Power Windows Stopped Working

Tiny
FRONTSIDE360
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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
BMRFIXIT
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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
Tiny
JWW333
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Thanks for this post I had to get a new one touch relay cost me $32.00 all fixed! I love this site
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:02 PM
Tiny
JEANI
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My drivers side window goes up and down when it feels like it. Passenger side is working fine. Can hear clucking in dash area when I click window switch down for drivers side. Just put new switch and that was not problem. Checked ground behind plastic panel next to parking brake it clean as whistle. Also, ABS light on. Replaced ABS module bearings, replaced both front hubs, wheel sensors and bearings. ABS light will not go off. Going to check rear wheel sensors. Need help with this window before I use a bigger hammer on my truck lol. Even though it high mileage my truck runs great is well taken care of and have replaced a lot of parts on it.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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HEYMAN1104
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For the window, the next time it acts up, hold the switch in whichever direction you want to roll it and slam the door at the same time. If this causes the window to start working, then you just need a new power window motor. The brushes inside of the motor that you have are old and not always making a strong enough contact to run the motor. The jarring force of slamming the door combined with the electrical energy being applied can get it going. I have been occasionally doing it to my window for a while now.

As for the ABS system, there are a lot of things that can get the light turned on. I would suggest taking it to someone with a good scanner and get that code read, and go from there. In my area, the local Advance Auto Parts has a scanner that will pull ABS system codes.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JEANI
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Thanks for the advice. I have auto zone near me they do not do ABS scan. I think I dealing with some want a be mechanics. I replaced my own window since. If it was easy. I can replace the motor too. Cannot be that hard on this truck. I will have to find an advanced auto see if they can test my truck. I was told there is no test for it. But my dad was mechanic I know better. Just put nice little chunk of change into truck want to fix this on down low. Lol
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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JEANI
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My ABS light came on after I pulled a pop up camper. I even put new brakes on it but I did get used ABS motor. Could not afford new one.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
HEYMAN1104
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If you did the window already then doing the motor itself should be a cinch for you, as you have basically done the job once. I hate to say it but you might have to take it to a dealer to get the ABS system scanned. Paying a little to get the code(s) is still better than guessing and hoping. Let us know.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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JEANI
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I will. Ugh do not like going to dealer. I am female and they think I not car smart. Been there done that lol. Think my daddy haunting my truck lol he would. Thanks again.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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DBONDI94
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I got this truck about a month ago, tuned her up fluid swaps, everything. I bought it with the pass. Window not working, but the drivers did. Three days after my purchase the driver window stopped working and the dome light doesn't come on either, I've installed new motors (after he king the fuses and relays, all checked good) and have installed new switches, they still refuse to work. What else could it be?
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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Start with the most common suspect. Check for broken or frayed wires between the driver's door hinges.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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KEN
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Please let us know what happens, we are interested to see what it is.

Cheers, Ken
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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HEYMAN1104
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Yeah I hate going to the dealer too. Honestly I hate taking my car to anyone else. But sometimes I know I have swallow that pill to get the expensive scanner hooked up.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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JEANI
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Well I just went ahead and replaced the motor and regulator my window. It was more difficult then I thought it would be but got it done and works great. Still have to deal with abs light. Also had to replace my alternator. That was easy compared to window lol got alot of attention from neighbors too lol to see a gal fixin her own truck.
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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KEN
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Nice work, we are here to help, please use 2CarPros anytime.

Cheers, Ken
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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OXL832
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My power windows stopped working all of a sudden along with the interior lights and the electronic 4x4. I ve checked all of the fuses, and they look good. Does anybody have any ideas?

Thank You
Larry
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Hi Larry. Welcome to the forum. Did you check fuses under the hood and inside? Since multiple circuits are affected, I would expect to find a main fuse under the hood is popped. Sometimes it's hard to see a blown fuse. A better way to check them is with a test light or inexpensive digital voltmeter. There are two tiny contacts in the plastic where you can poke the test probe of the test light or voltmeter. The ignition switch must be on when testing the fuses because that's when these circuits are powered up. Look for a fuse that only has voltage on one of the two terminals. I apologize if I'm telling you stuff you already know.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
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OXL832
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Yes I have checked the fuses under the hood with a test light also, and they all have power. Any other ideas?

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Larry
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Thinking about this logically, there has to be at least two different circuits involved. The windows and 4x4 system should only have power when the ignition switch is on. The interior lights will have power all the time. If you are fairly certain all of the circuits were affected at the same time, there has to be something ahead of the ignition switch that they have in common. That would be an internal connection in the fuse box or a break in the wire feeding those fuses.

Can you find the related fuses and see if there is voltage on them? I'm sending a help request to my cousin. He has a '97 Ranger and I think he has the service manuals. Being a former tv repairman, like me, he will have no problem following the wiring diagrams.

I want to apologize in advance if I take a long time to reply. My Verizon personal e-mail provider is going through some major changes, (not for the better), and they're going out of service about 20 hours per day. When you post a response, I get an automated e-mail message directing me to it. I have to watch 24 hours per day to quickly find those messages during the few hours the system is working.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Now I wonder if all these circuits share a common ground. I wish I had a wiring diagragm. I m beginning to wonder if it has comething to do with the GEM module. I ll do some more checking tomorrow.

Thanks for the input

Larry
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Thursday, January 17th, 2019 AT 6:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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The GEM module is a possibility. I got a reply from my cousin. Rather than retype eveything, here's a copy / paste version of his reply:

Using manual for '97. PW---does it have p seat, p lock? If so, do they work? If so, fuse 20A #10 (under hood) ok. Power goes to relay. Relay is activated by ignition switch. From there the power goes to the switches, one touch down relay module and GEM. Interior lights--? Are we talking dash, dome, glove box, heater control, etc? #8--20A fuse--engine compartment feeds battery saver relay--that goes to #27 a 10A mini I/P fuse panel which goes to all of the interior lights. The GEM controls the battery saver relay. 4 X 4 system seems more involved--is it in 2wd or 4wd--does the transmission shift properly, including O/D? Items included in the system are--GEM. Battery saver relay, I/P fuse panel, fuse box under hood, 4wd mode switch, electric shift control module, electric shift relay, etc. The common elements to all 3 (if this is 1 problem) would seem to be 12V, ground--, GEM, battery saver module and relay, other? If this is one problem, I would start troubleshooting the lights, that would seem to be the easiest. Other than the modules, visual troubleshooting--looking for a corroded ground, wire that looks pinched, rubbed, etc. Make sure you check all of the lights--flashers, cargo, etc for more hints. Was this intermittent, or start with no warning.
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