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Drivers side front window not working

Window on front drivers side is down and does not want to come up again. When pressing the button a small clicking noise can be heard from within the switch box. The other three windows are working so there is power to the unit. This happened once before but fixed itself after being left for 12 hours. Not this time! Have no wiring diagram so do not know if there are individual fuses for each window.Mechanically it seems the linkage is intact and the glass is unbroken.
How do I establish if the motor is broken?
Could it be the switch itself not doing the job?
The switch is very small so I assume there is a relay somewhere in the circuit to provide the higher amperage needed to drive the motor. Where is this relay?

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  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I have 2000 Lexus GS-300, 90k miles. Same problem. Lexus embarrased itself by this. No accidents or broken glass on the door. First, the driver side window started to work intermittently, then, the passenger side window the same symptoms.

    The driver side got worse where only 10% of time it may go up. I asked my mechanic/body shop guy to take the door apart. He guessed it may be the master window switch on driver side, but guess what, after buying the switch from dealer for $420, it was not the switch. Same sympoms presist.

    I took the old switch apart, ( very simple PCB, worth $10 total parts) cleaned the contacts, checked all the diodes,resistors, mechanical contact points. No problem found. Replaced old switch back.

    We are going to test the window regulator, as well as relays that runs the regulators (window motor).

    The main suspect is the relay. There is nothing else.



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After taking away the door panel and the door loudspeaker I found that the wires leading to the lift motor had somehow got caught in the gadget that dampens the force to save the hinges breaking when you open the door. This mechanism is bolted on to the door with two bolts and to the door frame with a pin. It has a spring steel tang attached to a stopper inside the door. The wires had somehow got caught between the stopping plate and the door frame. Motor was burned out and replaced. All OK now.

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