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How do you Change, Replace, or Install 1988-1998 Chevrolet, GMC SUV, Pickup Front Window Regulator Replacement





Tools required:

  • 7mm socket/ratchet

  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Drill with 3/8 inch bit

  • Short bolts/nuts to replace rivets

  • Door Panel Clip Tool (or putty knife)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

NOTE: For this installation, the door panel removal process may differ slightly, depending on your vehicle.

Step 2: Pry and remove the trim panel near the side mirror mount.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the 7mm bolts (2) inside the interior door pull.

Step 4: Pry and lift the power window control plate. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (5) from the UNDERSIDE of the control plate.

Step 5: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 6: Using the door panel clip tool (or putty knife), pry and remove the interior door panel from the frame.


A series of retaining pins secures the door panel to the frame. As you slide the tool between the panel and frame, and then down the side, you'll feel each pin. When you do, simply pry outward "“ it should "pop" as it disengages. Go around the entire outer edge of the panel to disengage ALL of the clips.

Step 7: You can now LIFT and remove the interior door panel. Disconnect the courtesy light's wiring harness (1).

Step 8: Pull any clips that may have stayed with the door frame free, and reattach them to the panel.

Step 9: Loosen and remove the 7mm bolts (9) and 10mm bolt (1) that secure the protective panel to the door frame. Disengage the locking rods from the back of the panel and slide it from the door frame. Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the back of the panel.

Step 10: Using the drill and a 3/8 bit, drill the center of the rivets that secure the window regulator to the panel. Use a screwdriver to fully remove these rivets.

Step 11: Mount the window regulator to the panel by using the short bolts/nuts.

Step 12: Reattach the panel. Connect all wiring harnesses and re-engage the locking rods. Secure the panel by tightening the 7mm bolts (9) and 10mm bolt (1).


NOTE: Be sure that the window regulator fits into the window track!

Step 13: LIFT and place the door panel onto the door frame. Using a FIRM (but not too firm) strike near each retaining clip, re-engage them. You should hear them "pop" as they re-engage.

Step 14: You can now begin securing the panel to the door.


Simply reverse the removal process. Be sure to reconnect the wiring harnesses to the underside of the window control plate and reattach the plate. Tighten the 7mm bolts and Phillips screws. Also, be sure to reattach the interior door handle's bezel and side mirror trim panel!



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
98 1998, 97 1997, 96 1996, 95 1995, 94 1994, 93 1993, 92 1992, 91 1991, 90 1990, 89 1989, 88 1988 Chevrolet, GMC SUV, Pickup Front Window Regulator Replacement Instructions
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