How to Get a Power Window Up Manuallyby Carole EllisUpdated June 12, 2023
This could be a big problem: Your power window motor stops just as you are rolling it up, and then it begins to rain! What are you going to do to get that power window up before you get drenched? Fortunately, there is a simple method that will save your hair and your upholstery by getting that window up quickly.
1. Stabilize the door so it doesn’t move on its hinges
Stabilize the door so it doesn’t move on its hinges. Open the door and lean against the opened part of the door with the latch against your chest. You will be standing between the door and the rest of the car.
2. Grab the glass between both palms
Grab the glass between both palms. There may not be much of your window showing, but if you have at least 1 inch you should be able to do this. Put the palm of one hand on the inside of the window and the palm of the other on the outside of the window. Press your palms forcibly together, which will grab the glass between them firmly.
3. Move your palms upward gently and slowly
Move your palms upward gently and slowly while gripping the glass. Do not allow your palms to slip on the glass. You may have to do this very slowly, but the electric motor gears will turn, and the window will begin to move upward from your actions.
4. Push the window into the seal
Push the window into the seal at the top of the door. When you get near the top of the window frame, reposition your hands and push the window up the rest of the way to make a firm seal. The rubber seal at the top of the frame and the gear movement should hold the glass in place.
If your hands are slipping, try a pair of tight-fitting pair of gardening gloves. The rubber on the palms of the gloves may help grab the glass even if it is wet.
- If your hands are slipping, try a pair of tight-fitting pair of gardening gloves. The rubber on the palms of the gloves may help grab the glass even if it is wet.