Dodge Caravan 2001

Tiny
KEITH_MANNKL
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  • 2001 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 135,000 MILES
The driver side window wont go back up when I put it down. Its not the motor or the switch. What could it be?
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 11:55 PM

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Tiny
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Unraveled cable? If it is, you'll still hear the motor run.
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 AT 12:31 AM
Tiny
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The window still goes down. To put it up u have to push the switch up and pull up the window.
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 AT 12:35 AM
Tiny
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OH! I get it. Run down to the Chrysler dealer's parts department and ask for a can of Silicone Spray Lube. You might even be able to borrow a squirt from one of the mechanics. The auto parts stores have it too, but you want a spray can of silicone spray, not a tube of silicone gasket sealer. Spray a bunch of that so it washes down the two rubber channels the window glass slides in. It will go on like water, then evaporate quickly but it will leave some "slippery" behind. This works well for sluggish seat belt webbing too and it really works well for sliding rubber hoses onto metal pipes.
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 AT 1:12 AM
Tiny
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Could it be any electrical problem?
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 AT 1:19 AM
Tiny
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There are actually four switch contacts in the switch. Two are used in one direction and the other two are used for the other direction. They change the direction current flows through the motor. If the motor works in one direction, the motor and the wiring are okay. If the switch had a burned contact you would not be able to pull the window up. You can get a clue by watching the brightness of the dome light with the engine not running. If the light dims a lot more when running the driver's window than any of the others, it means it's drawing a lot of current from trying to get the sticking glass to move. If the light barely dims, there may be not enough current going to the motor which will cause it to be not strong enough. The switch could also be a suspect for that, but you might get another clue by listening to the heater fan, again, with the engine not running. If the fan slows down noticeably when you try to run the window, suspect the contacts in the ignition switch. Actually, you could have an accessory relay under the hood that could have pitted contacts. 2000 models use the ignition switch contacts. 2002 models switched to the newer design that uses the relay. I'm not sure which system the 2001 model uses.
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 AT 1:54 AM
Tiny
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Ok thx ill try that
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 AT 1:58 AM

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