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Hi guys. I've searched all over this forum for problems similar to mine but can't seem to find too much on these issues. I also apologize in advance if this is the wrong area to post, but all these are inside..so yeah.

So none of the problems I'm having are major issues (thank goodness!) but they are just annoying. I have a 2010 cobalt 4 door. I have minor skills but I can do my own tune-up so I feel like some of these can't be that difficult to fix.

One thing I noticed a few months ago is my gear shift always says I'm in drive. The little part that shows what gear your in is stuck (or broken) and I was wondering how difficult that is to fix? Is it even fixable? It's not super annoying, I just have to count to make sure I'm in the right gear. What do I have to remove to get to it? If its broken how would I go about getting the proper parts or what would I need to fix it?

Second one that is super annoying is I was turning left and my turn signal made a popping sound and after that when I turn corners the signal does not shut off. I have to manually shut it off. Since I was turning left and that's when it broke, currently when making left turns I have to either a) hold the signal down or b) fight with it until it stays down on it's own. It's very frustrating if I'm sitting at a light and I just have to hold the signal.

Third and probably the most annoying of them all, is mine drivers side window is not working. Its been temperamental for a a while now working majority of the time and then not working for a few days and then suddenly working again. All other windows seem to be working fine. Passenger side rear will occasionally not want to work either, but hit the button a few times and it will go. So I don't think its a fuse since the others are working and I'm almost certain it has power. If I push the button with the dome light on the lights and dash lights will dim slightly as normal so I don't think its a wiring problem. My question is can I change only the motor and not the whole regulator or do I have to change the entire thing. I am very confident I can fix this, I just wanna know what I'm working with.

Thank you for any help :)
 

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You probably need to replace the rod for the turn signals. I know it is a common issue with the Ions.
If it is the same part, I have an extra one I can sell yuh.

And I believe the motor and regulator are all one part. It isn't a hard job to do. Just tedious because everything is plastic and you need to be careful not to break anything.
 

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Check out this thread. There's a tear down of an auto shifter which shows the part you're talking about. You might be able to glue or tape it back on. If I were having the problem, I'd probably try to get creative about it.

http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/interior/51169-automatic-shifter.html

The turn indicator lever problem is pretty common. You can fix it yourself, but I'd probably buy a new one if it were me. Again, there's already a great thread about this.

http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/interior/61553-how-replace-turn-signal-lever.html
 

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The motor and regulator do seperate, you can change just the motor if that's the route you want to go, although I'm not entirely sure that's your problem. I would lean more towards the switch itself probably, if not the wiring or a connection somewhere

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As far as the other two, just follow those links. Coby did a great job with those write ups as usual
 

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Well, speak of the devil. After a measly 37000 miles, my turn signal is having the problem where it won't shut off after a right turn. That GM interior quality tho.
 

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It baffles me how these cars can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with some of the most reliable engines and drive trains I've come across, yet GM's interior quality just doesn't match. Such is life.
 

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It is quite disappointing that so little care and thought was put into the interior design.

Do you guys have the issue with the arm rests breaking? Finding an Ion with a good arm rest is like a hitting the jackpot.
 

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The motor and regulator do seperate, you can change just the motor if that's the route you want to go, although I'm not entirely sure that's your problem. I would lean more towards the switch itself probably, if not the wiring or a connection somewhere

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As far as the other two, just follow those links. Coby did a great job with those write ups as usual
Since it had gone through its temperamental phases of working and not working I don't think it's the switch. I feel like it would have just stopped working and never worked again but since it keep occasionally working I feel like the motor was just on it's way out. I bought my car from enterprise car sales a few years back and I'm certain the window has had its fair share of usage. I live in florida and we have lots of tolls to pay and gate codes to enter etc. lol. If I install the new motor and it doesn't work I guess I'll have to look at other options.

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I haven't had a problem with my armrest breaking.

So I was able to order the parts I need on amazon. I took the turn signal lever out and flipped the metal piece over (I found a video the recommended this to see if it eliminated the problem) which did not help my problem but at least thats a pretty simple fix.

The window motor I feel will be the most challenging since I've never done anything similar to that before, but I'm guessing it can't be that difficult since it seems like it's a few screws and clips. So I'm going to attempt that one this week once I get the new motor.

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Check out this thread. There's a tear down of an auto shifter which shows the part you're talking about. You might be able to glue or tape it back on. If I were having the problem, I'd probably try to get creative about it.

http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/interior/51169-automatic-shifter.html

The turn indicator lever problem is pretty common. You can fix it yourself, but I'd probably buy a new one if it were me. Again, there's already a great thread about this.

http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/interior/61553-how-replace-turn-signal-lever.html
Did you write these? These are amazing! The thread about the turn signal is the one I found that prompted me to try flipping the metal rod in the signal lever. It didn't help in my problem but now I know how to fix it with the new piece.

Do you know if there is a write up on how to actually get the gear shifter out of the center console? Would I have to remove all the trim around it down to the armrest to remove it?
 

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Just have to remove the top trim, clip on shifter cable and 4 nuts. Oh and the small connector going to it.
 

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Did you write these? These are amazing! The thread about the turn signal is the one I found that prompted me to try flipping the metal rod in the signal lever. It didn't help in my problem but now I know how to fix it with the new piece.
Haha, no, but I'd love to take credit anyway! Coby7 is the genius behind these two write ups.
 

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The trick with any vehicle is to fix whatever breaks down as soon as possible. If you let the problems accumulate then it becomes overwhelming.
 

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Ok so now I hve another question...I'm sure the answer is no but hey maybe it's normal. So I was taking apart my door today to fix the motor and since I live in florida it started to downpour. I closed the door and finished removing some screws and then was going to wait until the rain stopped to continue. Well while I was in the car I noticed there is leaking inside the door frame. I've never noticed this before since it's not inside the car and nothing ever gets wet. Is it normal to have a little leakage inside the frame of the car that we can't usually see. Even if it is I'd like to fix that because water and electric don't mix and I like my pioneers lol.

I'm wondering if the window is just not fully shut or if it's the seal around the door. I guess if it was the door seal I'd have water in the car, right?
 

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Window motor went in. I had a bit of difficulty but mainly because I've never done this before. but I can successfully roll down my window! :)
 

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Does this mean it won't roll back up lol
 
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