What to do when windows do not open


Malfunctioning car windows. (Photo Credits)

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to any driver is to not be able to open or close his car window when he needs to – especially during the cold weather.

Malfunctioning power windows, after all is not an impossibility especially if it has not been well maintained. AutoGlass Safety Council   

The website Popular Mechanics says the first step in resolving the matter is to narrow down the issue. “First: 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. If the fuse is good and you can hear the motor, or the glass acts like it wants to move, then you’ve got some sort of mechanical problem. If not, check the fuse.”

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Various Fixes

WikiHow meantime shared five ways to troubleshoot a car window that has been stuck. Windshield Wiki

“If you have electric (power) windows in your car, there may come a time that you push the button and the window doesn’t respond the way it used to. If the window suddenly stops moving at all, the problem could be as simple as a blown fuse or a loose connection. It is also possible that you have a faulty switch, especially if the window works on a hit and miss basis. Window motors go down sometimes as well. This is usually characterized by a gradual decrease in how well the window responds to the switch, but a slow window could also be getting stuck on the gaskets. Once you identify the problem, you may be able to repair it with some basic tools.”

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The website Know How meantime suggests that in some cases, a car window that got stuck can be manually pulled up.

“If the fuse looks OK — or if you have a manual crank window that won’t go up — and you need to get the window closed, most of the time you can pull a power window up with your hands. The best way to do this is to press your palms firmly on either side of the glass and slide it up along the frame. Doing this will most likely separate it from the electric motor and frame support, which means you’ll need to use a small piece of rubber to wedge it in place until the door can be taken apart to diagnose the problem. If you need to get the window down, your options are more limited.”

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If all else fails, then it will always be best to consult a professional.

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