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97 mercury tracer crank windows to power windows question

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by girhobbes, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. girhobbes

    girhobbes FEOA Member

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    So to start I have a 97 mercury tracer with crank windows and want to get them to power. Car is basically a 3rd gen escort. So was at the junk yard today and stumbled on a new find. An 02 escort all power windows and locks just like out of the factory. Door panels looked exactly like my car just powered. My question is would it be as easy as taking those doors and putting them on my car to make it all powered?? I'm assuming not but wondered if anyone had a process for this as it gets irritating to roll my window up and down.
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    billzie FEOA Member

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    You didn't say if yours is a wagon, which might make a difference. It's been several years since I did the swap and it was a 2nd gen, so I'm sure there are some minor differences.
    First off, unless you are a body shop mechanic or have done a lot of this work, aligning door can be a royal PITA. Having said that, swapping the door panels and all related PW/PL parts is pretty straight forward. The only issues may be the rear windows you may also have to swap the glass and/or bracket as well and I'm not sure if all 3rd gens are wired for power accessories like the 2nd gens are.
    You may also want to specifically find tracer door panels as they are slightly nicer than the escort.
    HTH, Bill
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I personally would avoid swapping the entire door too. Way too much work when you can just swap the guts out. I would remove the drive side door panel and check for the connectors or at least a wire loom before doing anything else.
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  4. girhobbes

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    Sorry forgot to mention its a sedan. I've taken my door panel off plenty of times but never thought to check the wiring. It does have a key fob. It only unlocks my driver door and the trunk and panic. I don't mind gutting for the parts I need but is it as easy as plug in and go or do I need to work around some things?? I'm sure its possible to do this and not so hard. I just want to get to the parts before someone else picks them.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    odds are you don't have the wiring for adding power windows, but it is worth a check. I added them to my 99 sedan, which was pre-wired for power windows.

    You have the pull the white plastic connectors out between the door and body of the car and check there, as the wires aren't going to be in the door at all.
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    It seems like there's a 50/50 shot at having the necessary harness, with no noticeable pattern to determine why. My '97 (LX model, if that makes any difference) has the wiring for all the power options, but the only power option actually installed is the driver door lock actuator.

    Casey
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    girhobbes FEOA Member

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    OK know its been a while but went to the junkyard the other day to check out the wiring harness. I know mine is not ready to power all options but I already took the wiring harness off an all power optioned sedan and wondering if its just plug and play? Don't mind swapping everything out but can I just plug in the new harness and start converting everything to power? Don't mind the work at all just want to know before wasting my time.
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Your car should be pre-wired for power windows. The only way to know for sure is to open your doors up.
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    I have. That's why I said it wasn't. It only powers the speaker, door actuator, and mirror. Just wondering if I could plug the new wire harness and get everything I want.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    you'd have to rip apart the kick panels and carpet and run the wires to the fuse box.
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    My apologies for thinking just plug and play as junkyard test showed it wouldn't. Still interested in doing this so how would running the wires to the fuse box go?
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    you'd have to start in the junkyard, ripping all the wires out and see where they go. i've never added power windows the hard way so I don't know all the wiring needed to add it. I have added power windows when all the wiring was in the body of the car, but not the doors. That was not too bad. I did it on a sedan and a ZX2.
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    I feel like I just might have to replace all the wiring. I don't know where the wiring leads to coming from the car to the door. Does it go straight to the ecu or PCM. Would I have to get those off the donor car as well. I really wanna get this done and don't care about time or effort.
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    no the computer isn't different for power windows vs non power.

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