It’s inevitable that when your window stops working it’s in the down position and it’s starting to rain. That’s just life and that’s why it’s so important to know the quick solution for a car window that won’t close.
Check The Fuse
The first step, especially if it’s just stopped working, s to check the fuse. You’ll need to check your owner’s manual regarding where your fuse box is and which fuse it is.
If the fuse has blown, replacing it will have your window up in no time.
Of course, it probably won’t be this simple!
Check The Window Seal
Your window rubs against the window seal every time it goes up and down. Between this and exposure to the elements, the seal can get dirty and brittle, both of which can actually prevent your window from going up!
Clean your seals carefully with a small amount of acetone and see if this makes any difference to your window going up.
Listen To The Window
If you have an electric window then listen carefully to the window. When you press the switch you should hear a click, this tells you that the switch is working. If there is no clicking noise you could be looking at a faulty switch. You’ll need to remove the old switch and replace it with a new one.
Before you buy a new one you can swap the switch with one of the other windows and test it. Not only will you know it’s the switch, but you’ll also get your window up.
Following this, you’ll hear a whirring noise as the window motor starts operating. If there is no whirring noise you’ll need to consider replacing the motor, or at least checking there is power to it.
Of course, this means removing your door panel, you may want to consult a specialist electric window repair firm for this.
If the switch appears to be working and the motor is making a noise then you’ll need to take a look at the regulator. This is the mechanism that holds the window and moves it up and down. If the cables attached to this have broken your window will not move.
It will be necessary to replace the regulator in order to get your window working again.
The Quick Fix
If you’re out and you really need your window closed then you’ll need to remove the door panel. There are usually screws at the sides and behind the door handle. There may also be a screw inset into the closing handle.
It is worth noting that on some cars these screws are security screws, not conventional screwdriver heads. Check then now and keep the relevant screwdriver in your car in case you need it.
Once you have the panel off you should be able to force the window up from inside, it may require you to disconnect part of the regulator.
With the window slid upward you can use a thin piece of wood, or something similar, as a chock, to hold it in place, until you can get it fixed properly.