How to repair your car’s power windows

As you descend the turnpike and approach the tollbooth, you reach for the switch to close your window and nothing happens. The switch moves but the window does not move. There is not even a sound from the power window motor, which strongly suggests to you that the device is not working. You must stop your car and open the door to pay the attendant before continuing your journey. Thoughts of an expensive car repair bill dance through your mind, putting you in a bad mood and spoiling the anticipated fun of your weekend getaway. Don’t despair: you can repair the power window yourself and save a bundle on expensive dealer fees. Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to fix the problem yourself and save a lot of money in the process.

Before assuming that the window regulator need to be replaced, you should first rule out dirty electrical contacts. On most cars, the main power for all switches goes through the master switch located on the driver’s console. Sometimes the switch is dirty, which causes the window to malfunction. If this is the case, take the necessary steps to clean the contact and your problem should be resolved.

If you find that the contacts are clean and your switch works, the motor has probably burned out and needs to be replaced. Whether you install one Honda window regulator or a Volkswagen window regulatoror a different manufacturer’s window regulator, the steps for replacing a window regulator are usually quite similar:

1. Remove the door panel for the affected window.

2. Locate and remove the screws that secure the controller to the door; It is likely that you will have to manually lower the window to access the screws.

3. Remove the old regulator, disconnect all wires and replace the old regulator with a new one purchased from a parts supplier. Shop online to find the best value as you are paying a mint when you order one through a retailer.

4. Tighten the screws that secure the new regulator and reinstall the moisture barrier. Make sure all cables are routed back inside the door before closing the door panel.

5. Activate the power window switch and the new regulator should work freely.

Of course, follow your car’s repair manual for specific instructions.

I’ve given you a general overview to convince you that this is a job that even a novice mechanic can handle – in other words, you can do it! By solving the problem yourself, you save a lot of money by avoiding garages who break up the spare part and add several hours of work to your bill. Shop online to compare prices and get the best shipping and handling arrangements available.