The mechanism that moves the window up and down is called the window regulator. In some cars, the window motor comes with the window regulator as one unit (see the photo); in others, the window motor can be replaced separately. There are two basic types of window regulators: the cable type (the top image) and the gear-drive type (the image below).

What happens when a window regulator breaks?

Window regulator problems

A broken window regulator cable can cause the window to jam or fall down inside the door. See this example, where the cable broke and the power window stopped working. Worn out cable guides or a frayed window regulator cable can cause abnormal noises when the window is moving.

How much does it cost to fix a broken electric car window?

The cost of fixing a power window depends on the parts that need replacing. The cost of labor also depends on the necessary repairs and the options your vehicle is equipped with. Because of that, the total cost can vary greatly, and is typically in the range of $100 to $300 or more.

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