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I have a 97 Olds 88 and the powered passenger front window will not raise back up

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  • kslabbe Sep 13, 2010

    That did the trick, thank you! I live in Alaska and its starting to get cold so the window is just going to have to stay up for awhile. Thanks again!

  • kslabbe Sep 13, 2010

    That did it. I really didn't want to face -50 with the window down X-P thank you!


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Due to the age of the vehicle being more than ten years old , I would suspect the window motor has stalled . This is usually caused by carbon deposits between the commutator and brush in the motor itself . The motor will probably have to be replaced . However , there is one quick fix you can try that might work to at least get the window up until you can have it replaced . With the ignition switch on and while powering the driver's door window switch control for the front passenger door as if you are trying to close the window on the passenger side , open the passenger door and slam it shut . Repeat this process a few times if necessary as it will possibly cause the brush to make better contact with the commutator allowing the motor to function . It is important that the switch is activated in the opposition and the key is in the on position for this to work as the contact will be brief but the electrical current will have a chance to complete the circuit and power the window motor .

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    I'm glad it worked. When you replace your window motor you'll have to remove the door panel to access it. While the door panel is off , take the time to inspect the mechanical components related to the passenger window . Lubricate all the moving parts in the regulator assembly if it is the scissor type . I'm not sure if you have the older scissor type or the newer nylon or cable track assembly . You'll know when you go to purchase the motor as you will either get just a motor or an entire window lift assembly which comes with the motor already attached to cable or nylon style control assembly . If you get the control assembly you'll only have to lubricate the window guide channels the window slides up and down inside of . Use silicone spray to lubricate each channel guide . If you have the scissor type regulator , use the white Lubriplate grease (lithium base) that comes in a spray can to lubricate the rollers, scissor , and channels . Good luck .


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