Average Cost to Replace a Power Window Motor for a Sedan
A power window motor is a crucial part of any automatic window regulator system. The window regulator in your vehicle is what is responsible for moving the window up and down. Without a properly functioning window regulator, you will be unable to open or close the window in your car. If you have an automatic window regulator system, a power motor failure can disable the functionality in one window, multiple windows or even in all of the windows in your vehicle. The costs associated with repairing these damages vary depending upon both the type of car (i.e. a luxury sedan repair job is more expensive than a lower grade sedan repair job) and on the exact damage that has occurred to the motor.
Considerations to Keep in Mind
The window regulator in your sedan is made up of several different components. The power motor is what drives the electrical system that operates the motor in your vehicle, but there are dozens of other smaller components that may also contribute to the same result in your window— that the window itself doesn't open or close. Without having an expert open up your car door to access the window regulator system, you will not know the full extent of the damage to the system, nor will you be able to know exactly how much it will cost to repair the problem.
In some cases, once a professional has a chance to examine the situation, he or she will be able to fix the problem quickly and for very little money; if a certain fuse is blown or another small issue has come up, for instance, it's a relatively easy task to replace the minor part and get the window functioning again. In these cases, the cost of repairing the window motor will include the cost of the labor as well as the small cost of the replacement part.
In other situations, however, the entire system or the motor itself must be replaced.
Average Cost for Full Replacement of Power Window Motor
If your power window motor itself has blown out or is otherwise completely nonfunctional, you'll need to have the entire system replaced. The cost of a motor varies depending upon the type of car, but it usually runs in the area of $150 to $300 dollars. Generally speaking, however, the process for accessing the motor system and repairing the window regulator in a sedan is typically the same, no matter what the type of sedan is.
It usually takes a worker several hours of labor in order to access the interior window regulator system, replace the existing power motor and close the sedan door back up again. This can add several hundred dollars to the total cost of the project. Generally, the total cost is somewhere between $500 and $1000, depending upon the exact motor and the amount of labor that it takes to repair the system.