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How Long Does a Rear Window Transmission Last?
If your car has a power rear window, it has a motor and a regulator, sometimes called a “transmission”. This configuration is used in all power windows, although your power rear...
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How to Replace a Power Window Switch
The power window switch fails when the windows are not working properly or not at all and when windows are only working from the master switch.
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How to Replace a Car Window Motor/Window Regulator Assembly
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How to Replace a Rear Window Defogger Switch
The rear window has a defogger switch that fails if the button does not light up, the rear window does not defog, or the switch does not always work.
How to Replace a Rear Window Transmission
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Window isn't working
There are three potential problem areas when it comes to a non-functioning power window: 1) a failed switch; 2) a failed motor assembly in the door; and 3) a wiring fault, which can occasionally include a severed wire in the...
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The passenger window on my Audi A4 Quattro 3.2 is stuck
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Cutting the wires to the regulator in a door will not affect the way the engine operates. The vehicle could have an intermittent issue with a stall out or the brakes applying. Now, it...
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Transmission and Electrical Issues
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle has multiple concerns. The transmission "whirrrrrrrr" sound could be a ring and pinion noise caused by incorrect gear contact if, the noise is heard in all forward gears. Changing the...
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Power window not working
Hi there. The wires to the window motor should be receiving power at all times. When you press on the switch in either direction to move the window up or down it provides ground to one of the wires or...
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The driver side power window will not roll back up
The most common cause of the window will not roll up is caused by the window regulator binding up causing the motor to bind. I would recommend having the motor and regulator checked and replace motor and regulator.
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Power window, signal light and wiper malfunction after rain water got inside my car.
Hi there. Usually when electrical components inside the vehicle become wet, it will only take one exposed wire to short out a relay or fuse panel. There are several electrical components that operate all of these systems that may have...
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Left rear passenger door Window and Lock do not work at all.
The window motors are a common failure. Sometimes the cable in the regulator can come off track and wrap around the gear on the motor and do some damage. As far as the door lock you may have an actuator...
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Driver side mirror and electric window won't work. I have tried to replace the fuses.
If the fuses keep blowing, there could be an electrical short along the circuit. The motor, switches and wiring are a few places an experienced technician would check for a short that could pop the fuse or burn wires. To...
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I was replacing the power window motor and the clips that hold it in place broke, what can I do so I can use my window?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. You will have to remove the window regulator from the door. Take a flat tip screwdriver and use it to pry off the broken part of the clip. You will need to get...
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Buttons don't work after a minute or so
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The security system is acting up and is becoming active cutting off circuits to the vehicle. The system is thinking that the car is being stolen. Remove the battery cables positive '+' and...
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Front passenger-side window is not working
Hey there. Try checking the fuse for that window and also try getting the window to go down with both the driver's master switch as well as the passenger door switch. If neither switch would get it to go down,...
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Window chips damaging driver side window.
Hello. In most cases, scratches on automotive glass can be difficult to remove if they are deep. If they are shallow, you maybe able to use a bit of metal, or specialized glass polish, to buff out the scratches by...
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My front driver's side window is broken
Hello. The window and window regulator would need to be inspected for a broken window regulator or the bottom window bracket came loose from the window and the window needs replaced. Once the door panel is removed the parts can...
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My window is rolled all the way down and won't roll back up. It is also not making any noise and it's just the drivers side.
Hey there. This is likely a short in the power window switch or potentially faulty or pinched wires. I would suggest removing the door panel to trace the wires to the power switch to make sure they are all connected...
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The rear window automatically comes down after closing it using the second stage on the switch.
Try this procedure for resetting the windows: with all the car windows fully closed, enter the car and put the key in the switch. Turn the key to the on position, but do not start the car. Lower the driver's...
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What is the average life expectancy of window motors? Should I file a replacement with manufacturer?
Assuming an "average" number of uses, the normal service life of ANY power window motor and assembly will well exceed the value of 2 years and by orders of magnitude. Therefore, your motor has failed early, there is no question...
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A 20-year-old two-seater Honda is in great shape but the window on the passenger side will not roll up electrically anymore
The power window circuit may fail in a few ways. A blown fuse would definitely cause the window to lose function. One fuse may effect only one or both windows depending on how the vehicle is wired. The switch used...
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1975 Eldorado convertible trips the 40 amp breaker for the power windows when lowering or raising them. Why and when can you look at this?
There is some device along the power window circuit that is drawing much more amperage than the system was designed for. This short can be caused by a broken wire grounding out on the body and causing a short, corrosion...
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What if i pay for mechanic to come to my home and check out car and they determine my regulator is faulty? Do they order and repla
Hi...yes, once the Mechanic completes a diagnosis of a non functioning window and explains to you what has happened in terms of the failure, any required parts, such as a regulator can be ordered once you authorize a repair. If...
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Back window decal
Generally most states prohibit items in the windows that obstruct the view of the driver. Depending on specifically where on the back window the decal is placed it may or may not be illegal. You will need to check with...

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