So when Countess was here, much to my dismay I learned the power window on the passenger door(s) of my 2001 model car would not operate. I, as the master of my domain, could lower and raise the windows, but the mere passengers could not.
Since passenger comfort is my #1 priority, this needed to be fixed by the time the countess returns to the castle.
The car has a lockout switch for some inane reason that allows the driver to prevent the kids from playing with the windows. The switch is highly susceptible to corrosion and then it behaves as if the lock is ON all the time.
So with a basic understanding, I called a local repair shop and here was their advice
On a good day, the car is probably worth $1,500, but has less than 55,000 miles (17 year old car), so spending that much was at least worth considering options, so YouTube to the rescue
In no time, I have this video showing what a simple repair it is. Another amateur video shows the guy doing the same repair without even the screwdriver and using a part from a junk yard.
So the company who made the video will ship the part for $55 including shipping. Another company had the part for $45, and the brick and mortar companies that advertise on radio offer the part from $90 to $140
So I took the risk. The part arrived in 2 days via USPS. The window is fixed.
Here is what the old part looks like
The packaging says it was made in Taiwan, so I may well have voided my pre-Obama GM warranty.