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How to Replace Window Regulator 93-11 Ford Ranger

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How to Replace Window Regulator 93-11 Ford Ranger

Created on: 2010-07-30

Watch this video to learn how to replace the window regulator in your 93-11 Ford Ranger. You can do it yourself and 1A Auto is here to show you how!

  1. step 1 :Disconnect the battery
    • Use your 8 mm wrench to disconnect the negative battery terminal
  2. step 2 :Remove the door panel
    • Remove the two Phillips screws under the door pull.
    • Remove the door pull panel and unplug the wiring harness.
    • Unscrew two more Phillips screws.
    • Pull the door panel up and off.
    • Carefully remove the water shield
  3. step 3 :Remove the window regulator
    • Disconnect the window regulator harness.
    • Remove the window from the regulator by drilling out the rivets.
    • Tape the window up and secure out of the way.
    • Remove the rivets mounting the window regulator by drilling them out with a 3/8 drill bit.
    • Carefully finesse the regulator out of the door.
  4. step 4 :Install the new window regulator
    • Place the regulator into the door
    • Replace the bolts and lock nuts and tighten.
    • Plug in the wiring harness.
    • Carefully un-tape the window and bolt the window into the regulator.
    • Test the regulator before reassembling the door panel.
    • See our other videos for more detailed door panel reassembly instructions.
    • Reconnect the negative battery terminal with your 8 mm wrench

Tools needed for replacement

  • Drills, Drill Bits & Related

    3/8 Inch Drill Bit


  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Wrenches - Metric

    8mm Wrench

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20+ year's experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from The right parts installed correctly that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video we're going to kind of show you the basics of a window regulator replacement on this Ford Ranger. This requires drilling of rivets and this Ranger didn't have a bad window regulator so I don't actually go through the full process. I basically show you how to get to the regulator and then what you do once you're there, but again this truck didn't have a bad regulator so I didn't want to drill it.

Tools you're going to need: an 8mm wrench to disconnect the battery, a Philips and flat blade screwdriver to take the door panel apart, a drill with a 3/8 bit, and then some short nuts and bolts and the wrenches and sockets you'll need to tighten those nuts and bolts.

So the first thing you're going to want to do is disconnect your negative battery cable. Start by removing two screws that are right down here under the door panel. They're both Phillips screws. Once we've removed those screws, you actually just pull on this panel and it snaps in at the top so just carefully give it a good tug. You'll see that there are clips up here and one down here to hold it. Now you actually want to push all these switches through. They all kind of have little thumb tabs that you push on to come through. This mirror switch use a little screwdriver and kind of work it in there and pull it off and feed that harness back through. Then push that switch through. Take the lock switch and push it through using a screw driver to work it in. Put that harness through. Power window switch has a couple of screws on it. I like to take them off before I feed the switch through. It's just a little easier. Take the power window switch here and push it down and push that tab down. Once you have the window switch through, then you just want to pop this bezel off which is on the top of the bottom kind of pry up like that. Pry up like that and that bezel comes off. Then you can feed that through the panel. That's off, and now you want to remove two more screws, one here and one down here. Once those screws are out then you just lift up on the panel. Lift it up over the door lock here and then it comes off. On the back side it just has a bunch of hooks that hook into the door.

To access the inside of the door you'll need to remove this shield. Just do it very carefully because this protects your door panel and stuff from getting water in it. So if you're looking to replace your window regulator, I've got a new one here so you just kind of can see it is fastened with four rivets here so it's basically in there like that. And then here's the arm that attaches to the window so what you would do is drill out these four rivets. Use about a 3/8-inch drill bit. Drill out those rivets and then support your window, probably have a helper just kind of hold the window and then you slide the regulator out, and it disconnects right here. This is the window motor connection which is nothing more than just use a screwdriver and pull this little tab up a little bit and disconnect it. But then like I said, this car has a good window regulator in it so I don't want to drill it out and put it back in, but you are going to want to have short bolts, short nuts and bolts that just go through here a little bit and fasten so that nothing contacts on the back side. Sorry I can't do a little more in depth than that, but like I said this is a good regulator. I don't want to drill the rivets out of this truck and put a new one in there when it doesn't really need one, but that's basically how you get to the regulator and what you need to do to replace it.

Now here I'm just going to fast forward through putting the door panel back on. If you do want to see this in real time just check out our other videos and you'll see the video for the Ranger door panel, and that takes you through it in regular time. And, again, hope this really helps you out. Again, one more time sorry we couldn't actually do a regulator, do one on these Rangers. This one just happened to be good and I just didn't want to drill out the door, and replace a regulator that didn't really need to be replaced, but it's not all that difficult and you should probably be able to handle it with this video so we hope it helps you and thank you very much.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Drills, Drill Bits & Related

  • 3/8 Inch Drill Bit
  • Drill

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench

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