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Old 08-09-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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Drive side window switch will not work for 15 seconds

If you hold the driver side window switch in the up position for a few seconds, it will make a strange *pewww* sound. Then the switch won't roll the window down for probably 10 seconds. This doesn't happen to the other window switches. Maybe it's some sort of electrical protection?

Has anyone else noticed this? If not, does anyone else mind testing it out? I'd like to know if my car is defective in some way.

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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Defective. Find a way to be able to reproduce the problem on the fly and show it to your dealer. They will fix it under warranty.
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:03 PM   #3
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Defective. Sounds like a bad switch, so it should be easy enough for the dealer to replicate.
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Does yours do the same thing if the window is down and you hold the switch until it makes that noise? Mine does this, but it doesn't take 15 seconds to work again. Probably closer to 5 seconds.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:55 PM   #5
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Does yours do the same thing if the window is down and you hold the switch until it makes that noise? Mine does this, but it doesn't take 15 seconds to work again. Probably closer to 5 seconds.
Yes. If, at any time, I hold to the switch up for too long, it will make the noise and stop for some amount of time. I'm not sure if it's exactly 5, 10, or 15 seconds, but it's somewhere around there.
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Stupid question.

Why would you want to do this?

Some form of built in protection is nice, why exercise it regularly?
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:13 PM   #7
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Stupid question.

Why would you want to do this?

Some form of built in protection is nice, why exercise it regularly?
I originally thought it was some built in protection as well, but what exactly could it be protecting if the other switches don't do this? I have no desire to exercise this, but, if it means there could be something else defective in my car, I want it fixed while under warranty.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:45 AM   #8
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I know the switching & electronics for the windows varies between models & window locations on them, Driver's is different from the others on my earlier model for example.

On the '12+ cars there are electronic modules for control at different locations depending on the trim level/options, as those who were trying to enable "global open/close" on their cars found out.

BetaDnB mentioned his works in a similar fashion, so it MAY be normal.

By all means get it checked out if you're worried, it just struck me as a question I couldn't answer for my own as I'd never tried holding a switch longer than needed to move the window open or closed.
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My passenger side windows were working erratically til I disconnected the battery for a few minutes. I think that reset the door control modules.
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My front passenger motor seized up and would only work intermittently. Prior to its failure, the motor sounded like it was struggling to work - much different from the other windows. In the service manual, I seem to recall a multimeter test that can determine if the switch or motor is good (or not). If it's out of warranty, replacing a window motor should run around $250 +/-. If it's just a switch, that should be a lot cheaper fix.
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