Car Window Not Working – 60 seconds repair

Ugh, I have no time for this…

My car window is jammed up and it’s stuck.

It won’t go up or down. And to top it off I live in the Tampa Bay area.

That means I need a very quick fix before my polyester shirt melts into my skin.

Before the day is out, I’m sure we’ll get a downpour big enough to quench the thirst of a rainforest.

I will call the shop later, but first I need to do anything I can to get this thing up without first having to do an online course on mechanics.

If you’re anything like me you will want a solution quick. So I compiled the best and quickest solutions I found on the web that you can do in less than 60 seconds, before spending another 60 seconds booking an appointment with an expert.

If You Can Hear The Motor – Quick Fix for Short Circuit (10 seconds)

If you hear the motor sound when pressing up and down, it could be that the window motor has a short circuit.

An electric car window motor has multiple small contacts surrounding the center shaft of the motor.

Sometimes, the contacts can short out or lose connection.

The car window motor will likely have to be replaced but for now, you may be able to temporarily fix this by getting the motor to bump to the next contact.

Here’s how you do that:

  • Start your car
  • Open the door that has the stuck window
  • Push the window button in the up position and hold it there
  • Slam the door shut (while holding the window button up)

If it’s going to work, essentially you’ve jarred that motor and it will bring the window up. If this doesn’t work after a few tries, you’ll have to spend more time trying out something else. Dang it.

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Manually Push Window Up (less than 30 seconds)

If you need to get the window closed and have a manual crank window — or if you have electric windows and the fuse looks ok, most of the time you can pull a power window up with your hands.

Your best bet is to do this by pressing your palms on each side of the glass and simply slide it up.

You may need to use a wooden shim—or small piece of rubber—and wedge it up against the frame & glass to hold it in place until the door can be disassembled to diagnose the problem.

Are All Windows Stuck? Check the Fuse Box! (sorry, probably more than 60 seconds)

If you have electric windows and all of the other windows aren’t going up or down, check your fuses.

The vehicle fuse box can usually be found under the dashboard near the steering wheel or under the hood. A diagram of the fuses will either be located in the owner’s manual or on the door to the fuse box.

Locate the corresponding fuse to your window switch and see if it needs to be replaced. A blown fuse can easily be identified by noticing a break in the metallic strip that runs through the center of the fuse.

Ugh, I have no time for this…

My car window is jammed up and it’s stuck.

It won’t go up or down. And to top it off I live in the Tampa Bay area.

That means I need a very quick fix before my polyester shirt melts into my skin.

Before the day is out, I’m sure we’ll get a downpour big enough to quench the thirst of a rainforest.

I will call the shop later, but first I need to do anything I can to get this thing up without first having to do an online course on mechanics.

If you’re anything like me you will want a solution quick. So I compiled the best and quickest solutions I found on the web that you can do in less than 60 seconds, before spending another 60 seconds booking an appointment with an expert.

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Want to Open Your Car Window Instead? – Don’t!

Getting the window down can be a bit trickier. You take the chance of the glass sliding all the way down to the bottom of the door frame and possibly damaging it if you try to jiggle the glass to slide it down.  It’s better to leave the window up until it can be serviced and the solution has been determined.

Whichever technique you try when attempting to fix a jammed window remember, that glass is an extremely fragile material.  Be sure to handle the glass with care. The last thing you want to do is have to deal with shattered glass and an entire replacement rather than merely just a minor fix.