Window Failure in a Toyota Camry – Regulator or Motor Issue?

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Chloe Jennifer Anderson asked 4 months ago
I'm facing an issue with my 2006 Toyota Camry's front driver-side window. A few months ago, it stopped working. Initially, when I tried to roll it up, there was a loud clicking noise, and it wouldn't rise. Later, the window completely fell into the door and now can't stay up. I'm trying to figure out whether the problem lies with the window regulator or the motor. Any insights into which part might be causing this issue would be immensely helpful.
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Zack Norman Staff answered 4 months ago
Hello there, Chloe! Let's dive into your window issue. From your description, the problem sounds more like a faulty window regulator. Typically, when a window drops into the door or moves freely by hand, it's the regulator that's broken. However, the clicking noise you mentioned could also point towards a motor issue. To confirm, you could remove the door panel and visually inspect both the regulator and motor. If you find the regulator broken or the motor not functioning properly, that's your culprit. Many colleagues in the industry, and from my own experience, I'd advise replacing both as a unit, especially in older models like yours, for convenience and to prevent future issues. If you're considering a DIY approach, consider purchasing the motor/regulator assembly. It's often not much more expensive than the individual parts and simplifies the repair process. Plus, it's a one-time fix, saving you the hassle of dismantling the door panel again in the near future. For a more accurate diagnosis, it might be wise to consult a professional mechanic. They can provide a definitive answer and help you with the replacement if needed. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team