How To Diagnose A Problem With Your Power Window

Before assuming that your car has a major problem, let’s take a few moments to diagnose your power window problem and see if we can shed some light on the situation.

First, verify that all other windows are in working order. If all four windows fail at the same time and you have checked your fuses, you could have an electrical break in the door harness that runs between the body of the car and your door. If only one is not working properly, and it’s in the rear, it could still be an electrical break, but it’s rare in most vehicles, and more often found in the rear of Cadillac Devilles.

In most modern cars, it’s usually the regulator that goes first, with a few exceptions. The regulator is generally a cable track pulley system that is made of cheap plastic parts. In hotter climates, these regulators fail quickly and fail often. Symptoms of this type of problem include the glass dropping into the door panel, crunching, grinding or other funky noises indicating that the motor is working, but the glass is not being raised.

Some older vehicles have what’s called a scissor action regulator in the door. These regulators are bulletproof for the most part, but they do fail from time to time. There are small teeth on the arm of the regulator that attaches to the window lift motor and those teeth are thin and can break away. Symptoms of this would generally include a slight drop of the window and inability to raise all the way to the top. You may hear a noise that sounds similar to a machine gun – de de de de. When this occurs, using the power window or helping the glass up, can put further stress on your power window motor, which can lessen the life of the motor and cause it to draw more power from your power window switch. Power window switches in modern cars are outrageously priced and are often “dealer only” parts.

If your power window problem is running slowly, it’s likely that it’s just the power window lift motor that is to blame. Symptoms include the window starting to come up at normal speed and then when it gets part way up, it slows down to turtle speed and you have to help it up to the top. Again, not recommended. In touching the glass, you are putting additional pressure on the power window regulator, which can break and cause you more money. Glass carriers on regulators can also break, which would cause the window to tilt forward or backward.

If you have a power window problem in a Mazda, Nissan, Infiniti, or older Chevy or Ford, it’s likely the motor that’s the problem, even if you hear funky noises or crunching sounds. The gears inside some of those motors are plastic and will break down over time. They can be rebuilt in some cases.

Power Window Repair can help you fix your power window problem at 40-70% less than traditional repair facilities and dealers. Your power window problem does not have to break your budget and it doesn’t have to be put off when you can find affordable prices at Power Window Repair. Our proprietary repair of stainless steel and custom metal parts provides a more permanent solution for our customers, so take a look at what we have to offer and then call today for a FREE diagnosis & quote at (480) 570-5116. If you are outside the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, please be advised that we do accept repairs by mail and can turn most repairs around in 24-36hrs.

Power Window Repair Phoenix Arizona

Power Window Repair Phoenix

Watch our video, showing how we repair power window regulators and the power window repair services that we offer in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. We offer solid repairs designed to give our customers a more permanent solution to their power window woes and we offer a solid 1 year warranty to back it! Our creative pricing makes our repairs affordable, which gives you double the value in your repair! Call Power Window Repair Phoenix today for a free diagnosis and quote! Diagnostic Hotline (480)570-5116.

Is Your Power Window Broken? Who Do You Call?

Is your power window broken, stuck, off the track, moving slowly, or did it just drop into the door? Who are you going to call?

You don’t call your local tire repair shop. You don’t call your regulator mechanic and for Pete’s sake, you definitely don’t call the dealer!

We are always shocked when we get a call from a tire shop or machine shop for a quote on a power window for a customer. Even worse is when they call about door locks or door handles, because we know they have ZERO idea what they are doing or what’s behind that door panel and that’s why they’re calling on us.

We know it’s easier to deal with someone you already know, but taking a broken power window or anything else not tire related to a tire shop is just plain silliness! Let’s put it this way, most glass shops prefer not to work on these broken power windows because they are difficult, most are connected to a computer that’s finicky and if they get stuck on something funky, what do they do then?

Most skilled mechanics will tell you that working on power window systems is a PITA (pain in the you know what). When they get a call from a customer that says that their power window is broken, they cringe. Each vehicle is different. Each year range for each vehicle is different and parts can sometimes be hard to find, if you can figure out what’s definitely wrong with the system. This may be why most dealers call us and ask for a diagnosis, even after their mechanic has diagnosed the problem as a motor or a switch. They know better than to be ordering parts until they’ve spoken to one of our diagnostic technicians if they want to save time and money.

A broken power window can leave you feeling unsafe and vulnerable, which can in turn cause you to make snap decisions and have you running to the dealership when you have another option. Power Window Repair will save you 40-70% off traditional power window repair rates and because we specialize in power windows, our skilled technicians can offer mobile service on most repairs. Our proprietary repair of stainless steel and customer-fabricated parts applied to the weakest points of power window regulator provides for years of worry-free use, unlike the inferior replacement parts found on the market today.

To get a free diagnosis and quote on your vehicle, call (480)570-5116. We’ll get you the answers you need quickly and your repair completed in a snap! Be sure to check out our reviews on Yelp, BBB, Facebook and Angie’s List. We’re no joke when it comes to power windows!

 

 

 

FUNNY, YET EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PROP YOUR POWER WINDOW

Okay, Power Window Repair services over 4,000 power windows a year in Phoenix, AZ and I have to say, I am shocked and surprised at some of the pictures my techs send in from the field and the descriptions of what customers have used to prop their power window glass temporarily. It’s downright hysterical and quite inventive!

 

Let’s be realistic, if you don’t know that Power Window Repair exists, you could miss a car payment trying to get that window working properly again. It’s no joke what some dealers and shops think is okay to charge for their repair. If you can’t afford that repair, you may try to get that glass up temporarily to keep the elements AND critters out of your vehicle.

 

And…. drumroll please….

The PWR Angel Awards go to:

The guy who’s wife stuck chop-sticks in the rubber trim of his BMW 7-Series! His wife didn’t want him spending $700 on a repair, but she didn’t want him driving around in a 50k car with duct tape on the window either!!! She was pleasantly pleased enough that she actually made a phone call to me and I was able to have a laugh with her over her ingenious idea! It turns out that she’s Japanese. Apparently, she keep old pairs of chopsticks in her junk drawer for all kinds of household purposes! Who knew?!?

The gal who used pliers and cardboard to lift her glass and then taped cans of baked beans stacked together to hold the glass in place! Kudos! Girl Power! Now that’s a Power Window Repair Angel!

And last, but not least….

The kid who used suction cups that he stole from his mother’s stained-glass ornaments, hanging in her kitchen window. She hadn’t noticed them missing yet, so he left early from work to come to the shop. It was the first time I had seen this technique used. He said the Audi was a gift for college from his grandfather and there was NO WAY he was putting duct tape on that paint. Now that’s using your noggin!

If you have a power window repair and you’re in the Phoenix Metro area, give Power Window Repair a call first. I guarantee you will save a bundle and you won’t ever be sorry you picked up the phone. As always, we encourage you to do your own research on any company you choose to work on your vehicle. Power Window Repair strives to provide the biggest bang for your buck on everything power windows and we are known for our excellent customer service, but don’t take our word for it. Take a moment to visit Yelp, Angie’s List and the BBB. It takes just a moment to give yourself a little peace of mind! Be smart about how you spend your money!

Call Power Window Repair for a Free Diagnosis & Quote! (480)570-5116