Installing Power Rear-Quarter Vent Window Motors
on my 2001 Chevy Venture
I have finally installed
Rear-Quarter Vent Window Motors to "upgrade" my van. Why?
Without them you have to stop the van and go around back in
order to open (or close) the rear vent windows.
Challenge #1: Getting the Motors
The first thing to do was to get the "new" parts. I thought this would
be a simple matter of just ordering the parts from a dealer or finding them
at a local salvage yard. I could have ordered new motors, but found
that they cost about $80 each from the dealer. So off to the salvage
yards I went.
After making visits to or phoning no less than 5 salvage yards, I had no
luck in locating the power motors to make this project work. I even
searched the Internet and thought I found them, but after a phone call
discovered that they did not really have them (their online database was
So after a few months of searching and watching listings on eBay, I sent a
message to someone that had just listed an overhead console for auction and
asked them if they had the motors. YES - they had them and listed them
on eBay the next day. So by the end of the week, I had won the
auctions (about $35 total with shipping) and had the motors a few days
Challenge #2: Getting the Connecting Hardware
According to the manual, my original window latches were supposed to have the same parts that attach to the window
as the power windows. But of course that was not the case.
The diagram from the
manual can be found here, along with some pictures of the connectors on
So after looking around at a Chevy dealer (who tried to sell me a new van), I was able to identify what
the connecting hardware should look like. The parts were ordered from
my local dealer, along with some other parts, for a total of about $40.
Below is a list of the parts and their prices from the dealer.
Pictures of the parts are shown below the list.
| Dealer Part Number
|| Unit Price
|| Total Price
||Bearing-Rear Window? See Pictures 1 & 2
||These were NOT needed
||See Picture 3 below
||Came with blue stuff on them. See Picture 4
Pictures 1-2 - New Rear Window Connecting Hardware
Pictures 3-4 - New "Nuts"
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