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Old 05-27-2016, 11:37 PM   #1
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Drivers window stuck in down position

The power window system has ******* itself and the window is stuck in the fully down position. I don't know what's specifically wrong with it, but since it's really hard to get parts for this car here and I have no chance of getting any parts today, I just want to get the window up because I park on the street and leaving it there with the window fully down is not desirable :(

I've taken off the door panel and pulled back the internal lining to try and manually lift it, but I cant get it to come up. Only the side pointing to the back of the car is lifting. The side pointing to the front is stuck.

How can I get the window up by hand?


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Old 05-28-2016, 12:05 AM   #2
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You shouldn't be able to manually lift it, an attachment clip is prob. broken already to be able to lift one end.

Unless you know the regulator/motor is broken, the first step in an emergency when it's not working electrically is to detach the wiring to the motor and use a battery/wires to operate the motor directly.

Broken regulator, you'll have to find a way to see in/reach in and disconnect the glass from the regulator to lift it, and support it whatever way you can cobble up.
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The motor is working fine, so it's probably the regulator or the cable.

How the heck am I supposed to disconnect the glass from the regulator. There's two bolts connecting the window to the regulator, but you can't remove one of them unless the window's about 2/3rds of the way up. It cannot be accessed in the fully down position.
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You just gotta work it, there will be no clearcut plan for that. The window clip(s) break and then window derails at the cables. The cable slack then commonly wraps up in a knot in 5000 different ways and that will determine how you proceed next.

Sounds like if all wadded up then somebody will be cutting some cable there to free the glass up so it can be lifted.

Like that you cut a piece of board to hold window up or other, it will NOT stay up by itself, trying to make it do so then it commonly falls wonky and bust the glass then, so you need to be sure of what gets done there. I have 2 Foci and a piece of board handy for either one when needed, the window regulators on the cars are pure garbage.

Two things for others reading this. If you suspect yours of breaking the clips then immediately STOP using the up/down, it will NOT fix a thing (it's really broke baby!) and most commonly makes things much WORSE by double and then triple wrapping cable in knots. The other is that the regulators will last YEARS longer by simply not ramming the window dead hard in the groove up or going 100% all the way down. I always leave like 1/2" of glass showing at what I call 'full down'. The regulators are child protected to keep from crushing childs' head stuck in window and they break the clips around 40 lbs. of force or so. If you learn to simply kiss all the way up and don't go all the way down they NEVER BREAK. BTDT. They last then because you are not banging them against the end stops which are simply small pieces of plastic bumper that break off and fall away in like the first 6 months of window use, after the bumper is gone all that's left there is a hard hit against metal that breaks the clips quick.

Like most other things on the planet, you can make it harder on yourself or easier.

Quick check for one that has fractured a clip and about to come apart? Roll glass up halfway and then using both hands clapped on opposite sides of the glass try to raise the glass up. If it moves more than say 1/4 inch slack there you are getting out of shape, should not move hardly at all. Excess slack there says cable has derailed off at least one pulley groove already and ready to wad up or a clip has fractured to not hold position firmly. Or, about to come apart.
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