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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: 100,258 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, , 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, , 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, , 200,000 mi

    The driver's side window motor quit working and the passenger side one is very slow.

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  • Visitor, , 142,500 mi

    Passenger side window was sluggish when I bought the car used, 135,000 miles. Soon after it would only moved few inches at a time. Had to wait few minutes and it would move a few more inches. Cold weather compounded the issue. Some months later same problem now with driver side. Switch works, motors are getting power, tracks are well lubed. Regulators need to be replaced. Chevy needs to own up to this!

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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, , 52,250 mi

    Back passenger side window went down about 6 inches now wont move at all.

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  • The power windows stopped working. There are no replacement motors for the car anymore unless you want to pay a lot of money. The car is almost on its last legs now and I refused to put more money into it.

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