Power windows are a common feature on most late-model vehicles, and while they’re generally quite reliable, like any other mechanical device they can break down and fail. Unfortunately, that failure can often come at the very worst time. Who, for example, wants to be caught with windows that won’t close when rain starts pouring? Or, how about trying to go through a drive-through lane with windows that are stuck in the up position?
Reasons for Power Window Failure
While unlikely, either of these things could happen, and there are generally four reasons why power windows fail.
1. Blown fuse – Normally, this is the first thing to check when power windows stop working. Your owner’s manual will tell you the location of the fuse box in your vehicle and which fuse controls the power windows. If you replace the fuse, and it goes out again, that indicates you may have a more serious problem somewhere in the system. In that case, you’ll probably need the services of a trained technician to locate the ultimate source of the problem.
2. Bad regulator – When you activate the power switch, the regulator, also called the power track, is the device that raises or lowers the windows. When windows don’t move, a bad regulator could be the culprit. Signs you have a bad regulator include windows that won’t close all the way, crooked or jammed windows, and unusual noises when you try to operate the windows.
Why do they fail? Snow and ice are often the culprits. When the area around the glass freezes, the regulators have to work harder to move the glass, and that can cause them to wear out prematurely.
3. Bad window motor – An electric motor provides the power to move the glass up and down on its tracks. Over time, with repeated use, the motor may wear out and will need to be replaced.
4. Misaligned glass – The tracks guide your window glass as it moves up and down, but it’s possible for the windows to get out of alignment in the tracks. Common causes of misalignment include driving on rough, bumpy terrain, repeated slamming of vehicle doors, or poor suspension in your vehicle. Windows may not open or close fully if slightly misaligned, and in cases of severe misalignment, they may not move at all.
Power Window Repair Experts
While you might be able to resolve your power window problems by replacing a blown fuse, for the other problems you’ll need the service of expert window glass technicians. In that case, for car window lock repair service in Chicago, there’s no better place to go than Frank’s Auto Glass. And we also provide locksmithing services for faulty door locks.
Our skilled, experienced technicians will quickly diagnose the source of your problem and have those windows moving smoothly again in no time at all. As part of our great customer service, we always provide a 1-year workmanship guarantee on all repair work on both power and manual windows.
Don’t struggle with faulty vehicle windows. Come to Frank’s Auto Glass on South Wentworth Avenue for the best auto glass repair services in Chicagoland.