The engineers have found it necessary to hang a silly computer onto just about every part of cars today. There is a Body Computer involved with the windows. On Fords that's called the GEM module, (generic electronic module). That module runs the windows through relays but I don't know if they're built into the module or not. Still, the windows should not stop working just because the door is open. You can find a clue to the problem by observing how far the door must be opened before the windows start working. If you just pop the door open a couple of inches and the windows start working, the computer is detecting the open door by the switch built into the latch. If you must open the door wider before they work, that would point to the broken wires. Even if the problem is related to the GEM module, it has no idea how far the door is opened. Another clue MIGHT be found by trying the other windows. This story changes now that computers are involved, but with older cars the passenger window motors' wires all went through the driver's master switch. When the power or ground wire breaks, (which causes the driver's window to not work), the circuit is also broken for the other windows. Again, since there's a computer involved, your passenger windows might still work.
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 AT 12:55 AM