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Driver side electric window doesn't work. The door console switches for the other windows work. Is there a way to manipulate the wires to cut into the stuck window to make it go? Thanks, Ed Parauka

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  • kkgibbs Dec 03, 2008

    I have a 4 door 1998 Intrigue. The driver side window & rear window won't move. The passenger side front & back work. How do I get the door panel off to diagnose this?

  • gjngareau Dec 28, 2008

    same thing - 1990 Olds 88 - driver's electric window won't go down. I thought it was the mechanism. Could it be a fuse? The window was slow and would work if you "played" with the switch but finally just quit moving. If it were a fuse would it go fast or gradually?

  • jessicahill Mar 30, 2009

    I have a 2006 Mazda 3 and the same issue! All other windows work but the drivers side took a ****, it goes up and down when it wants to, seems to be more adpt to not move when it's cold. So it is not yet completely dead, could that just be the switch?

  • imissmyvwrab Apr 15, 2009

    I am thinking that the switch is good, as it has good resistance thru an ohm meter. I actually think that, since I had the same problem with the window "sticking" that the motor was just slowly going bad. I can actually say this with confidence, since I have tried bridging the power to the wire going to the motor itself....nothing, not even a twitch. I will prob replace and see if that was the problem.

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I would rather believe that your problem is not in the switch, but in the mechanism itself. In any case the door panel must be removed to diagnose this problem.

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