Top Bad Window Regulator Symptoms You Should Know Of

While the basic function of our vehicles is to get us where we need to go, our car can feel “broken” even while still able to complete this task if other essential features are in need of repair. A very clear example would be if your car’s windows no longer roll up and down. If it’s stuck up, you won’t be able to order at the drive through, pay a bridge toll, and so much more. If it’s stuck down, well, you better hope it doesn’t rain!

Windows that won’t go up and down are a result of a broken window regulator. These regulators create the force to move a window in a vehicle from its current position, either upward or downward, either via a turn crank or electric power. In this blog, we’ll go over the most common bad window regulator symptoms. 

What Is a Window Regulator? tells us that the window regulator is the mechanical assembly that moves a window up and down when power is supplied to an electric motor or, with manual windows, the window crank is turned. Window regulators are mounted inside the door panel, out of sight and out of mind… until they don’t work, that is. This brings us to our next point.

Which Are the Most Common Bad Window Regulator Symptoms?

Among things that can go wrong are that a gear that drives the assembly could break, a cable or pulley can come loose or break, or the regulator carriage may no longer contact the window to guide it up and down. 

Beyond your window simply being stuck and unable to move up or down, a few bad window regulator symptoms include:

Grinding or Clicking Noises While Rolling Up the Window

Window Won’t Stay Rolled Up 

Window is Off-Center

The Button Doesn’t Work the First Time

Window Seems Sluggish 

Window Rolls Up Too Quickly

A malfunctioning window regulator often has issues with speed, one way or the other, before it breaks for good. This indicates that the motor is dying

Your Next Steps

Regulators are often riveted to the door, so they’re not easily removed or replaced. This is not a DIY project; you’re going to need to bring in professional help. Just like windshield repair, professional window regulator repair can be handled by the team at North Coast Auto Glass.

To schedule a time for us to look at your broken window, call us at 760- 871-3492. If you prefer, you can contact us directly through our website. We’ll provide you with a free estimate and a solution to your broken window. We’ll have a solution ready for you very soon that is affordable, convenient, and quick.