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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: 99,272 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, , 40,000 mi

    The problem came on not long after I purchased the car. The dealer replace them serveral times under warrenty,
    but its my problem now

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  • Visitor, , 152,000 mi

    The power windows will roll down fine but will not roll up on the drivers side. I have determined that the cause is a power window motor failure. I am have only been able to get the window to go up only a centimeter or so at a time. The drivers side window is currently stuck down about an inch with the motor not responding. The part cost is $67 at a Chevrolet dealer plus labor. The motor assembly is riveted into place instead of being secured with bolts. DIY repair appears simple but proper motor removal and replacement could be more difficult due to placement and mounting.

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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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