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    *RANT* Ford window regulators (aero)

    <superior expletive deleted>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Second time in 2 days! Passenger regulator breaks. This time it's a manufacturing defect and not plastic fatigue (major gripe at Ford for this defective design). The "ball" on the end of the cable slipped off. Cold weld and all that. Gotta wait till tomorrow for a replacement part and hope that one works. I'm sick of having to take the door apart, window out, and regulator out of this car! Why the hell didn't they stick with the old design. Even when it failed it was easy to repair (new rivets/bolts, etc). More reliable cable drive system my ass. My 88 has 4 working window regulators and they are all original. My 93 has had the front regulators replaced twice on both sides now (counting this current episode as one replacement).

    Is there ANY replacement known to anyone that doesn't use that stupid plastic cage to hold the cable? Should I just get the next one and goop it up with plastiweld/JBweld so the cable never detaches from the cage?

    <massively long string of superior expletives deleted>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
    rides: 93 Crown Vic LX (The Red Velvet Cake), 2000 Crown Vic base model (Sandy), 2003 Expedition (the vacation beast)
    Originally posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Originally posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

    #2
    My mechanic joked that we're going to need to cut a panel on the outside of the door and put hinges on it so we can save time changing the motors
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      #3
      haven't had any issues with the motors (put ball bearings in place of the nylon plugs - no issues with plug rot), just the regulator (lift, guide, rail, whatever you wanna call it).

      Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
      rides: 93 Crown Vic LX (The Red Velvet Cake), 2000 Crown Vic base model (Sandy), 2003 Expedition (the vacation beast)
      Originally posted by gadget73
      ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
      Originally posted by dmccaig
      Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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        #4
        The 92+ setup is totally different than the box regulator. Boxes have those gear driven torture racks, aeros have this cable drive thing, and the cables snap, plus they have the plastic pills that fail like boxes. They're also more expensive.

        If you're chewing motors up on a box, you have deeper problems. Those things last 10+ years easily. I've actually got 3 24 year old motors in my car, only one of which I've rebuilt. One was replaced, and of course its the one that I have occasional trouble with. I've heard of a fair number of repeat regulator failures on aeros though, apparently the design just blows.

        86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
        5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

        91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

        1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

        Originally posted by phayzer5
        I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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          #5
          no issues with the box (save the pills - replaced with bearings so no issues now). The aero on the other hand... at least I have quarter inch thick bolts and lock washers to make the swapping easier on me. 4th time to swap one out was two days ago. (twice on the driver door and twice on the passenger door.) Tomorrow I'll get the replacement for the defective one. If the plastic cage was metal, I doubt there would be as many issues.

          Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
          rides: 93 Crown Vic LX (The Red Velvet Cake), 2000 Crown Vic base model (Sandy), 2003 Expedition (the vacation beast)
          Originally posted by gadget73
          ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
          Originally posted by dmccaig
          Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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