the stress from the resistance before the circuit is broken or at the very least becomes significantly weakened over time until failure occurs during window operation.
So this morning I noticed the rear window was down a few inches after leaving for work. I tried to roll up the window for that window had not been down for at least a week perhaps two and then I heard the now familiar slapping of the broken cable inside the door. The part that actually breaks is a plastic piece which affixes at the cables end and connects to move the window up or down inside the regulator frame. Once broken you have little options for a secure hassle free fix other than to replace the entire assembly. If window function is not a priority you could engineer your window to be closed permanently or attempt to repair the broken plastic part. However considering the size and function of the part it probably is a better idea to simply replace the regulator which is sold only as a complete unit if you've gone to the trouble of removing the necessary components to attempt any solution or repair. You must take the door panel off no matter what solution you choose so it is just as easy at that point to simply replace the regulator unless your permanent fix is gaudy tape visible inside the vehicle which would NOT require removing any door components obviously. My temporary solution until I receive the Dorman regulator I ordered via Amazon was to pull the window fully up and tape it in place so I can replace the regulator this weekend. If you do not tape the window in place it will continue to fall to a complete down position for the only force keeping it up is the resistance present from the weather strip molding around the window.
Now that three of the four have failed in such a relatively short period of time together I figure it won't be long before I'm ordering the last one for the front passenger door. The others I replaced work great, function normally and with normal window operational sound. There really is no difference except these are engineered to supposedly fix the original manufacturers design flaw which is causing the failure on so many vehicle's window regulators in the F150.
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doesn't even come close to fitting! Jul 24, 2013
By Melissa Olson
I used the proper buying guide and the motor plug doesn't even come close to fitting! Beware when selecting product.
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Good Nov 02, 2012
My rear passenger window on my 2004 f150 lariat stopped working one day and fell to the open position. I researched solution's and bought this product. It shipped fast and was an exact fit. Much sturdier than the original stock assembly. I recommend this product.
Great product plus inexpensive Dec 02, 2013
Great replacement. OEM quality. Went online to see how to install and found a number of installation videos that helped me to install for first time. Works great
Suitable drop in replacement regulator for Ford F150, 4 Full Doors... Nov 22, 2013
By Matthew D Baker
Drop in replacement for existing. Install went OK. Delivery was good. I think it's a little underpowered but that might just be my imagination.
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