Common Power Window Problems and How to deal With it

Power Windows

Power windows can malfunction too. (Photo Credits)

Power windows bring a whole world of convenience to the driving public. The old-style windows may be useful, but not needing to rotate one’s arms just to open the windows can just be very helpful especially when one is in a rush to pay toll, get a parking slip, or order drive-thru.

And while power windows can be super convenient, its malfunctioning can just bring about hassles and safety issues when driving. But like any other car part, it is bound to suffer wear and tear.

One of the usual car window problems that may have been encountered by a motorist is a power window that has been stuck. The website Your Mechanic has explained how a vehicle owner can initially deal with the matter until such time it can be fixed by a professional.

“If your window is stuck down, you can sometimes help it up by applying upward pressure to the glass while activating the switch. If the glass moves freely without operating the switch, move the glass all the way up by hand and wedge a folded business card or something else firm but not hard in between the glass and the door frame.”

Check out the full write-up here.

Malfunctioning power windows

Another common power window trouble that can occur is a non-functioning power window. The website Popular Mechanics has published an extensive discussion on how to remediate such power window situations. In his article, the author mentioned that usually, power window woes are easy to diagnose and fix.

“Are all of the windows on the fritz? Or just one? If you can’t move any of the windows, the first place to look is at the fuse. Window regulators are high-current devices, and the fuse is sized to just barely be able to open all four windows together. Age and a few sticky window channels can pop a fuse. Turn the key to the Run position, but don’t start the car. If the fuse is blown, pushing a window button will do nothing at all: The motor won’t groan and the glass won’t quiver.”

The rest of the article can be found here.

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The website Fix My Old Ride also rounded up possible power window fails and how to troubleshoot these problems. One of the types of power window malfunctions mentioned in the write-up is regulator and motor failure.

“Windows that don’t go up and down at all often point to a power window motor failure. However, if you have Windows that jam or go up and down crooked you could be looking at a window regulator problem. With that said, in some circumstances you’ll actually find a window track or guide issue. Once again the factory uses cheap plastic guides that connect the glass to the track. These can become brittle and break over time.”

The original post has been published here.

When unsure as to how to go about dealing with a power window trouble, it will always be best to defer to the services of a professional.