This just happened yesterday. Unfortunately it is in the down position and there is a chance of rain tonight. What should I look for? I am trying to take the door panel off. How do I go about doing that?
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Re: Driver side power window not working.
The only sujestion i will tell you is to turn the ignition on, hold the power window swicth in the up position while you top on door panel hard, if this don't help then you might have to take the panel out
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Though the window switch is a possibility, more often then not, the window motor itself is starting to go bad. Intermittent loss of function is the most common initial sign. I recommend leaving the window up until the have the motor replaced. Otherwise you are risking having it stuck in the down position and never being able to get it back up without replacement. These things seem to happen at the worst time, like when its about to rain.
If you lift your hood, check the wires that are for your windshield wiper fluid, I had the same problem and because the wires were being pressed against the molding water was able to drop down onto the engine. When ever it rains really hard felt like the truck was going to cut off. But when the sun was out my baby would pur like a kitten.
Yes! The wiring between the Door and the Chassis Wiring Harness. This wiring has to Flex every time you open and close the door. Chances are that one or more wires have "Work Hardened" and Broken inside the Insulation in the Harness. Another thing to check is the Window Switch. If water has gotten into these switches which commonly happens if you drive with the Window Partially Open in Rain or Snow, moisture accumulates and drips into the Switches corroding the contacts. It is cheaper to replace the Switch than attempting to repair it.
The driver side window switch is the master switch, the power or input to either roll the window up or down goes thru that switch. Double check all the connections on the back of the driver side window switch are good. With a DVOM you can also check to see if 12v are even getting to the master switch in the first place. If you aren't even getting power to the main power window switch you could've blown the power window fuse.
I've had a similar problem with my 2003 Buick Century. In my case, the driver's side front window one day went up and would not come down. I knew that the switch was malfunctioning by sticking in the up position since the window continued up despite the fact that Iet off the switch when the window was half way up and it continued going up. I had to pull over and pull the master switch assembly from the door panel and unplug it to prevent the window motor from being damaged by the constant power feeding it after the window was up. Basically, it would have burned the motor out. I cleaned the switch and it now works fine most of the time. I still need to replace the assembly. Not sure this is the reason in your case. I would check the back window and see if it goes down with the switch on the back door panel. If it does, then you are having problem with the master switch assembly on your front door panel. Moisture from rain from the window being down during rain or dirt may have corroded the switches' contacts.