Power Window Repair: How to Fix a Power Window that is Off Track Power Window Repair: How to Fix a Power Window that is Off Track

What You'll Need
Flathead screwdriver
Car hardware kit for removing bolts
White lithium grease

Power window repair can involve dealing with broken window regulators or windows that refuse to slide up and down and are stuck. The latter speaks of a situation where usually a power window is off track, i.e., out of sync with the window rollers and tracks it runs along. This  type of power window repair is fairly simple and can be done in your garage. It is important to diagnose and determine the cause of the window that is off track. It could be due to worn out rollers that need to be replaced. Learn how to gain access to the rollers and replace them by following the step-by-step guide below. 

Step 1 – Remove Access Panels 

First, remove all plastic access panels in the door and covers that have screw holes in them. 

Step 2 – Remove Control Switch Panel 

The control switch panel should be removed using a flathead screwdriver. The trick is to slide the screwdriver underneath the panel and push the panel upwards until it comes off (without breaking). Not all cars have switch panels as some cars have their power window controls embedded in the door panel.  

Step 3 – Disconnect Electrical Connector 

After you have taken out the switch panel, disconnect the electrical connector by gently releasing the connector safety. 

Step 4 – Remove Door Panel 

Now, remove all screws and/or door panel bolts on the door panel. Some bolts will be the push-type and won’t require tools like screwdrivers. After all the panel bolts are removed, disconnect any remaining electrical connectors and gently pull off the door panel. 

Step 5 – Remove Plastic Cover 

Most cars come with a plastic insulator cover inside the door panel. Pull that plastic cover apart and it will expose the inner electrical workings of the door and window.  

Step 6 – Look through the Window Channel and Take out the Rollers 

Look through the window channel, i.e. the area where the window rolls up and down. You will easily find the rollers and tracks that the window passes through. Take out the rollers that are worn out. 

Step 7 – Replace the Rollers with New Ones 

You can get new rollers for your window from any car spare-parts dealership. Replace the old rollers with the new ones. 

Step 8 – Lube up the rollers and tracks 

It is very important to sufficiently lubricate the new rollers and tracks for the windows to roll up and down. This will also prevent extra wear and tear in the future and will decrease the probability of you having to repair your power windows again. Use white lithium grease in large amounts.  

Step 9 – Slide Rollers in Tracks 

Slide the rollers into the tracks with the fresh lube and get the whole structure further smoothed out. But back the regulator, electrical connectors and door panel in reverse order and your job is done.  

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