How to fix a broken electric car window

Updated February 21, 2017

Fixing a broken electric car window is sometimes a simple thing that's easy to fix, but if not, it may require a trip to the shop. The switch might be stuck or a fuse might be blown. Here are a few tips on how to fix your electric car window, and possibly saving you a big mechanic's bill.

Check the fuses. Most fuse boxes are under the dash to the left of the steering wheel. You'll be able to identify the blown fuse as the one with the broken metallic strip in its center. Then, simply replace it with a new compatible fuse from the hardware store.

Fiddle with the window switch. Push it on and off quickly. If the windows move slightly, the switch's connections are simply gummed up. Try squirting a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol or contact lens cleaner under the switches to clean them.

Check the wiring near the fuse box. Look for any loose connections and tighten them if necessary. If the windows start to move, you know where the faulty connection is and can tighten it with a small screwdriver or have it replaced.

Check the electrical motor behind the door panel. Consult your owner's manual for specific instructions. Once you find the electric motor, look for loose connections or other visible problems. Tighten any loose connections or replace the motor.

Contact your dealership or local mechanic if these steps do not solve the problem.


Use these simple, quick fixes to see if you can remedy your problem before consulting costly mechanics. If you have never worked with electrical motors or wiring, consult a mechanic or take it to the repair shop to avoid any possible injuries.


Unless you have previous experience, do not remove the door panel yourself. Consult a mechanic, as this could cause damage to your car.

Things You'll Need

  • owner's manual
  • rubbing alcohol
  • electric fuse
  • factory repair manual
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