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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2003-2011 Saab 9-3 Front Power Window Regulator Replacement

Fits years: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

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Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • T30 Torx bit/ratchet with extension

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Door Panel Clip Tool (or putty knife)

Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the trim panel on the interior door pull. Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screws (2).

Step 3: Using the door panel clip tool, pry and separate the interior door panel from the door frame.

A series of retaining clips secures the door panel to the frame. By sliding along the outer edge, you'll feel each clip. When you do, pry outward, "popping" it free. Continue this around the entire panel.

Step 4: You can now LIFT and remove the interior door panel.

Step 5: Disengage the retaining clip (1) that secures the door lock cable to the back of the interior door panel. Lift and remove this cable.

Step 6: Disconnect the wiring harnesses (4) from the back of the interior door panel.

Step 7: The door panel should now be completely free from the vehicle.

Step 8: GENTLY peel back the water shield. Be careful not to tear it, as we'll need to reattach it later.

Step 9: If your regulator is still partly functional, connect the window switch to move the window up or down, giving you access to the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the window pane to the regulator rail. If the regulator is not functional at all, you can move it using just your hands.

Step 10: You can now slide and remove the window pane from the door.

Step 11: Disconnect the window motor's wiring harness (1).

Step 12: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (5) that secure the regulator/motor assembly to the inside of the door frame.

Step 13: You can now SLIDE and remove the assembly from the vehicle.

Depending on your model year, you may need to release a retaining clip near the top of the regulator.

Step 14: If your NEW regulator includes the motor, proceed to Step 15. If not, loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (3) that secure the motor assembly to the OLD regulator. Transfer the motor to the NEW regulator.

Step 15: Mount the new regulator/motor assembly by tightening the 10mm bolts (5).

Step 16: Connect the motor's wiring harness (1).

Step 17: Mount the window pane to the regulator rail by tightening the 10mm bolts (2).

Step 18: Reattach the water shield.

Step 19: To reattach the door panel, reconnect the wiring harnesses (4), and re-engage the retaining clip that secures the locking cable to the back of the door handle.

Step 20: Slide the panel into position, and with a FIRM, but not too firm, strike near each retaining clip, "pop" them all back into place.

Step 21: Tighten the T30 Torx screws (2).

Step 22: Reattach the interior door pull's trim panel.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

03 2003, 04 2004, 05 2005, 06 2006, 07 2007, 08 2008, 09 2009, 10 2010, 11 2011 Saab 9-3 Replacement Instructions

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