Automotive Column 48 Power Windows
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It's not always easy but just because your vehicle did not come equipped with an accessory doesn't mean you can't add it to the vehicle. Check with your automotive center to see what suggestions they have for adding options.
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Dear Motor Medics,
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan SE that we bought used and it was not equipped with power windows, door locks, or power sliding doors. We would really like to add these features and keyless entry. Can this be done for a reasonable price and where do we go to get it done?
Janet in Madison, Wisconsin
Power features have become standard on vehicles or at least it seems that way. More and more vehicles, especially ones that are used for hauling the family like a van seem to almost always have full power in them. It is a rarity for one to come into our shop that does not have at least power windows and locks but they are out there. The cost of the accessories will be dependent on the shop and the quality. As for adding them to the front doors that should not be that big of an issue. Many companies offer aftermarket power windows and lock kits and remotes can be added easily as well. The power sliding doors are another story and I have not seen anyone who makes an aftermarket unit for those but there may be out there. Power sliders can be very difficult to work on and I have fought with my share. Check around with local vehicle accessory shops that install cruise controls, air conditioning, remote starts, etc. These types of shops often install power accessories like this as well.
Take care, the Motor Medics
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