It’s Dead, Jim . . .

Thought I’d start off today’s blog with a little musical interlude.

Here’s “Sweet Georgia Brown” on 3 Guitars and A Tractor, in German, no less.

"Sweet Georgia Brown" on 3 Guitars and a Tractor.


After coffee this morning I got back on my truck’s power window problem. I wanted to pull out the motor – regulator combination and see if it can be repaired, or will need to be replaced.

First I had to get the glass out, by removing the trim strips from the window edge,

Door Removal No Trim Strips

Door Removal Trim Strips

and then the front window guide inside the door.

Door Removal Glass Track

After removing the two bolts at the bottom of the glass, I was able to carefully lift the glass out of the door and set it aside.

Door Removal Glass

Then 5 more bolts and I was able to pull out the motor and regulator combination. It took a while to figure out how it works,

Door Removal Motor and Regulator

but finally I found the culprit.

This piece of plastic had broken off, letting the the cable that raises and lowers the glass, wear thru the plastic guide and snap off.

Door Removal Culprit

I spent some time trying to figure out if it could be repaired, but it quickly became obvious that if I did fix it, it wouldn’t last.

So my next step was to order the replacement from Amazon that I found yesterday. Hopefully it will be here toward the end of next week.

In the meantime, while I’ve got the door panel open, I’m going to take a look at a problem with my door lock. The key unlocks the door, but does not turn off the alarm. I fixed it once before, but I haven’t had any luck this time. I may have to replace the lock, and if so, now would be the time to do it.

Tonight was Jan’s night to get together with her former coworkers like she does every year. This year it was at Café Adobe up in Webster, so I dropped her off a little before 5:30, and I headed over to one of my client’s office to work on configuring his new computers and router.

I picked up Jan about 8:15 and we finally headed home after another busy day.


Thought for the Day:

"No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet." ~ C.S. Lewis



3 Responses

  1. Howdy Greg,

    I could have told you it was a broken piece of plastic!!! I tella you
    what; them ol German farmers can pick a little; ya vo !!! I wonder if a
    Poppin’ Johnny would fit into a musical phrase, like that Farmall??

    Hope you don’t drop none of them screws down into the door, when you go to re-assemble it!!! I’m sending you a video of an assembly plant that don’t look like one; of course, ITZ GERMAN!!!

  2. I continue to be amazed at your ability to diagnose and fix stuff. You save yourself a ton of money each year and gain a whole lot of satisfaction.

  3. George

    Well, I’m really good at taking things apart, sometimes not so good at getting things all back together.

    I still remember a whupping I got when I was about 6.

    Took my mother’s brand-new toaster apart, and after stretching out all those curly wires inside, I couldn’t get it all back together again.

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