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Old 04-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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I have posted this problem on the VWVortex forum but I am having no luck in getting any help or even a response.

I know that VW Jetta's are known to have window regulator problems.

We bought our 97 Jetta a few months back and it has some issues that we were/are aware of. Once being the window regulator.

We have a replacement regulator which works fine but I have NO CLUE how to install this thing. I have looked on youtube, posted questions for any detailed help someone could give, but no luck. I need to remove the regulator that is in place with the "used one that works".

I have checked my manual as well but without being able to see behind the inner door panel, I don't know what exactly I am unscrewing and what will be effected. I have no way of knowing what will be coming apart in the process.

I have the actual regulator, not attached to any of the window track.........can this be installed in place of the old one or does the whole thing have to be removed?

I am attaching a link to some photos of the part I have.

http://s804.photobucket.com/albums/y...w%20regulator/

Can anyone offer any help on this matter?


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Old 04-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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I see it as you have two options.

1. Pay for 30 day subscription to Chiltons to get the repair manual: http://seo.chiltonsonline.com/Pub/DI...=Repair&b=7423
2. Go to the library (WHAT?!? Those still exist!) and look at the Chilton's manual for a '97 Jetta. You may get lucky and a local bookstore might even have one that is on the shelf and able to be referenced.

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:47 PM   #3
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Will the Chiltons book differ from the Haynes manual I currently have?
http://www.haynes.com/products/productID/242

I have never looked in a Chilton's before. Does it have more detail?
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Your best option on any car you want to repair is to get a Factory Service Manual. The FSM's are far superior to any Chilton or Haynes. I won't even look at those any more. If you plan on keeping the car and doing the work on it, get an FSM.

Here are a couple of links that might help:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7870913_repl...996-jetta.html

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=100381


If the window is stuck in the up position, remove the door panel and cut the regulator cable. You'll probably have to replace it anyway.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:18 AM   #5
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thank you, I will look in to this further. I'd like to get this done this weekend.
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I know this is not the exact model but from my experience manufacturers don't vary much from model to model.

http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/m...-repair-VW.htm
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Will the Chiltons book differ from the Haynes manual I currently have?
http://www.haynes.com/products/productID/242

I have never looked in a Chilton's before. Does it have more detail?
My experience is that Chiltons manuals are crap. I've used a lot of Haynes manuals, but have been really disappointed in the one for the old Volvo I bought.
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My experience is that Chiltons manuals are crap. I've used a lot of Haynes manuals, but have been really disappointed in the one for the old Volvo I bought.

I completely agree on both Haynes and Chiltons. I had a Haynes for my Celica. To remove the transmission the manual states "remove everything from the transmission that keeps it attached." I thought, "that's real helpful".

I closed it, took it back and bought a Factory Service Manual set.
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I completely agree on both Haynes and Chiltons. I had a Haynes for my Celica. To remove the transmission the manual states "remove everything from the transmission that keeps it attached." I thought, "that's real helpful".

I closed it, took it back and bought a Factory Service Manual set.
Exactly.

Honestly, I continue to find FAR more useful information on the internet than I've ever found in the manuals. Discussion forums for specific vehicles have been invaluable to me - especially for old odd-ball vehicles I've restored, like the old Volvo I'm currently in.
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Exactly.

Honestly, I continue to find FAR more useful information on the internet than I've ever found in the manuals. Discussion forums for specific vehicles have been invaluable to me - especially for old odd-ball vehicles I've restored, like the old Volvo I'm currently in.
Yep, again agree. Forums are the BEST source for information on the planet. Just about every weird issue I have come across from cars, houses, to programming, computers, someone has run it before and solved it.
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Yep, again agree. Forums are the BEST source for information on the planet. Just about every weird issue I have come across from cars, houses, to programming, computers, someone has run it before and solved it.
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In addition to getting a Factory Service Manual (get ALL books, 4 very detailed books to set sometimes), go to a wrecking yard and find the same vehicle. See how that door panel comes apart.
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That is a good point as well.
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I did get my hands on a Bentley service manual for the Jetta and opened it up to the part that talks about the window regulator/motor. It shows which screws/bolts to take out but not much more detail other than that.....

The DIY videos that I see show replacing the regulator but I can find NOTHING on replacing only the motor........I don't want to ruin the whole track set up since I'm not familiar with the process. Which is why I'm trying to get a detailed video or something of that sort

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