how do i power my window up with no power to the window

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Asked by Dec 23, 2012 at 01:21 PM about the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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GRAB N PULL IT UP WHILE HOLDING THE BUTTON BE SURE TO SHUT OFF EVERYTHING YOU CAN RADIO,LIGHTS,ECT THIS WILL GIVE A LITTLE MORE VOLTAGE POWER TO ONE ITEM HENCE THE WINDOW IF THAT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING FOR YA THAN YOUR MOTORS SHOT SO YOU GOTTA PULL THE PANEL OFF,DISCONNECT THE MOTOR AND PUSH UP BY HAND CAREFULLY

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it doesn't mean your motor's shot... your button could be bad for one thing..... it's usually the button.... rebuilt the buttons on the '91 sunbird i used to have twice..... they're more exposed to the elements, moisture gets in them, and eventually corrosion and oxidation develops..... i lived near the ocean at the time and corrosion with my old electronic parts was a problem..... i don't know what yours are like, but mine were also available through autozone..... of course ebay and the salvage yard are good places to look as well..... i got a couple through ebay very cheap and didn't have to visit the salvage yard..... a few bucks and delivered, fast, to my door..... it's nice to have a spare known working switch for testing purposes.... your car is getting older..... i see troubleshooting in your future..... motors rarely go bad, the motors themselves..... the drive mechanisms that the motor runs, mostly plastic junk, goes bad, that's for sure..... the motors won't run when they are jammed..... for example, when you hit the button, the window raises, gets to the top and stops.... no matter how much you hit the button, the motor doesn't run, the resistance of the window being closed all the way flips a doo-hickey in the motor mechanism, keeps the motor from switching to the on/up circuit..... same for opening..... if things are jammed up, the motor will "think" it's either open or closed all the way, and won't run...... get an inexpensive digital multimeter, some electronics parts cleaner, and the Haynes manual for your car..... there are schematics in the manual that may help you if you're so technically inclined..... another consideration, the switches are a whole lot easier to get to.... oh, and another thing do a simple visual, check all the wiring that you can follow..... the wiring, especially between the door jamb where it passes through a rubber conduit, if the rubber pass through is all chewed up, then you may have a bad wire.... bad wires don't always show themselves, insulation can look good, while the copper wire inside is separated, usually you'll see a "crinkle" in the wire at a separation point.... again a multimeter can be a good friend to you while troubleshooting..... good luck! merry christmas!

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agree with ^^ Lumina^^ i've had my 89 Riviera window button wear out to the point of no contact. went to the salvage yard and got a new switch assembly and reworked it. usually it is the plastic parts getting hammered after lots of use. it is very easy to fix; just be gentle when unscrewing & prying off trim. happy motoring!

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