Modern car windows are ultra-convenient, so there’s no need to crank a hand roller anymore. At the press of a button, you can make your window roll up or down, allowing you to stay warm in your car or let in a cool breeze.
While having your car windows get stuck can be a nightmare, regardless of whether they get stuck up or down. Whether you have power windows or manual windows, you can figure out why your windows won’t roll up if you follow some easy tips.
1. Check Safety Locks
For starters, double-check that the child safety locks aren’t engaged in your vehicle. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that these are the problem if you’ve had a busy day or perhaps engaged the button by accident. Once you verify that this lock is not on, you can check it off your list of potential culprits.
2. Check For A Blockage
In winter, when your car window isn’t moving due to a blockage, the reason is that it’s clogged with snow or ice. Try removing these impediments manually. You’ll want to be careful not to damage the glass, so you may want to consider using a lighter or similar tool to melt the ice or snow if it’s heavily accumulated. This is also best practice when the ice or snow blocks the window slot or is otherwise too difficult.
3. Restart Your Car
If none of the above-referenced quick fixes seem to be the issue, consider simply turning your car on and off again. Sometimes, this resets the internal computers and electronics in your vehicle and will resolve any minor problems that are preventing your car windows from rolling up properly.
4. Slam Door Method
If you have ever slammed your TV in an attempt to make it work slamming your car door might also do the trick. It is as simple as it may seem, sometimes just slamming your door can solve the issue.
Glass windows are set on tracks within your door panel. If your window is somehow dislodged from the track (or if it is tilted to the side), it may not engage with the motor, even if it’s working correctly.
Slamming your car door can help to resolve this problem by realigning your glass window with the tracks.
5. Strike The Door
Similar to the door slam method, the striking method can help realign your window with the tracks and motor. Using your palm (to avoid injury or damage), take your hand and strike the center of your car door on the outside. Never use tools in place of your hand, as this can cause damage to the paint and body of your vehicle.
When utilizing the striking method, only do it a few times and see if it produces results. Do not continue striking the door if it doesn’t get your window back on track. Also, be careful not to strike your door too hard, as it’s much easier to damage the door’s paint or shatter the glass inside than you might think.
6. Watchout For Other Faults
You should also make sure that the electronics in your car are working before determining if it’s an issue that’s specific to your window. If your car’s interior lights and other electronic parts aren’t functioning correctly, the problem may not be with your window but rather with your car’s battery or circuits. For example, a short circuit could prevent an electrical signal from adequately reaching your car window
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