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I'm having a problem with my driver side power window. It's stuck in place and will not move when I move the switch up and down. What can I do to fix this issue?

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Sounds like you need to replace the window mtr.

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OK, I really don't know how these guys get GURU and EXPERT status. I think it must be by sheer number of posts, not the content. Every useless answer is posyed by an expert!

Although the motor could be NS, there are a few things that will generally go in a pwr window system before the motor. The motor will die if put under extreme load; ie sticky window runners and dirty slides etc sometimes but not normally as just a component failure however it may/can be shorted by a faulty switch. Usually the switch dies/burns out first.

If possible, remove the door trim and the harness to the switch. In the harness going to the motor, there should be 5 wires. 4 if not equiped with a lED light in the switch itself. There should be two of similar colour, two of another similar colour and the extra for the LED earth. With 2 jumper wires, diagonally bridge from one colour to the other colour. Set up the first wire, then carefully do the next, just touching the last one for contact. This should make the window go either up or down. To go the other way, swap the diagonal bridged jumpers and it will go up. If this works, then the switch is the problem, not the motor. The system runs on one fuse, sometimes two, isolating the rear, but if the others work then the rest of the systen is fine. I'll put money on the switch!

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