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Power window driver side front power window does not work I have 12 volts to motor is motor bad

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  • vtuggle Sep 24, 2008

    My driver side window does not work either but spouse thinks it is the switch, not the motor.

    Apparently the local (small town) auto parts store does not carry power window switches for this 97 Buick Skylark



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If the motor isn't responding theyn I would definitely say it is, try another motor on it, that should work...

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You will have to remove the door pad and using a volt meter find if you have 12 volts to the motor while operating the switch.
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The best procedure to find this problem is to start at the motor and work your way back to the power source (fuse box) testing each component to see if it is getting voltage.

If you fail to get 12 volts at either of these steps then the component leading to the one which failed to show 12 volts is bad.

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