Cutlass Ciera

Power Window Not Working Due to Window Motor on Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 110,966 (8,000–300,000)
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996
35 people reported this problem
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The car is 1989 and it's 300000km. I replaced the window motor with one from a "Pick and Pull". It was a very frustrating, difficult and long process. You have to take off the door paneling. There are rivets attaching the motors to the doors. You must use a motor from the same side of the car or it won't fit. I ended up just using cotter pins and zip ties to anchor them into place and the one I did like that 5 years ago is still working fine. Right now two of our four windows motors are broken. I must admit I have more knowledge and tools then I did 5 years ago when I did the first one but wow that first one made me mad...
The driver side window is the only window i have any problems with. I use two hands to make it go up..:( hate it...
I just got my 1989 Cutlass Cierra and the windows are not working. I openned the fiberglass portion of the door on the driver side. I just simply pushed the wires all the way in and all four windows worked perfectly. I was just a loose connection in my case.
My driver side window works but I think it moves slower than it should but it works and the other three of the four move really slow and sometimes stop mid way and some won't go back up. When i try to get it to go back up i would try it once a day and it would move maybe 1/22 inch or so??? I don't if its the motor or the switch or anything esle
Passenger side window would not operate up or down. After removing inner door panel (best to use trim removal pry bars to lessen risk of damaging the many plastic finned plug-snaps), circuitry to switches and then motor itself tested fine, therefore a faulty motor. To replace the window motor, two rivets on the motor assembly must be drilled out along with the two rivets on the drive belt track. The two lower sash bolts that hold the window itself must be loosened enough (not removed) to be able to slip the heavy nylon plate down. This will allow the entire motor/belt track mechanism to be maneuvered enough to drill out the three rivets which hold the window motor to the belt drive "transmission." All removed rivets are replaced with nuts and bolts provided with the replacement motor. The re-attachment of the window motor to the drive assembly is accomplished between the door I'm not even certain the entire motor/drive/belt track can be removed in one piece.

Yes, the water protector sheet between the inner door panel and the inner metal door skin will have to cut (and then later taped) to gain access to the window motor/drive assembly.

When re-assembling, make certain the heavy nylon plate attached to the belt track is in the correct alignment with the lower sash bolts BEFORE bolting the motor assembly into place. (No need to explain why the word "before" is capitalized, right? lol....) When re-installing the inner door panel make certain the top lip hangs over the inner window frame--so it's somewhat snug with the window, then work from the top--> down to re-insert the finned plastic plugs into the holes on the inner door skin. Don't forget to slide in the door lock rod and the handle through the door panel slots as you work your way down. About a half-dozen screws that were previously removed are then re-installed. This project took me several I had to sort through each removal process blindly....and I do all of the repairs and maintenance on the family's 5 vehicles---two of which are vintage cruise night show cars. As far as power window motor replacements, this is by FAR the most difficult ever!! I had to laugh at some of the YouTube videos showing power window replacements on other vehicles---taking less than an hour at most!! Hah----not THIS bear!!
Drivers window will not go up. Must try, help by pulling upward, wait until it cools, try again.
Never sure if I can actually get window fully up.