I have a 98 vw beetle that the power windows quit working with the switch. I replaced the switch, but they still won't work. However the windows will roll up and down with the key from the outside of the door. So is there a relay or something else that I'm missing? And if so where ? thanks
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Re: power windows quit working
You sound like you have a bad connection to the new switch. Clean the contact on the wire connection to the switch. Also get a jumper wire to see if you can jump it out with the new switch pulled off???
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can you hear the motor trying to work the window? A fairly common problem is the window regulator breaks. this is the cable operated lifting mechanism that raises the window, when it breaks you can hear the motor winding away, accompanied by a faint clunking noise as the motor tries to operate the mechanism. They are quite difficult to replace. if you cannot hear the motor working (also assuming all your other windows do work) then either to motor is faulty or there is no power to the motor. the wiring inside the rubber boot that goes from the car to the door (by the door hinges) is prone to breaking due to the constant flexing back and fourth as the door is opened and closed. switches can also fail, you may be able to swap the drivers/passengers switches around if they are identical for testing.
you have two options one your relay is bad that is also you hazard switch replace that first the cheaper of the two fixes other one is the turn signal stalk itself is bad. that you might want to take to a shop
My problem has been solved. I contacted the VW Customer Service and spoke with an advocate. The advocate and my dealership reached a conclusion and VW has decided to replace the items to alleviate my problem at their cost. Sometimes, dreams come true. Good luck to all of you who have similar problems with your VW Beetle convertible. It took quite a lot of patience and determination on my part, but the VW advocate was sympathetic to my plight since I'd never taken the vehicle anywhere else but the dealership for all repairs. The repairs have not been completed yet, so I cannot say whether or not the dilemma is, indeed, solved.
The power for door lock servos and windows is on the same run of cable in wiring harness in door, with two very similar plugs that connect to the window switch and to the door switch. My guess is ou have probably connected the power window plug to the door and vice versa. You will notice one plug has 4 pins and the other has 5 (from memory) - make sure you match these up.