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Volkswagen Jetta Power Windows

Q. Hello, I am having a problem with my car that no one seems to be able to help me with. I have a 1994 Volkswagen Jetta with about 50,000 miles on it. Manual transmission, rack and pinion steering, no abs brakes, and fuel injection. It has power windows and door locks. My question is about the windows.

Volkswagen Jetta Power Windows

About a year ago, I started having trouble with the driver's side window. It works, but only occasionally. For days, it would work fine, and then suddenly it would stop working altogether for days.

There seemed to be some correlation between moisture levels, but I'm just guessing at that, mostly because if the car had the window down in the summer in the evening, you wouldn't be able to roll it up until morning. It also seemed to have more trouble working if it was raining. By the end of this last summer, I had pretty much given up on it working at all.

I was told by my mechanic that they would charge me $100.00 to get the door panel off, and then there was no guarantee they could find out what was wrong with the window once they looked at it. I'm on a really tight budget, and really couldn't afford to have it looked at, especially not being sure it would get fixed.

Yesterday, I was leaving a pay parking lot, and forgot about the window when I was paying my ticket. I hit the button, and it rolled down about 4 inches, then stopped. Now it won't go up at all. It's about 10° here right now, and having my window down 4" is a major problem. I need to fix it, I'm just not sure what to do.

I've looked at some web sites to see if other people had a problem like mine. From what I can tell, it's not the window regulator because the window doesn't fall down on it's own, and there is no noise associated with the problem. I've been wondering if it could be the motor, but not sure if the motor would work sporadically as it was going out, or just stop working altogether.

Can you point me in the right direction on this problem? I have a friend who can get the panel off my door, and back on, and could probably install a new piece if I knew what needed to be installed. Or would I be better to bite the bullet and take the car into the mechanic?

Thanks so much,

A. I wish I could tell you with 100% accuracy where the problem is Angie, but I can't. I would have to tell you the same thing, I would need to take the door panel off to see what is going on.

There was a recall on the power windows in 1996. If your friend wants to give it a shot, this could very well be what's happening.

Recall 96V128000: Window Regulator Shorting.

The sheet metal panels of both rear doors have openings for the routing of The electrical window regulator wiring. The panel openings have sharp edges that can damage the insulation of the wiring harness. An electrical short in the wiring can occur resulting in a possible fire.

Dealers will install a protective edge cover in both rear door inner panel openings.

System: Equipment; Electric power accessories; Windows.

Vehicle description: 4-door vehicles equipped with electric window regulators.

There is a circuit breaker for the power windows, This is probably tripped and could possibly be burned out by the short.

Volkswagen Jetta Power Windows
S43 Power Window Circuit Breaker

  • In auxiliary relay panel (exact location may vary)
  • Metal housing

Additional Information provided courtesy of AllDATA

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