Power window not functioning properly

the right front power window will not function properly.
Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
This is a common issue in cars. There can be several things wrong. The most common issues are window switches or faulty motors when its just one particular window that is not working. But electrical circuit problems can also occur. Especially if the the motor caused the electrical circuit to "open", meaning no flow of electricity to that circuit. A mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, will have access to electrical diagrams to properly diagnose the window problem.

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The most common reasons a Volkswagen Cabrio window won`t go up or down are window`s electrical system such as a fuse or relay, a broken window motor, or a broken window regulator.
Window Switch is Bad. Switches can be a finicky thing and one possible reason for a power window to fail is the switch. This could be due to several things, including a wiring issue or physical damage, but it could also just be the wear and tear those buttons receive.
Typically, a malfunctioning car window is caused by one or more of the follow items: Broken window motor. Broken window switch. Broken window cable pulley.
Check the fuse

Other cars have individual fuses for each window motor so failure will only affect the one window. In some cars the fuse is in the main fusebox but many makers use in-line fuses so check with your manual to find where the fuse is and replace it if blown.

Testing at night with your engine off, but ignition and headlights on will be your best option. Depress the power window switch and if you see a slight dimming of your headlights or your dome or dash lights, you are getting an electrical connection to the switch and it is sending that power to the motor.
If the car or the variant you plan to buy does not have power windows, you can always get them fixed from the aftermarket.
Hold the key down for 2-5 seconds after the window is down.

Once your window is all the way down, hold the button down for 2-5 seconds. Release the button after you`ve held it down for a short period of time. On some vehicles, the required time to reset the window is 2 seconds. On others, it is 5 seconds.

How do I know if my power window motor is bad? If your window won`t close completely, it doesn`t move as quickly as it used to, the window doesn`t move at all, or there are strange noises or smells when you press a power window switch, the power window motor has likely failed.
If the car or the variant you plan to buy does not have power windows, you can always get them fixed from the aftermarket.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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Driver’s side windows do not properly function
ANSWER : If removing the driver door window switch (or the driver-side console switch), and applying direct power to the harness yields successful operation of the window, the problem is the switch that was removed for the test. This can be confirmed utilizing a voltmeter/multimeter, and following the "power path" from the fuse, to the switch, to the output side of the switch (harness plug side of the switch), etc. A YourMechanic technician can assist with the diagnosis of your window issue and help you fix it accordingly.

Power window on driver side goes down when car placed in reverse or drive without touching power window buttons.
ANSWER : Hi there. The only thing that would cause this is an electrical short, caused perhaps by an exposed wire in the power window module, which is located in the center console of your Ford Explorer. The best advice we could offer would be to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location to complete an electrical problems inspection to try and isolate the source of this issue.

What is causing my power window to act strangely?
ANSWER : It sounds like the window motor is approaching the end of its useful life. When electric motors age and wear, they become less efficient and less powerful. They will slow down and start to draw more current. The power window circuit is protected by a circuit breaker. Your motor when pushing the window up, is exceeding the limit of the breaker, then it opens the circuit.

The breaker only takes a second or two to cool off and resume, and then the process repeats. There are some things you can check and try. Check the rubber window track. Make sure it is in good condition. You can lubricate it with a silicone grease, like dielectric or tune-up grease. Use a small paintbrush to lube the inside of it where the edge of the glass contacts.

Clean and wax the window glass. Friction from the glass to the rubber atop the door panel can slow a window down. Window tint will also create more friction. Doing all of this before replacing the motor might be enough, but if the motor is tripping the breaker, it will probably need to be replaced. You can also try these things on the passenger side to see how much faster it will become. If you want to have this the window motor replaced, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to perform this service.

None of my power window will go up or down. And I just replace the power window relay
ANSWER : Check the 20 amp power window circuit breaker in the engine compartment fuse box. If the circuit breaker is sending power to the relay then the main power window switch will need to be checked to see if it is getting power on the yellow and light green wire at the switch. If you are getting power, then the problem will be in the main control switch. Check for power at the yellow, white, and black wires that go to the front power window motor, they should have power when you move the driver window switch up or down with the key in the on position. If you find that there is no power then the switch is at fault. If you need more help diagnosing the problem, contact a certified mechanic who can assess the issue with your windows and make the necessary repairs.

Electrical issue with window
ANSWER : Hi there. If you are still unsure after testing both components, you could always make a switched jumper wire, or use a circuit tester that is capable of acting as a switch. This way, you can avoid having to buy another switch and taking a chance that it is not the problem. Or you could supply voltage directly to the motor, in a short burst, to see if the motor functions in each direction. Just be aware that you need to be careful not to injure yourself around the moving parts. If you would like to have an expert perform this procedure for you, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the electrical system and follow through with proper repairs.

drivers side power window will not go down on 1999 buick Century
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The window motor may have failed, and replacing it is a good idea. If you have a voltmeter, you can test that the motor is receiving power when the switch is pressed to go down. The motor will reverse polarity to switch the motor from going up to down, and it should read 12 volts while going down, and -12 volts when going up. If the voltage readings are correct, and the motor is not responding, then the motor is the problem. If the readings at the motor or incorrect, there is a circuit problem likely pertaining to the wiring or the switch. For more help with testing, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

All 4 power windows won’t roll up or down from any of the window controls in the cabin.
ANSWER : Hello. Typically when this occurs it is because there is an issue with the MCU in the fuse box under the dash. This is a module that is used to provide power to the master switch. It can also be caused by the box itself. I usually need to test all of the circuits with a voltage meter to see where the switch is losing its power. If you want to have your windows fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [diagnose why the windows do not work] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/windows-inspection

My car died while on the freeway and I lost all power to my headlights, taillights, blinkers, power steering, windows and door loc
ANSWER : Hi there. Power to operate your vehicle during operation is supplied by the alternator. If you lost power to all systems, it will be caused by either the alternator failing, or an electrical relay or connection being damaged. Circuit tests should be performed to prove the failure(s). It could be that the fusible link(s) have burned near the battery positive cable. If the fusible link(s) have burned, the short that caused the failure needs to be identified. It could be a faulty ignition switch is the source of your issues as well. It would be a good idea to have a professional mechanic come to your location and complete an electrical components inspection so they can determine what is causing your problems.