Why Won’t My Car Windows go Up?

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If any of your car windows are stuck and won’t go back up, don’t panic. You might just be able to find the root of the problem yourself before calling the mechanic. Our Honda dealer near Roslyn will fill you in on a few tricks and tips to help you find out why your car windows won’t shut.

Recognizing the Window Components 

The major components of a power window are comprised of the window track or drive cable, the window regulator assembly and the power window motor, as well as the wire harness and rocker switch that controls the window’s direction. By recognizing the parts of your window, you can better understand why it might not be closing correctly.

Find Out if the Problem is in the Motor or the Wiring

Your car’s amp gauge or voltage gauge can help you to determine if the problem is in the motor or the wiring. First, make sure your car’s engine is off and turn the key slightly so that the gauge powers up. While watching the gauge, press the window button up and down and see if the needle moves at all. If the amp or volt gauge doesn’t move, you might have a broken wire harness or a broken wire switch. 

From opening and closing the door, the wires located inside the thick rubber grommet attached from the door to the car body could be broken inside due to being bent back and forth. To close a window with this problem, turn your engine on and hold the window switch up with one hand while the other hand moves the wire harness around. Move the wires up and down, as well as in and out of the grommet. If the window begins to close as you maneuver the wire harness, you’ll know that a wire is broken and will need to be repaired.

A wire switch can be broken due to the copper contact pads and paddles getting burned from sparking at the contacts. Repeatedly rocking the switch back and forth may temporarily allow the window to go back up. However, the switch will still need to be replaced soon.

If the problem doesn’t lie in the wiring, the motor could be the culprit. Although a broken motor will need to be replaced, you may still be able to get your window closed yourself. With the door shut, jar the motor while you push the window switch up. You can even use a blunt object such as a thick book to hit the door panel. Be careful, as you don’t want to damage any part of the door or break the plastic molding. Typically, pushing against the window regulator motor will temporarily resolve the issue and enable the window to go back up.

If the motor is running but the window won’t budge, then you might have a problem with the window track. You can try lifting the window with one hand while pushing the switch up with the other. Even if the glass successfully rolls back up, you shouldn’t open the window again until you get the track repaired.

Service Your Car at Our Honda Dealer Near Roslyn

If you’re not having luck with getting your window back up after trying out these tricks, it’s time to service your Honda. Our knowledgeable and trustworthy team of technicians do an excellent job of performing repairs and routine Honda maintenance for our Roslyn area drivers.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact North Shore Honda at (877) 860-5112. 

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