View Full Version : Car Electric Window Stuck Open


G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:31 AM
Argh....I put my car window down to get a ticket from something and when I went to put it up it went halfway up and stopped....so I put it back down and tried to get it back up but it's stuck....it makes a noise like it tries to move a little and then sticks after moving a few mm.

I tried slamming the door while raising the window, jamming something down the side of the window to try to move it, and it sounds like the switch works fine.

The car is a 1993 Jaguar XJ6.

I put the car in my garage for just now, what can I do? I need it for work next week and I can't leave it out in public like that.

lucifers angel
05-20-07, 05:36 AM
aren't you a member of the RAC or AA? i would call them.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:37 AM
see a mechanic.

Nickelodeon
05-20-07, 05:37 AM
Call the AA.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:40 AM
Call the AA.

in america we have THREE a's. this means you are behind the times.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:41 AM
I ain't a member of any of that stuff, and there's no garages open on a Sunday. Would the AA/RAC help me if I wasn't a member and just charge a bit more?

This sucks.

Nickelodeon
05-20-07, 05:41 AM
I thought they were Alcoholics Anonymous.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:42 AM
I ain't a member of any of that stuff, and there's no garages open on a Sunday.

This sucks.

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/power-window-stuck-down-47719.html
hope that helps.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:43 AM
Thanks Nickelodeon, but that was like the first result I got when I searched with google. That's where I got the idea of slamming the door, etc.

Nickelodeon
05-20-07, 05:43 AM
http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/power-window-stuck-down-47719.html
hope that helps.
All the solutions are "hit it real hard"

alexb123
05-20-07, 05:44 AM
Could it just be a fuse?

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:44 AM
Thanks Nickelodeon, but that was like the first result I got when I searched with google. That's where I got the idea of slamming the door, etc.

it was me, you mad scot.

Nickelodeon
05-20-07, 05:45 AM
it was me, you mad scot.

Silence, my sockpuppet.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:46 AM
Silence, my sockpuppet.

never!
KERPLAAAAW!
http://mobcode.com/files/braveheart.jpg

vslayer
05-20-07, 05:47 AM
if its anything like my car then:

take the cover off the inside of the door, run 2 wires from your battery(+ and -) unplug the wires going to the electric window motor, and touch them to your battery wires(swap them around for up and down). if your window still wont go up, then either you need a new window motor or the gear it pivots on it out of shape. if it works fine like this then either you have some bad wiring or maybe new cars have sensors to stop them going up too far and burning out the motor, in which case you will need to see an electrician to make it work.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:47 AM
Could it just be a fuse?

Checked the fuses, fine. Motor seems to make a slight noise when I hit the switch, kind of like glass squeaking against rubber very briefly, then it stops. I can put it down again after that and same again. It only moves a few mm though.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:48 AM
have you tried pushing hard outwards and upwards on the window, while trying to roll it up?
an ex of mine had a similar problem with a manual window, and this is how it was fixed.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:49 AM
it was me, you mad scot.

Woops, brain not working today.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:50 AM
have you tried pushing hard outwards and upwards on the window, while trying to roll it up?
an ex of mine had a similar problem with a manual window, and this is how it was fixed.

Yeah, sort of, problem is it doesn't come out of the top of the door, I have tried that with a fish slice, knife, pencil, and a screwdriver, but nothing.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:51 AM
to me, it seems like your window has slipped it's track...i worked in a body shop a few years back, and this was usually the case...other than that, perhaps a gear has been worn out?

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:51 AM
Is there some way to just shove the window up manually? I don't really care if it won't go down again, I can just use the sunroof, but I just need to get it up some way.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:51 AM
to me, it seems like your window has slipped it's track...i worked in a body shop a few years back, and this was usually the case...other than that, perhaps a gear has been worn out?

I take it there's no easy solution for that?

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:54 AM
I take it there's no easy solution for that?

well, if there was ANY piece that you could push on, it could be fixable by what i suggested above.
other than that, i think the door panel would have to come off to realign it, and i wouldnt recommend that without knowing a bit about what you are doing.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-20-07, 05:56 AM
Yeah, I have a Haynes manual that has saved my ass a few times, but the number of steps to get the panels off is ridiculous, and from the photos getting it off wouldn't help too much anyway.

The Devil Inside
05-20-07, 05:58 AM
Yeah, I have a Haynes manual that has saved my ass a few times, but the number of steps to get the panels off is ridiculous, and from the photos getting it off wouldn't help too much anyway.

there ya go.

im guessing that without a mechanic, you are just going to have to bite the bullet and carpool on monday. :(

Fraggle Rocker
05-21-07, 07:54 AM
You've tried all the easy solutions. You're screwed. Car Windows have all kinds of gears and levers, there's no way to force one.

When a power window fails, which happens about twice per car, I duct tape a plastic trash bag over the window when it's parked. I take it off to drive and hope it doesn't rain.

Electric windows are a real pain. On the balance I think they're more trouble than they're worth. I've only once in my life had a manual window fail. Of course it was crossing the desert in August, halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Fortunately it was a Volvo and the A/C was so heroic it made the interior bearable for the next two hours. Why do cars built in a factory set on an ice floe have such good air conditioning?

Your car is too new for this--oh wait its a Jaguar! One of my favorite movie quotes, from Tim Robbins in "IQ," goes something like this:
Britain will never be a world power again, in the age of technology. They would rather spend time gluing wood on a dashboard than getting the electrical system to work right.

fishtail
05-21-07, 08:48 AM
Argh....I put my car window down to get a ticket from something and when I went to put it up it went halfway up and stopped....so I put it back down and tried to get it back up but it's stuck....it makes a noise like it tries to move a little and then sticks after moving a few mm.

I tried slamming the door while raising the window, jamming something down the side of the window to try to move it, and it sounds like the switch works fine.

The car is a 1993 Jaguar XJ6.

I put the car in my garage for just now, what can I do? I need it for work next week and I can't leave it out in public like that.

It could be a simple thing like a limit switch not working, i dont know about jags but getting at the things can be a pain.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-25-07, 07:34 AM
Your car is too new for this--oh wait its a Jaguar! One of my favorite movie quotes, from Tim Robbins in "IQ," goes something like this:

americans can have an opinion on Jaguars the day they start to pronounce the name right :p

phonetic
05-25-07, 08:45 AM
americans can have an opinion on Jaguars the day they start to pronounce the name right :p

Jag-warrh :D

Sounds like catarrh's nastier twin.

*wonders whether he wants to start this battle*

Why not? :)

At least us Brits, Europeans and er, most other countries in the world, can make cars that go round corners!

Fraggle Rocker
05-25-07, 08:52 AM
americans can have an opinion on Jaguars the day they start to pronounce the name right :pIt's "kha-GWAR," dude! Even most of my people don't say it right. But at least they pronounce Don Juan more or less correctly, not making three syllables out of it. :)

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-25-07, 12:24 PM
It's "kha-GWAR," dude! Even most of my people don't say it right. But at least they pronounce Don Juan more or less correctly, not making three syllables out of it. :)

Ah, but language is an evolving, constantly changing thing, and all that other crap you yanks come out with when we tell you you're pronouncing something wrong :rolleyes:

Anyway, that doesn't apply because I said the name which the makers pronounce "jag-you-are" and not the word :p

spidergoat
05-25-07, 02:05 PM
'93 Jag? Oh you poor baby.

Doesn't it sense mechanical problems automatically and send out a helicopter full of technicians in lab coats?

This is why I never buy a car with automatic windows.

Lord Hillyer
05-25-07, 03:36 PM
This thread is just a blatant excuse to mention (or pretend) that you have a Jaguar.

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-25-07, 03:46 PM
LOL, if I was bragging about owning a Jaguar I wouldn't go on about having a dodgy electric window, now would I? That hardly reeks of sophistication....

Fraggle Rocker
05-25-07, 04:36 PM
Anyway, that doesn't apply because I said the name which the makers pronounce "jag-you-are" and not the wordI thought it sounds like JAG-you-er when you guys say it fast.
'93 Jag? Oh you poor baby. Doesn't it sense mechanical problems automatically and send out a helicopter full of technicians in lab coats?You're thinking of Rolls-Royce. That's probably an urban legend. Perhaps Schleeb knows if it was ever true.

The punch line to that one: After the car is roadworthy again and the technicians have flown off in their helicopter, the grateful owner asks his driver to stop at the next establishment so he can make a call. (This was in the days before Satan invented cellphones.) He dials the Rolls-Royce factory and thanks them effusively for getting him back on the road. Then he says, "I'm curious, how often do those chaps get out?"

"Chaps, sir?"

"The ones in the helicopter. How often do they have to fly out and help motorists stranded in Rolls-Royces?"

--pause--

"Sir, you must be mistaken. I have no record of one of our motorcars ever breaking down on the road."

G. F. Schleebenhorst
05-31-07, 12:36 PM
You've tried all the easy solutions. You're screwed. Car Windows have all kinds of gears and levers, there's no way to force one.

When a power window fails, which happens about twice per car, I duct tape a plastic trash bag over the window when it's parked. I take it off to drive and hope it doesn't rain.

Electric windows are a real pain. On the balance I think they're more trouble than they're worth. I've only once in my life had a manual window fail. Of course it was crossing the desert in August, halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Fortunately it was a Volvo

How could you make that trip in a volvo? Are you sure it wasn't a fireapple red convertible?

Stryder
05-31-07, 11:20 PM
Some say:

Jag-waar (not WAR!)

As for a window fix... Sorry can't be much help, sounds like a complete open up the panelling. Which in all honest isn't something to do if you have a nasty habit of getting halfway through trying to prise something open and then make a bodge job. It will cost man hours (and VAT) for someone with the right skills (and hopefully tools) to fix, I would also suspect that you'll have them suggest a number of replacement parts where if you haven't got them available you'll be driving around with the window done up until they order those parts in. (which is real annoying with toll booths)

I would suggest however asking for some sort of work guarantee, the number of times that cars are taken into garages for particular jobs just to have a bodge job where the problem keeps returning remittantly is staggering, so make sure if you have a problem after they have fixed it, they fix it free of charge. (This stops shoddy workmanship to begin with)

Fraggle Rocker
05-31-07, 11:36 PM
How could you make that trip in a volvo? Are you sure it wasn't a fireapple red convertible?This was forty years ago and it was a friend's car. I had a motorcycle at that time (my first of several BMWs) but even I wasn't enough of a hard-core biker to ride across the desert in summer. However, I did ride the full length of America a few years later and through eleven European countries a few years later than that.

Don't worry, when I hung up my helmet I got a red T-top Trans-Am. :) And later a white Porsche 928 (a chick's car but still a pretty nice ride) and the finest, most agile car ever built, a red '87 Toyota Supra.

Jag owner
07-19-09, 05:31 AM
Actually Fraggle a polished burr walnut dash IS better than black (or any other color) plastic. What I never understood was the wood veneer applied to the whole side of cars. You're right about the electrics though. Lucus is otherwise known as The Prince of Darkness.

cosmictraveler
07-19-09, 07:42 AM
1993 Jag, before Ford took it over and tried to improve the piece of crap car. You'll need to remove the outer cover over the inside door panel to get at the mechanism that is either broken or just stopped working. Then you;ll need to remove that device and either rebuild it with a new gear or a new device all together depending upon what you determine the problem is after removing it.