It doesn’t matter whether it is a really hot day, a freezing cold one, or even raining like cats and dogs, having your window open, even a little, can just feel great. That’s why it’s incredibly frustrating when your window is stuck and refuses to open at all.
Of course, having it stuck fully open is worse. Not only are you letting all the wind, rain, and cold air into your car, you also have an issue with security, you simply can’t leave your car parked anywhere safely!
The good news is that you can get the window to go up and it is also possible to fix your window, whether electric or manual. They are not complicated!
How the Window Works
Your car window is simply a piece of glass that sits on a ledge inside your door. The ledge supports the window and is referred to as a regulator. There are an array of different window regulators as they are car-specific.
The regulator is either told to move up or down by a switch that powers a small motor, enabling the regulator to move in the desired direction. If you have a manual window then the regulator is connected to a lever and cogs, your window winder. This manually moves the regulator up and down.
In most cases, it is the regulator that fails and you’ll need to replace it. However, it is worth noting that the motor can fail in an electric window. All you have to do is operate the switch and listen. If you don’t hear a noise when you do the switch then it is either the switch is faulty, the fuse has blown, or the motor needs replacing.
In all other cases, it is the regulator that is no longer working properly and you’ll need to replace it.
Replacing A Window Regulator
This is a time-consuming job that can be a little tricky. You’ll need to locate all the screws fastening your door panel onto the door and remove them. There are likely to be a few clips. Once you have removed the door panel there is an inner plastic layer that will also need to be removed. You will then be able to see the regulator, the window glass should be sat in it.
This bolts into position, you’ll need to undo these bolts and then support the glass while you maneuver the regulator out of the door space.
Fitting is the reverse of removal. But, this can be difficult, you may prefer to get professional help.
The Window Up
If your window is stuck down and you need to leave the car somewhere you’re going to have to move it upward. The easiest way to do this is with a friend. You have to place your hands on each side of the glass and pull upward. At the same time, your friend must hold the switch or turn the winder.
It should be possible to guide the window closed and then wedge something between the glass and the seal to stop it from falling back down. But, this is only a temporary fix!