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Posts Tagged: power window

Window goes up but not down

Window goes up but not down, window goes down but not up Or, your power window only works from one switch Ok, so you think your power windows are possessed. They’re not. But what most people don’t understand is that all the power and ground connections run through the driver’s side master switch, and that really complicates the trouble shooting process. Here are the three trouble spots: 1) master switch 2) broken wires in hinge area of door 3) passenger switch 4) window motor 5) broken window regulator The easiest … Read More

Power window problems GM pickups

Fix Power window problems and door lock problems on GM pickups GM has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) #PIT3164B to discuss a problem with door locks and power windows on 2004-09 Chevrolet Colorado pickups and 2004-09 GMC Canyon Pickups. The problem shows up as inoperative or intermittent door locks or power window operation. In many cases, fuse #42 in the underhood fuse box may blow. GM has identified two scenarios that would blow this fuse: 1) The fuse blows when opening/closing power windows and using the door locks at … Read More

Glue for windows

You need a special glue for windows If your window is glued to sill guides, you need a special glue for windows. Several blog readers have asked what adhesive to use when the door glass separates from the tabs holding it to the sill. Forget about super glue. This is the stuff you need. It’s a 2-part epoxy made by 3M. They sell a special dispenser gun that delivers equal parts through a mixing nozzle. But you can push out equal quantities of both and mix them by hand. 3M … Read More

Rough idle stalling when using power windows

Rough idle stalling when using power windows Pontiac Bonneville If you own a Pontiac Bonneville and experience a rough idle stalling that seems to happen when you use your power windows, head right for the driver’s side kick panel. The fuel pump and power windows share a grounding point located under that kick panel. Shops report that these ground wires corrode over time and the poor connection is made worse when you activate the power windows. Remove the wires and sand the grounding metal clean. Remove any corrosion on the … Read More

Repair power window regulator

Replace a power window regulator Most late model cars have failing power window regulators. Here’s how to repair power window regulator. Manufacturers have redesigned power window mechanisms and you’re paying the price for it. The new mechanisms, known as window regulators, are lightweight and flimsy. They raise and lower the window with cables that often bind or break. If the window channels aren’t lubricated (use silicone or dry Teflon spray), the friction overloads the motors and they burn out or strip the “spool” that winds the cables. Rather than pay … Read More


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