Is there greater pleasure in life than driving with the windows down? The natural breeze can be much more relaxing and satisfying than any air conditioning and you can arrive at your destination feeling much more at ease than usual. Then, however, you are suddenly faced with the problem – “my car window is stuck” or “my car window won’t stay open”.
What to do when your car windows get stuck? How do they work anyway? It’s just another one of those car components we take for granted. In today’s blog we’re going to explore these and other issues surrounding our car windows, their common problems and how to solve them.
How does the car window work?
We all value our car’s power windows. We take it for granted that we can just press a button and the windows move up or down like magic. Your car’s power window is actually quite a complex and ingenious mechanism. It works with a system of electrical regulators and cables.
An electric motor moves the cable through a pulley system, which helps raise or lower the window at the push of a button. Older cars use a manual system that relies on a crank that you turn, which turns one of the adjuster arms, which turns the other arm to move the window track, which finally moves the window up and down.
The interesting thing is that in any of these systems, modern or classical, there is a dependency on many individual moving parts. If any one of these parts is faulty or worn out, it can affect the entire window mechanism. Also, the problem with the window may not be related to the window mechanism itself, but something else lodged inside the door.
Common Car Window Flaws: What They Are and How to Diagnose Them
First, let’s see what are the most common failures on car windows. Let’s break them down into some common scenarios:
- Scene 1: Only the rear windows are not moving, but the front windows are fine. It could also be that a particular window (front or rear) is not working while the others are working fine.
- Scenario 2: None of the car’s windows move, regardless of which control button we press.
- Scenario 3: The windows do close, but they do so very slowly, not completely or when making an unusually loud sound.
In scenario 1 you can rule out a general electrical problem because if there was a fundamental problem with the electronics it would affect all the windows and not just the back ones. The first scenario means that you could be experiencing any of the following issues:
- A faulty window switch
- A faulty window motor
- A faulty window regulator
- The driver’s door lock switch has been engaged
The first thing you should check is number 4 on this list, because that only takes a moment. That particular lockout switch can easily be pressed by mistake, or a driver may have forgotten that he pressed it, or another driver in the family may have pressed it without his knowledge. Either way, releasing it would solve the issue for scenario 1.
When you press the rear window switch, do you hear the engine? It’s that familiar hum you hear when you operate the power windows. If you hear the motor, the problem is not the switch or the blown fuse. In this case, the engine and regulator clearly need to be checked.
In scenario 2, where all windows have stopped working, the most likely problem is a blown fuse or faulty relay. In this scenario, what usually happens is that all windows stop working simultaneously. It would be an interesting coincidence for all the windows to suffer from some other failure at the same time, which leaves only electrical failure as the best explanation.
If you drive a coupe car, this problem can be very pronounced because these cars don’t have window frames. Instead, they rely on a computer-aided system to tell the window mechanism when it has reached the correct height. Any electrical problem becomes serious because it means the car doesn’t know if the window is open or closed. You can see that you’re stuck halfway, but as far as the computer is concerned, your job is done.
In the case of electrical problems, repairs are usually centered on the fuse box. If it’s not a blown fuse but a problem in the wiring or relays a little closer to the action, the door frame can be opened and the electronics inspected a little closer.
In Scenario 3, where the windows move but slowly or while making unfortunate sounds, the most likely culprit is failure of engine parts such as the engine. The window motor can burn out over time, just like any other mechanical instrument, as well as many other window components. The only thing to do in this case is to open the door frame and take a closer look at the mechanical elements.
Other factors that affect your car windows
In addition to the above three scenarios, there are two more factors you need to consider, the first of which is window stickers. Do the front or rear power windows have stickers? They may have been placed there by children or you, but in any case, they have a detrimental effect on the window over time, causing additional wear and tear.
The second factor is coloring. When you tint windows, what you are essentially doing is adding thickness to the glass. The OEM manufactures the windows and their slots/mechanisms to a predetermined thickness. When you increase it, you add tension to the system.
Lastly, while things like a faulty window regulator can prevent the windows from going up, you could also have the problem of the window not staying up. Next, we’ll cover some temporary fixes for this specific issue.
My car window won’t stay up: Is there a way to temporarily prop up a window that is falling down?
Obviously, the best course of action is to take the car to the dealership, but there is at least a temporary solution you can try to keep the window in place until you have a chance to get it to the dealership, or while you save up the money. you need to do the repairs.
One of the best tools to use is a suction cup🇧🇷 You might find one on a dashboard attachment frame for something like a GoPro or other device. All you have to do is push the window into the frame as firmly as possible, then place the suction cup as low as possible near the door frame. As long as that suction cup holds, the window will stay up. It’s best, therefore, to use a suction cup with a lever retention mechanism, because it can grip much more tightly.
How to fix a stuck car window
To conclude, we offer some additional solutions to fix a stuck car window. If your car window is stuck in the middle, try some of the following ideas:
- Check the childproof lock on the door. If it is active, the window will not open.
- Take a look in the fuse box and see if any fuses are blown.
- If the local switch on the rear window is not working, try the master switch on the driver’s door. If the master switch works, then you know you only have a local switch problem.
- You can try the technique of slamming the car door: start the car, open the door, press the window switch in the desired direction, then slam the door while holding the button. If you close it, leave it in that position until the dealership can take a look.
- You can also manually lift the window with the help of a friend. Start the car and ask them to press the button. Meanwhile, you place the glass between your palms and try to lift the window with constant pressure. Take care of your hands and fingers when doing this.