OEM & Aftermarket Window Regulator – Everything You Need To Know

Aftermarket Parts, Heavy Trucks, OEM Parts, Repair Shop Tips | August 9, 2022

What are Window Regulators, and Why Are They Important?

Window regulators are an essential part of any vehicle. They allow the driver and passengers to open and close the windows, regulating fresh air flow into the cabin. However, window regulators can also be a source of annoyance and frustration. Cheaply made regulators are prone to sticking, making it difficult to open and close the windows. In extreme cases, they can even become jammed, trapping passengers inside the vehicle. That’s why choosing a quality window regulator is important when shopping for parts. 

There are Two Main Types of Regulators: Cable Drive Regulators (Electric) vs. Manual Crank 

Cable drive regulators use a cable connected to a button to raise and lower the window by just pushing a button. On the other hand, manual cranks use a handle connected directly to the window motor to raise and lower the window. 

Both types of regulators have their advantages and disadvantages. Manual crank regulators are generally more cost efficient to repair but can be harder to operate. In contrast, cable drive regulators are more expensive but much easier to use. 

How Can a Window Regulator Break and How To Fix It

Here are some common problems that can occur with window regulators:

1) Cable drive regulators can sometimes become dislodged from their mounts. This usually happens when the window is opened or closed too forcefully. To fix this problem, you may need to reattach the cable to its mount. However, this requires opening up the door module. (Do not try to do this by yourself if you do not have the experience and the proper tools.)

2) Manual crank regulators can sometimes become stripped or damaged. This is usually caused by excessive force being applied to the crank. To fix this problem, you’ll need to replace the damaged parts with new ones.

Where can I Get High-Quality Window Regulators?

OEM window regulators are made by the same manufacturer that made your vehicle’s window parts, so they’re a perfect fit. They’re also covered by a warranty, so you can be sure they’ll work properly. Aftermarket window regulators are made by other companies and sometimes even the same company. These parts can work fine but they may not be covered under your warranty. However, they’re often less expensive than OEM parts. When shopping for window regulators, be sure to compare prices, reviews, and find out who the manufacturers are to find the best option for your vehicle.

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