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Toyota Celica 1988 - Drivers window not working.

Hi,        I bought a Toyota Celica 1988, I am very happy with it as it has engine and mechanical problems at all.  The only problem that it has is that the drivers electrical window stopped working.  This is how it happened, When I bought it the window wasn't woring, when i pressed the button, the window wouldn't even maka a move or a sound.  But... The next day the window started working miraculously.  The engine seemed to be in perfect state because it was moving up and down without any effort. Two days later the window stopped working again, it never worked again.  I knew by then that it was an electrical problem. Three weeks later,  the window on the other side started with problems,  If i would press the button on that side, it would work perfectly, but if i would press the button on the drivers side, it wouldn't start moving until i'd press the button on the other side of the vehicle. A friend of mine helped me with this problem, I cleaned the contacts of that button on the drivers side and the switch started working perfectly again.  Because of this, i thought that the button to move the drivers side window also had the contacts dirty, so I cleanned them meticulously. The problem persisted.   Another friend with some mechanical experience (I thought.....) Told me to get a new switch. I couldn't find the switch for my 88 model so he said i should try with the 89's model switch.  I did that and i completely broke the whole windows system. Not even the window on the roof works now.  Even with the 88's switch.  Maybe somebody could help me,  because I don't know if it could be the door controller ( A small red square box on the drivers door, where all the window cables seem to end.)  or if I broke something else with a short circuit.  Thanks a lot,                Nacho from Auckland, NZ.

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  • ignbell Jan 30, 2009

    Man! Thanks a lot for your help, it was the fuse! Now i am where i started again :) I'll try to get the other part and i'll open up another thret if it works to rate your solution again.





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Check under the Hood and see if you can Locate the Fuse Relay Box. There is a Relay in this Box for the Windows. Replace this Relay. You really need to try and Locate the Same Model Switch for the Drivers Door as that is the Problem there. Try and Find a Dealership in the States and see if they will Ship you one. Should not be a Problem. Just do a General Search for Dealerships in the USA and Pick. Let me know if the Relay does not work so we can go another Route for Repair. Please Rate my Solution, I need all the Help that I can Get! Thanks!

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