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Can I raise power window manually?

Passenger window stopped working while it was down. Is there a way to raise the window by hand without breaking anything?

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I too have the same problem as mentioned, and since I live in Georgia, its rain pretty much every afternoon in the summer months. The motors in both my passenger and drivers window are shot, but while diagnosing the problem, I figured out how to raise the window manually in case your windows is stuck down like me.

1. Remove the door panel.
2. Remove the moisture barrier.
3. Remove the speaker from door, this will make it easier to see whats going on.
4. Locate window regulator motor riveted to the door frame. The end of this part has a white hard plastic cap which houses the brushes.
5. With a flat head screw driver, pry the three metal tabs outward , these hold the end cap securely in place. (circled in red in pictures)
6. Use a pair of pliers to pull the white end cap strait off. Be careful the brushes and strings will fall out.
7. With the end of the stater exposed, use on hand to pull the windows up, and the other hand to rotate the stater. This will drive the gear which drive the window. Be patient here, it may not appear as if anything is happened. That is because the reduction gears within the regulator.
8. Once you have the window all the way up, replace the end cap, brushes, springs, and bend three metal tabs back to secure cap.
9. Your done!

Here are some pictures I took for reference.

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No, the motor will provide too much resistance. I suggest a sheet of clear plastic & duct tape until you can get it fixed. Sorry.

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