4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Power Windows

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Power windows are windows in a vehicle that can be opened and shut with the push of a button. Vehicles without power windows have a crank handle. Power windows are convenient as they let you focus on the road while opening or closing the window.

Benefits of Power Windows

Power windows are standard on most vehicles today. They allow people to control the vehicle better and allow easier access for those with arthritis, or hand injuries, to roll down the windows without as much pain. In addition, the windows in the back can be controlled from the front using the master panel. This is very helpful when children are in the back seat, and are unable to reach or roll the windows down themselves.

How Power Windows Work

Power windows have an electronic motor attached to a worm gear, which is attached to several other gears, to create torque to lift the window. A long arm is attached to a bar at the bottom of the window. One end of the arm slides into a groove as the window rises up. On the opposite end of the arm is a gear with teeth cut into it. The motor turns this gear to engage these teeth allowing the window to open.

Power Windows That Don't Work

Power windows can stop working without warning. The most common cause of this is because their regulators and motors are used more often than other features of the vehicle. If your power windows have stop working, have them checked out by a mechanic as this is a safety issue. Passengers may need to exit through the windows in case of an emergency.

Other Common Problems with Power Windows

One of the reason power windows fail is because of a faulty window regulator, which is also called a window track. They also fail because of a broken motor, bad window switch, or a broken cable pulley. The main causes to these malfunctioning include snow and ice. As the area around the glass freezes, the window regulators have to work extra hard, making the mechanism wear out prematurely.

Power windows are convenient and easy to use. Furthermore, they come standard on most vehicles. If your power windows stop working all of a sudden, consult the professionals at YourMechanic to have windows inspected right away. In addition, let the car warm up in the winter allowing the snow and ice to clear from the window. By doing this the regulator won’t have to work as hard.


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Saab 900 - Window is not working - Roseville, California
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Mazda MPV - Window is not working - Davis, California
Great guy who really made sure everything the car needed got done the right way. Wouldn't hesitate to follow up with him if or when future work is needed. Highly recommended!

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GMC Yukon - Window is not working - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Joel was genuinely nice, very professional and seems to be very experienced. I trust his knowledge and trust him to work on my auto.
Ford F-150 - Window is not working - Jacksonville, Florida
Joel found the problem right away and fixed it as well as informed me of other repairs that need to be done to the window and made great suggestions that saved me money!

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Volvo V70 - Window is not working - Morrow, Georgia
Very personable . Responded with courtesy to all my questions. Did an excellent job explaining the problem. I was very satisfied with this mechanic.

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