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Old 05-31-2004, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All my electric windows are not working. I checked all fuses. I have an electric diagram but it is not very precice... It comes from a Hanes Shop Manual.
Anybody can help me troubleshoot?

quick question: Where is the relay powering the motor? only one?

By the way, I already rebuilded all the switches.
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Old 05-31-2004, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The window lock switch may have gotten pressed without you know it, or it may have gone bad.
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Old 05-31-2004, 01:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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this window lock switch, it control ALL the windows.... not only the rear ones?

where is that switch? (I purchused the car a year ago but I did not drive it yet)
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It controls all the windows. Since it sounds like you have a 4 door the switch should be by the hazard switch and radio fader control. I can't remember forsure but some of the 4 doors may had the switch by the rest of the window switches. If you have a 5th button by the window switches thats probably the window lock switch.
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Old 06-03-2004, 03:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm gonna work on it this week end,

Just to be sure, since I wont have acces to the forum,
Where is located the "control box" for the electrc windows?
and the relay too?
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I have a 4 door and there are 2 buttons

one is near the hazard button and the speaker fader

and the other is near the other window switches around the shifter

Im not possitibe but i think the bottom one near the shifter controls all of them and then one up top controls just the back? sumthing like that
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The windows have a circuit breaker that is located in the dash near the radio. Sometimes these get pressed accidentally. If I remember the button is a green rectangle with no markings. When it is pressed it appears that nothing has happened so it gets left alone until someone tries to roll down the windows and they suddenly do not work.
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i have a window switch located to the right of my steering wheel
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The button on the console controls everything, so that no windows will roll down period. The smaller button next to the shifter locks all the windows for everyone except the driver. So the rear windows won't open from the rear.

My dash-mounted switch went bad just a couple days ago.
I pressed it really hard, and it clicked, and that's how it operates now.
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I clicked the button and it did not worked, so I removed the swith to see the conenctors... they were off! plugged it back, now, the 2 front windows are working.
But not the rear ones. It is not the other switch by the way.

When I press the control switch of the rear windows, (the driver or passenger switch) I hear a small "click" coming from the inside passenger door. but nothing moves.

What can it be? I replaced the switch with some spare one and it change nothing.
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I clicked the button and it did not worked, so I removed the swith to see the conenctors... they were off! plugged it back, now, the 2 front windows are working.
But not the rear ones. It is not the other switch by the way.

When I press the control switch of the rear windows, (the driver or passenger switch) I hear a small "click" coming from the inside passenger door. but nothing moves.

What can it be? I replaced the switch with some spare one and it change nothing.
The clicking is the noise a bad window regulator and motor make. No way to repair it other than replacing the motor and regulator.
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is the regulator on the motor or somewhere else?

does the moon roof motor will fit?
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The motor mounts to the regulator, but from the sounds of it I would replace both the motor and regulator. I think the sunroof motor and window motors are different.
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The fault will be in to General Module. The general module controls all electric windows and central locking. This is located un the left of the rear seat.
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