Yesterday I almost was a victim of the "good ole boys" club when I bought a new window motor from an auto parts place, took it to another place only to have them REFUSE to put in something that did NOT come from a dealership. THen they had the balls to price the repair HIGHER than what the dealership did! I'm now trying to figure out if I can do this myself, OR take it to the dealership and pay their price which is also ridiculous. Is this a repair I can do myself with the proper tools and a little stubbornness on my part?
Those "good ole boys" may have been doing you a
favor. From experience, the majority of folks who bring in their own parts
bring in the wrong ones. Vehicles are so parts- specific it's almost ridicules.
Can’t tell you how many times a day we are on the phone with the parts stores
trying to get a right part. The manufactures are constantly changing them. They
can change per model or per manufacture year. Meaning, if you have a Honda
Civic that was built in December 2003 it could have a different part then a
Civic built in Jan. 2004, but they are both 2004 Honda Civics. OR, if it is a
DX model instead of an EX model, it could need a different part. Getting the
correct part can be a complicated job sometimes.
Also, Electric window problems can be a big deal. They have
to tear apart the door, and if it is the wrong part, you wouldn’t be able to
drive it. The independent shop may have priced it higher because from
experience they know it’s a pain in the butt job, and they want some leeway in
the amount of time it takes to do the job.
I would recommend you not try and do the job yourself. It’s
a difficult job, and you need electrical knowledge to do the job. If you
connected a wire incorrectly you could cause havoc to the whole electrical
system of your vehicle.
At my shop, we have a policy that we don’t use customer
supplied parts. We have been bitten too many times and had cars stuck on a lift
for days waiting for the customer to get another part. If that lift is tied up,
the shop can’t make any money.
〉 Answered on Nov 4th, 2006 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd
You can do this yourself with some basic tools. Make sure to wear rubber gloves as the greas is kind of sloppy. You will need the service manual you can buy at a parts store like Advance Auto Parts or go to the internet and search for what you are doing. The information is online. If you can get someone to help you it will be easier as someone will have to hold the glass while you replace the motor. Go for it!
But always remember that it is best to consult an ASE-certified technician before doing anything yourself.
〉 Answered on Oct 30th, 2006 by Jamey Wozniak, Owner and CEO at Joe's Hitch, Trailer & Truck Accessories