How to Fix a Stuck Power Window Circuit Breaker

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Power windows on a car or truck are a good feature to have. They are considerably safer than the older hand-crank window controls that would distract the driver's attention. However --- because power windows are controlled by an electrical circuit breaker or fuse --- they are susceptible to shorts. If the power window breaker appears to freeze or get stuck in mid-use, it's because the fuse has blown. Replacing a power window fuse does not take a lot of time and it is a repair that can be performed by someone with limited automotive repair experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Owner's manual
  • Pliers
  • Replacement power window fuse
  • Prop the hood on the car or truck.

  • Use a wrench to loosen and take off the vehicle's negative battery cable. Most vehicle batteries are located at the front of the engine compartment --- either on the far right- or far left-hand side.

  • Locate the fuse box for your car or truck. On most vehicles, there are two fuse boxes. One will be on the lower dash to the left of the steering wheel. Another will be located under the hood near the battery. Consult your owner's manual to determine which fuse box on your vehicle houses the power window fuse.

  • Open the fuse box cover by hand. Flip the cover upside down to read the fuse diagram.

  • Remove the power window fuse with a pair of needle nose pliers. If it does not come out easily, wiggle it gently back and forth to work it free.

  • Slip the replacement fuse into the empty slot. Then replace the fuse box lid and put the negative battery cable back on and tighten it with the wrench. Test the power window to be sure the replacement fuse is working.

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