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what would cause the power windows to slow down to a creep about 3" from the top. Sometimes they stop all together and I have to help them or wait (for the motor to cool off?) I did notice they worked great when it was raining out which got me thinking about putting some graphite in the track as a quick fix. Is the regulator going out or does something need lubricated? I don't thing the graphite will stay put very long especially if rain water is getting in there anyway.
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I've sprayed silicon lubricant in teh window tracks. It helps a lot. Hope that's helps you.

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i pulled the door panel and smeared white lithium grease all over the gears. it help mine

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stopped at a glass shop and asked them about it. They said not to put anything in the tracks as the felt is supposed to be the lubricant itself. I took the door panels off yesterday so I could clean and inspect. I didn't see anything other than maybe the felt is starting to dry-rot maybe. Sprayed them down with brake cleaner (glass shop's recommendation) but didn't seem to help. One thing I did notice while I was cleaning the windows was rub marks on the glass right in the center. I didn't see and adjustment in the rails but looks like it might be too tight.
I hate to throw money at the problem by buying a new regulator but the windows not working is driving me insane!

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I hate to disagree with those in the know, but it seems that lubes work. The Pro's might suggest against it, but these trucks are all getting old. If lube fixes it for now, let it be fixed while you start piecing together replacement parts.

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I don't know why your local shop told you not to use anything. Years ago graphite was the lubricant of choice but it doesn't work well with the new materials used in the channel. I have used silicone spray for years with good results. You can also use any dry lube. The only problem with the dry lube is it tends to leave a white film so only use it inside the door which is where most of the drag is. You can use grease on the gears and roller guides but not in the glass channel. The grease will attract dirt and grit. Not a good thing for glass moving in a channel.

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I havent used it personally on door windows, but I read a long time ago to use air tool oil on slow sunroof tracks, because it doesn't collect dust and grit like grease and other oils? I used it on the sunroof on my old car and it worked marvelously.

That being said, my driver's window in my '00 just started doing the same thing right after I replaced the lock actuator (you unbolt the bottom of the window track). There's a little "hook" on the back of the track that you have to get around the hole for it to go in right at the bottom of the back of the window opening. I'm thinking on mine (since it wasn't an issue before) it maybe didnt get in the groove right. I'll be pulling my panel apart in a couple hours and checking when I run over to our company shop.

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I havent used it personally on door windows, but I read a long time ago to use air tool oil on slow sunroof tracks, because it doesn't collect dust and grit like grease and other oils? I used it on the sunroof on my old car and it worked marvelously.

That being said, my driver's window in my '00 just started doing the same thing right after I replaced the lock actuator (you unbolt the bottom of the window track). There's a little "hook" on the back of the track that you have to get around the hole for it to go in right at the bottom of the back of the window opening. I'm thinking on mine (since it wasn't an issue before) it maybe didnt get in the groove right. I'll be pulling my panel apart in a couple hours and checking when I run over to our company shop.
Let us know how it turns out. It is my suspicion that something similar was done to my truck. The carfax actually shows where the PO had the channels "adjusted". After looking them over good it looks like the felt is dry and cracked and maybe starting to dry rot. I didn't see any adjustments in the channels short of bending them some but I didn't want to make the problem worse.

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pwr windows slow

If the felt is cracking and dry rotted I would imagine the shops recommendation wouldn't be applicable. Kinda hard for worn out felt tracks to operate properly so the lubrication shouldn't hurt a thing.


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Ford actually makes a spray lube for this problem. Not sure about the name but a google search should tell ya about it. I saw it several weeks ago when i had the same issue. I used grease on mine and have had good results. The graphite will work great til it rains or give your truck a bath. I'm not saying that lube is the correct fix for the issue but 1. we are talking about a truck with a few years on it and not a new one. 2. lube (assuming it fixes your issue) is a whole lot cheaper than new regulators, motors, tracks, felts and belt moldings...which is probably the parts list that it will take to completely fix the problem. 3. the worst side effect of the lube is that you may find it a bit messy if your not careful with the application. I'm all for a cheapo fix if its a good fix!

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