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Chevrolet Cavalier Power Window Motors May Fail From Overheating

Chevrolet Cavalier Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 100,330 mi (30,000 mi - 212,114 mi)


A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor will commonly correct this concern.

  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    The windows will only work for about 1 second at a time. After, I have to wait another minute for the windows to work again another second. I haven't had this looked at yet.

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  • Visitor, , 149,400 mi

    my passenger side window has been doing this forever...i have to wait 5 to 10 mins to make it go up anywhere i go cause it just stops..its so annoying

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  •  Rookie

    This is an awful problem on these cars, has happened to me over 5 times between my two windows.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    It first started with the driver window and then another, and another, and another. Now all windows have the same problem. GM should take responsibility and fix this problem. This is the second cavalier I own and they both had the same problem.

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  • Visitor, , 93,000 mi

    Window want go back up have to wait a few mins then try it again, Then it will go up a little then stop again. What could wrong...

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  • Visitor, , 105,000 mi

    My power window motor on my driver's side went out about a year ago and I had to pay a ridiculous amount to get it fixed which meant completely replacing the motor. It started out very sluggish and then eventually went out completely.

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    driver side window will roll up a little bit and i have to wait for the motor to cool then it works again.

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    Driver's side and rear right window. I have to remind the dealer to not let the techs who may be working on the car, to not lower these windows. Rear right window stuck about an inch down.

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  • replaced motor

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Drivers side power window will not go up. Started out that it would go down but I had been able to get it back up by pressing the key several times - it would go up a little at a time. Now it has failed completely - will go down but will not go back up at all. I noticed when it failed that there was a burning smell in the button area in the center console. I do not know it that is related but our repairman is telling me that we have to replace the window motor - rather costly at $230.

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