The day is hot and you’re on your way to work in the morning. The sun has turned your vehicle into a rolling microwave, baking the moisture from your very flesh. You decide to roll down the window and let in some fresh air.
Eventually, you feel better, the AC kicks in and you go to roll your window back up… only it doesn’t budge. Not quite what you needed on a Tuesday morning. Don’t panic, keep reading and we’ll help you figure out what you can fix, and what you should leave to a professional.
Diagnose the problem
First, listen. When you push the button to raise the window, what sound does it make? Do you hear a mechanical whirring, or is it silent? Odds are, if you hear nothing, it’s an electrical issue. You may need to replace the motor.
If there are noises filtering up whenever you press the buttons, but nothing is happening, then the issue is likely mechanical. This is where you want to get a professional involved. In all likelihood, the window regulator (a fancy term for the arm that raises and lowers your window) is disconnected from the glass. This will require the door to be disassembled and the regulator inspected to figure out the source of the problem. We strongly recommend a professional if you’ve never pulled apart a car door, especially considering you risk shattering the window itself.
If your window is just off track, our team can adjust it for you so you don’t run the risk of damaging the window motor further, or the window glass itself.
Getting the window back up
Assuming the issue is mechanical and not electrical, getting the window back up is risky. You can always try to firmly grasp the window on either side and pull it up manually, but odds are you’re going to further separate it from the regulator and motor.
We suggest you give us a call right away and let us schedule an appointment to take a look. If you aren’t able to get back home or head straight to us, make sure you park away from other cars and in the shade to deter others poking around in your vehicle while you plan your next move.