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Window problem when i push the power window switch i hear a noise like the motor is working but the window dosent move,what could that be?

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Sounds like the cable for the power window mechanism has failed. Most cars, you replace as an assembly with a new motor. You usually can't buy just the cable. And, on some cars there is a plastic piece that breaks, and even though all other components are good, you can't buy just the plastic piece.

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