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Power window and switches not working and smelling burn

I was having problems with the switches like false contacts but yesterday I switched down the window and started smelling like burn and it did not work after that. i want to know what should I replace first or a tip to test it. thanks

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I believe there is a relay that needs to be reset after you replace the motor. Get a tester and make sure the wire is getting electricity to it too and that it's not just a fuse that's the problem. Hope it helps!

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the drivers door switch is most likely bad, they get used the most and wear out first, the connector on the back of switch may have come loose and not making good electrical contact, remove switch and check connector and if still not working need new switch, the windows are all on same circuit and either all work or none work so not fuse. extremely rare is a short in wired but not likely.

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