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Posted: 6/21/2003 4:43:50 PM EDT
I had a power window on my drivers door stop working in the open position a while back, & since I'm not mechanically inclined I was hesitant to mess with it. I also was not working so I didn't have the cash to take it to a pro. My dad who normally helps me in this area was out of town for 3 weeks at the time, & when he got back it took another 2 weeks before he was able to come over & help me. So now my window has been all the way down for about 5 weeks. I got out of a few things I didn't want to do when it was raining, I kept it parked under a large oak to keep it dry, no prob. So my dad comes to the rescue, & we get the door panel off, & remove the paper cover. I had planed on using the ideas that Imbroglio had given my in my how do I fix this post about it. We got to the point of the next major step, & I said to my dad it's time to hammer it! He said do you mean I should hook up the cables & give it the juice. I said no, hit the motor a couple of times with a hammer. He rolled his eyes[rolleyes], & said yea,..ok. Then he tapped it lightly 3 times with the flat pry bar we used to help remove the door panel. Then he backed off with a slight grin on his face, & said, well I'll let you try it. I stepped into the jimmy,turned the key, & picked up the strip with the window buttons, & pushed the driver window button, & wa la up it went! We couldn't believe it, & we still chuckle when we tell someone about the big repair job we did. My dad is convinced I had a divine inspiration. Me I figure I just fixed it the way I do most mechanical objects, Hammer it.[:D}
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 4:52:05 PM EDT
You probably just had some fouling on the motor brushes. This is not that uncommon. However, it may also be that the brushes are quite worn and not making proper contact leaving you with the need to replace the motor shortly. Good luck with it...
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 5:36:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 7:17:47 PM EDT
I suggest pulling the power from the motor or pulling the fuse before you accidentally lower the window and get it stuck again in the down position. In my wife's car, it took me several hours to get her window back up then less than a week later, she accidentally lowered it. You don't want that to happen again. You might not be as lucky next time.z
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 7:39:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/21/2003 7:39:36 PM EDT by Lumpy223]
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 7:51:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 8:24:01 PM EDT
You can count on it screwing ya again at a time that is the most devestating....like after a cop hands ya a ticket for your licence plate lamp being out(we all know how dangerous it is driving with one of those out!!)thru the window in a torential rain storm.....guess what... your window won't go back up....hehehe [bounce]
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 8:38:51 PM EDT
i has to replace one of those in my 99 Z71 after the cable broke. of corse no junk yard had one available so i had to shell out 200 bucks for a new one. thank god i was able to put it in myself.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 10:52:26 PM EDT
thank god i was able to put it in myself.
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Man, I'll bet that had to hurt!
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:20:33 AM EDT
We left the door panel off for a week, & had no further problems. & the panel has been back on for over a month now, & no problems.[:D] I put it up & down every time I go somewhere because my air conditioning is out, & I need the air flow. I was thinking a 2 pound mall might fix the air![BD]
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 5:47:26 AM EDT
You can do the same thing to your starter when it starts to go out. A couple of taps with a hammer while trying to crank it will get you a few more cranks (assuming you can get to your starter).
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 8:34:48 AM EDT
One car, I had the electric window stick in the down position. Put it down to toss the extortion, I mean, toll into the basket. Then it started raining, real hard. Another car, the electric window got stuck in the up position. Got stopped for what the officer thought (wrong) was an expired inspection sticker. I couldn't make the window go down, and he got unglued when I opened the door. I HATE electric windows. They should have a crank backup. Even electric locks will work manually.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:00:28 AM EDT
Ummmmmm, so searcher???? What do you use when you can't get it up??? [:D]
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:30:53 AM EDT
The hammer trick, that's an oldie but goodie. You still need to replace the motor, but at least the window is closed until you can get a new one. It's not too difficult to replace if you like to do your own repairs.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:36:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NMSight:
thank god i was able to put it in myself.
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Man, I'll bet that had to hurt!
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its amazing what can happen with just a few beers [%|]
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 10:04:00 AM EDT
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