Top 4 Reasons Your Power Windows Stopped Working – Auto Care Tips from Carlsen Subaru

Learn The Common Reasons Your Car Power Windows Are Not Working

In this article from the experts at Carlsen Subaru, we're talking power windows, and I don't mean the 1985 Rush album. Power windows can malfunction on your car for a variety of reasons. To give you an idea of what to expect when you bring your car in for a fix, we'll go over the four most common reasons that your power windows might stop working on this page. Like any component on your car that runs off of electricity, a simple wiring issue like a blown fuse can suddenly stop your windows from working.

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#4: Blown Electrical Fuses or Relays

You can begin diagnosing this problem yourself, just by listening closely. With the key turned to accessories on, but without the engine running so you can hear better, use the switch and try to operate the power window. What do you hear? If you can hear whirring noises from behind the door, you know that the window motor is getting electricity and is working -- but something has become disconnected.

On the other hand, if you hear absolutely nothing when you activate the switch, electricity probably isn't getting to the window regulator motor. That means you have an electrical problem. The first thing to do in this case is to check the fuses and relays associated with your power windows. If they've gone bad, they'll need to be replaced.

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#3: Damaged Regulator Arm

Hidden inside the door, the power window regulator is a metal bar that's attached to the window glass and slides up and down a track. When you press the power window switch, the motor activates to move the window up and down on the track.

If you can hear the motor whirring away inside the door, but the window isn't moving, the regulator has probably been damaged, or the glass has been disconnected from the regulator arm. To replace it, we'll need to remove the interior door panel, which requires special tools to prevent damage to your car's interior.

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#2: Burned Out Regulator Motor

Even if the electrical system and window regulator are working correctly, one of your windows might stop working if the motor itself burned out.

It can be tricky to tell if the motor burned out on its own or if there's an electrical problem elsewhere in the system. That's why it pays to have a Subaru certified dealership expert take a look at this problem. With their special tools and know-how, they can diagnose an electrical problem on your car quickly and correctly. Visit Carlsen Subaru to find out exactly what's going wrong with your power windows.

#1: Seized Window Glass

More often than not, the window simply gets stuck.

If you try using the power window switch and you hear the motor working in the door, and the glass moves a little, but doesn't travel all the way up and down, the window glass itself is probably catching on something. It could be a piece of debris that got stuck in the window track.

Either by lubricating the window tracks to allow the glass to slide smoothly up and down or by disassembling the door to remove the obstruction, our technicians should be able to fix a stuck window without having to mess with the regulator motor or regulator arm. That's it! You'll be back on your way, safely protected from the elements.

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