Power Windows Stopped Working

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I had issues with my '04 Ranger XLT, where both driver and passenger windows would intermittently stop working. Now, with one completely down, and the other half way down, they both stopped working. I've read about a power window lockout (relay?), But not sure if that has anything to do with it. I changed the fuse, but it didn't help.
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Saturday, May 24th, 2008 AT 7:53 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Here is a guide that will help you test to see if it is the switch (that's what is sounds like) and the window wiring and fuse diagrams so you can see how the system works below.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/electric-window-repair

Check accessory and one touch relay and check fuse # f1.16 (30A) and # 6 (10A)

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what happens.
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Saturday, May 24th, 2008 AT 8:19 PM
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Get a new one touch relay
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:02 PM
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My windows have been giving me problems. It started with the passenger side, and now the driver side is the same. I opened the door panel and inserted a bar to keep window up on passenger side. I can't do this to drivers side because I need to open it from time to time. There is a steel bar attached to a gear inside the door panel. Is there an easy way to fix this, so that when I push the button, the window will go all the way to the top.

Nothing is broken. I removed the door panel a while ago, but what I remember seeing was the window sits on a thin tray and this is attached to something like a camshaft. Then the gears are on the bottom of the camshaft. When the window rolls up and down as I push the button, the camshaft pushes this tray (tray is thin at bottom of window), up or down.

I don't know if someone tried to get into my truck and wedged the window down. But now it won't go up all the way. When it gets to the top, it makes a clicking noise like it used to when it was rolled all the way up, but it is not rolled all the way up.

Thanks for responding. Do you know how to fix this problem?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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I also had the same problem, and while searching for a solution myself I came upon this site, and saw that you were having the same trouble.

I bought the gear and motor on ebay for 56.00
from napa it was like 120.00 just for the gear, and since I had it open, I figured what the hell.

do it yourself. took me about 20 minutes. heres what you do.

remove the screws that hold the black part thats by the inside lever and pull the cover. unplug the switches (small screwdriver helps for the lock tabs on the back side) set that part aside.

door pannel has 2 screws, one behind where the part you just removed, and the other is bottom corner.
pannel pops up, and then out.

drill and remove the 4 rivets, and take out the screw below.. you'll see it. its small and black.
now have someone hold the window in the 1/2 open position and slide the whole mechanism toward the front of the vehicle so the little thing that is in the window track will slide out.

now the whole window roller upper mechanism is free,

you need to have the friend holding the window pull it completly closed, and kinde roll the mechinism out of the hole. Done. its out.
reinstallation is these steps in reverse. put nuts and bolts with lock washers in place of the rivets. youll probably only get 3 of em, but that should be fine. mine works great now, and total out of pocket was 56.00 and about 20 minutes of my time..


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/573729_iphone4_065_1.jpg

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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Interior problem
2002 Ford Ranger

it appears the motor is shot. Window is down. Does anyone know how to get motor out? Window back up until new motor can be ordered and recieved? Need to drive truck and wet weather on the way.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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There are two wires to the motor. All the switch does is changes the polarity. Therefore, you have power in one wire when it goes down, and the other when it goes up. Check to see if that is happening.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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The window rolls up all the way but the motor continues to run and it makes a clicking noise
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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Sound's like you could have broken window regulator you will have remove the door panel and see if it is broken.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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LEONFROMSANLEON
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Electrical problem
2000 Ford Ranger 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual

window will roll down w/ both switches but not up.
Is it the switch or motor?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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First would be to ensure that the window has not came out of the track. This can be confirmed by looking down the seal of the door with a flash light. Try to roll the window up and see if its hitting anything. If its tracking is OK you would need to test the switch first. Since you say both switches will roll it down but no up, this pretty much confirms good switched. The motor / regulator would be the last thing to test and probably your culprit here.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:08 PM (Merged)
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How do you remove the door panels to access the
power window mechanisms?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:09 PM (Merged)
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https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/416332_2002_ford_ranger_door_panel_removal_part1_1.jpg



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First of all thank you so much for your donation.I posted the instruction's on how to remove your door panel's for you.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:09 PM (Merged)
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Electrical problem
2002 Ford Ranger 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic

I am having a problem with the driver side power window. I replaced the relay & the switch and have by-passed the motoer, it works great on by-pass.
I still can not get the widow to go back up. I will go down, but the relay makes a clicking noise befoer if works. I get nothing when I try to get it to go back up. What else can I check?
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:09 PM (Merged)
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When you say you by-passed the motor, do you mean the switch? Also, to get the window back up, you need to reverse the polarity to the motor. Basically, there are two wires running to the motor. Power to one of them puts the window down. Power to the other wire puts the window up. As far as a ground, the motor is grounded through the door.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:09 PM (Merged)
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FYI. I found a broken wire in the rubber boot in the door jam. Reconnected the wire and everything works like new.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:09 PM (Merged)
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That will do it. I'm glad you found the problem. Let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 AT 7:09 PM (Merged)
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This morning tried to raise window with door button and all you could hear was the motor running but window not going up. Took door panel off to check wires and seemed to be connected. Still nothing going up. In order to get to work, just carefully raised window by hand thru to opening in the door. Worked fine yesterday.
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 3:11 PM (Merged)
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It sound like the motor is good but I would look much closer at the driver's side window regulator. Some are cable driven on pulleys and the cable can break, slip off pulleys etc. Let me know how it goes. Talk to you soon, TY
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 3:11 PM (Merged)
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When you use the power window button, nothing happens. What part needs replaced? The window will not go up or down using the switch on the passenger side door. I have to raise/lower the window using the drivers side switch. What needs replaced?
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 3:11 PM (Merged)
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You can guess at what needs TO BE replaced as well as anyone. A professional would diagnose the cause of the problem, then determine if any part was defective or a broken wire could be repaired. The interesting thing with power window switches on older vehicles is current goes through two switches in each switch, for a total of four switches, regardless of which one you're using. Only one of those four switches is activated at a time but current goes through the other three and those can have a burned contact. That means there's a 50 percent chance the working switch is the bad one and a 50 percent chance the non-working switch is the bad one. There could also be a broken wire between the door hinges.

On newer vehicles there may be a computer module involved in running the windows. Diagnosing those systems can get pretty involved.

We know the window motor is okay, and since the window works both ways from the driver's switch, logic dictates those wires are okay. My dart board says the 12 volt feed wire going into the passenger door is broken. My second spin of the wheel would be for one of the two switches.
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