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Old 10-22-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Default Power Window won't go down, just click sound

I have a 1999 Honda Accord EX and it has power windows. Suddenly one of the power windows has stopped going down and when i press the button (the driver's side button for the passenger's side windows or the passenger's side window), i just get a click sound on the passenger side window, but it does not go down.

Additionally the driver side window, while going down, makes a grinding sound which is kind of scary.

Please tell me what may be the issue ??
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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**Suddenly** one of the power windows has stopped going down...
...i just get a click sound on the passenger side window, but it does not go down.
...the driver side window, while going down, makes a grinding sound...

Please tell me what may be the issue ??
The choices are of two types: electrical and mechanical.
You hit the jackpot though... as you have some of each.

The clicking indicates that the relay is getting power from the switch (that's good btw)
The problem is in relaying (get it?) that power to the window motor or the motor itself.

The grinding indicates misalignment (or worse) of the moving parts.

One of the first steps in resolving this problem (and many others):
Honda Accord Repair Manual covering all models for 1998 thru 2002

hth
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:37 AM
 
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Just back from Firestone and they charge a freaking 99$ just to check one door. This is expensive.
What other options to get this thing checked and fixed ??
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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What other options to get this thing checked and fixed ??
The back entrance of a body shop or a stereo installer.
Going through the front door anywhere costs more.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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wow,without the drivers side window working my family would starve.

i think 90% of what we eat comes through that window ha ha ha ha
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Sounds like the motors are working, i.e., not an electrical problem, so I'm guessing it may be the windows are off the track, stuck or loose.

Most interior door panels come off with either a few screws and some may just snap into place. I'd go play with the interior door panels to see if you can remove one to take a look inside. Cars aren't NASA space capsules, many parts of them are fairly basic mechanical and electrical things that most people of average intelligence can figure out with a few glances, pokes and prods.

The thing that drives my thinking is all my visits to assembly plants and the TV footage of assembly line work, where many parts just snap into place and/or are held in place by a few strategic screws. Cars are deliberately engineered to go together quickly, easily and with as little labor as possible.

Seems to me it's nearly impossible for you to break something if you approach it with an open mind and some gentleness, i.e., don't go prying on stuff with a wrecking bar.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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^^Ok i shall try to do that. Btw what you told is probably for the driver's side door where there is this sound coming when i operate the window.
But what may be the case with the passenger window which refuses to move and that click sound comes which probably means the signal is going to the door at least.
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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I think you have electricity making it to the motors in both doors, i.e., not a blown fuse or a motor problem such as a flat or burned spot. Sounds like something amiss with the tracks or gears, which should be easy to spot if you can get in there to look at it.

I've developed some understanding of things by just taking them apart, from toasters to washers / dryers to hair dryers to car motors, etc. One simply has to think their way through and put parts down in the order they come out, etc. When I took a V-8 engine apart for the first time, I simply put the various bolts into small lunch bags with an explanation of where they came from, etc.
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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Hondas are known to have the crappiest power windows ever. We have a CRV and 2 accords (89 and 07) and the 89 accord and 97 crv and they have similar problems that you are having, only the driver window in the accord stopped working and in the CRV is actually going to toast. The supplier for the motor of these power windows is poor choice on Hondas part. Call some Honda specialist or mechanics that will look at your window.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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RAK, let us know how it turns out....
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