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Repair a Frozen Power Window

Power windows don’t really need any regular maintenance, but I know of a situation where a little “care” can possibly save you the expense of a large repair bill.

If you live in a northern climate where snow and ice are common during the winter months, you’ve probably experienced the Frozen Power Window condition. You clean the snow and ice off the car or truck and head off. You may stop at the end of the drive to check the mail or need to clean the driver’s side mirror. You push the down button and the window doesn’t move. This is probably the sign of a Frozen Power Window.

So you push the down button again, and again. And maybe again please don’t do this.

You may be lucky and the window will roll down…this time.

What happened is the weather strip on the outside of the car, along the top of the belt reveals molding, has frozen to the glass. Power window motors are very strong. They move the glass up and down by driving a cogged tape or a gear. When the glass is frozen in position, there is tremendous strain being put on the tape and regulator and or gears. You may even see the interior trim panel “bulge” inward as the motor tries to move the glass and the metal in the door flexes. Regulators can bend and drive tapes can strip. And new power regulator or motor can cost hundreds of dollars to replace.

So if the glass won't move on the first attempt, just is patient. Open the door if you need access. Once the vehicle interior warms enough for you to be comfortable, you’ll find that the heat will warm the glass enough to thaw it free from the weather strip.

If for some reason you have to absolutely roll down that window before the car's interior heat gets a chance to thaw the glass along the window weather strip where the glass is frozen, here are a couple of tips that may save you money and avoid a costly trip to the car repair shop.

1. Use a credit card. Insert the credit card between the window and the weather strip. This will break the seal between the window and the weather strip, and free your window.

2. Use a plastic comb. This time insert the comb between the window and the weather strip to break the seal and free your window. 2. Use a plastic comb. This time insert the comb between the window and the weather strip to break the seal and free your window.

Source: http://www.carcare-tips.com/support-files/frozenpowerwindow.pdf

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Today's car repair blog: nzymkl - 2018-01-20 21:32:54