Is It Okay to Drive a Vehicle With Windows that Won’t Roll Up or Down?

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When you drive, you need to roll down your window for many different reasons. You might need to:

  • Speak with a peace officer at a traffic stop
  • Order at a drive-thru window
  • Open the window for air flow
  • Open your window for an emergency exit

Is it safe to drive with windows that won't roll up or down?

It is not safe to operate your vehicle while the windows don’t work. It doesn’t matter if one or more windows have completely stopped working or if they operate intermittently. It is not safe to drive with broken windows.

Your windows are an emergency exit. In the case of an accident, you need to be able to open the window to exit if it is the only viable option. Doors can easily jam shut when impacted while windows will either shatter or remain intact. If the window glass is not broken and the door is jammed, it is imperative that the window can open. If not, you may be trapped inside your vehicle.

Your window may also need to be opened if the air quality is poor. If your vehicle is not in pristine condition such as a rust hole in the floorboard or weatherstrips that are torn, it may be possible for exhaust gases to enter the car’s cabin. Exhaust can cause toxic effects that can make you nauseous, lightheaded, or cause you to pass out. Rolling down the window lets in fresh air to combat the effects of poor air quality.

Any one of the components for the power window system can fail, rendering one or more windows inoperative. It could be:

  • Burnt fuse
  • Corroded wire
  • Failed power window motor
  • Window regulator is binding
  • Window track is out of alignment

If you experience problems with any of your power windows, have them inspected and repaired by one of the experts mechanics from YourMechanic as soon as possible.


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Phillip

18 years of experience
230 reviews
Phillip
18 years of experience
Saab 900 - Window is not working - Roseville, California
Even though it was really hot out he was very patient and thorough in his assessments. He explained everything in detail and was very knowledgeable.
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!

Joel

20 years of experience
780 reviews
Joel
20 years of experience
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!

Attila

18 years of experience
519 reviews
Attila
18 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Window is not working - Cranford, New Jersey
Upon arrival, he assured me he would conduct a thorough inspection to determine the source of the problem. He systematically investigated and was able to find and correct the issue. I was especially grateful because of the challenges that the corona virus would present if I had to take the car to a dealer. I have already scheduled additional work on my car due to the convenience and the expertise of the mechanic!

Joshua

7 years of experience
6 reviews
Joshua
7 years of experience
Buick LeSabre - Window is not working - Denton, Texas
Joshua was very professional. He was also courteous, nice and informative. I have several issues going on with my car and I think he addressed all of them. He even helped me by prioritizing my car needs. I’ve already scheduled my next appointment with him. Thank you!

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