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Electric Window Problem

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This may not be the best place for this question, but seemed the most sensible out of the lot.

The front passenger window today made a horrific grinding/grating noise when being wound down and then I had a fight with it to get it back up as not only was it still grinding/grating but would go up 1 inch and come back down 1/2 inch so took a while.

Any way, it is now fully closed and seems secure.

I called the dealer who can't see me for ages so I asked what the likelyhood of it just falling open of it's own accord was. They said that there was a cable inside, and as long as that was not damaged then it would stay put even if the cogs etc inside were badly damaged.

Is this true? The weather here is terrible right now and I don't want it falling open when I am not near it and filling with rain or worse attracting unwanted attention.

I thought about putting some duct tape on the outside over the metal and glass just to hold it in case but it could damage the paint and rubber so only want to do that as a last resort as it might draw attention to it for passing thieves etc as well.

I have just done about 50 miles in it and the window is solid (even with a passenger getting in and out closing the door etc.), and I can't hear anything wrattling around inside. I can get away without using the car for a few days so if it will stay up then I won't worry.
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As the garage says it sounds very much like the window regulator cables have gone - not uncommon I'm afraid. The safet way to secure the window is to remove the inner door card and prop a few bits of wood underneath the glass. Renault usually charge around 350 to repair but after-market units are available form good old Fleabay for around 60. Don't be afraid to shop around as prices for repair can vary widely and labour charge should be about one or one and a half hours. My local independent charges 100 all in
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What the garage said (over the phone so they didn't actually have a look or hear it) was that it sounded like the gears/cogs had gone.

They said it the actual cable was not damaged then it would keep the window up still until a repair could be completed.

The cost is not an issue TBH as it's on an extended warranty and I cannot conceive that this is not covered - the problem is I can't get the work done for a short time so have to live with what I have.

I assume that there are cogs/teeth on each side of the window and the chances of both sides being chewed up are slim?

The window did wind up and hasn't fallen back down - it seems firmly up. My worry is will it stay up. I don't want to park up for work and leave the car all day (in a very public place) and come back to find it dropped 10 minutes after I left it.

Like I said, I don't want to put duct tape on unless it's as a last resort as it will draw attention to it. I think it will definately do the job as it's strong, but any passing chance thief will know I have a dodgy window.

What is everyone's opinion. If the whole mechanism had failed, should I expect the window to have fallen down by now, or at least seem "loose"? Because it hasn't/doesn't so from that I assume that if I keep driving to a minimum so as not to disturb it that it "should" stay wound up?

I have never had the door panels off so don't know how to or what is involved, so don't really want to start trying (not to mention that I simply don't have the time) And am worried that taking it off and messing with it could make the window more unstable than it could already be.
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Read this thread and the post above yours. It's a coincidence both of you posting at the same time with the same problem.

Renault Laguna II - Interiors - Electric Window Problems - Regulator Repairs

A problem well stated is a problem half solved !
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I can get a doorcard off in 5 minutes
It took me 5 goes checking it, see what needed doing, trying 2 kits then fitting a mix of the original and a replacement reg that I restrung... I should be able to fit a new reg in half an hour - shame you're in Yorks - I'd do it for 25 notes (plus 60 off fleabay for the replacement reg).

If when you put one hand either side of the glass and push down it doesn't move then its ok. When mine had no wires it would still only inch down a cm after a half hour drive. Perhaps I was lucky and if it hit a bump it would have gone. What about some duct tape on the inside along the bottom? Two pieces 1 each corner should hold it.


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