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

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

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Phillip
19 years of experience
Saab 900 L4-2.0L Turbo - 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!

Jamie

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Jamie
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Hyundai Sonata L4-2.4L - Window is not working - Alta Loma, California
Jamie was professional, reliable and polite. He was on time ans easy to work with. Quality work, would recommend.

Claud

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Claud
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Ford Thunderbird V6-3.8L - Window is not working - Macomb, Michigan
the diagnostic Claud made when he took the cover off my door, he could have made that same diagnostic without taking the cover off the door! It should have only taken him 15 t0 20 minutes to take the cover off and put it back on.$90 to tell me the motor and regulator need to be replace is not worst the price. I recommend you advise your customers with this problem, replace the motor and regulator, $443.00 and if it is less than that, that would be better than charging me $90.00 plus 443.00!

Brent

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Brent
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Dodge Journey V6-3.6L - Window is not working - Lithonia, Georgia
Brent arrived ahead of time and did a great job on the inspection. He gave me all the information I needed to know to get my truck fixed. I enjoyed his service. I will book him again.

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