Better stuck up than stuck down.... Is the window getting power? Do the other
windows operate? Will the inoperative window work if the door is open? Examine
the wires that fun from the cabin to the door for obvious breaks.
Assuming the other windows work, there's nothing wrong with the fuse. If the
window works with the door open but not closed, then it's the wiring running
through the hinge. If none of the above works, then tear into the door. With
any luck, it'll only be a plug that's come loose. With less luck, you'll have
to replace the motor.
Does it work from either the door or driver's panel? The driver's switch
will need the lockout turned off for the door switch to work.
When you hit the switch, do you hear any noise at all? With some lights
on, do they dim a bit when you hit the switch? If there is no drain or
noise at all, it's probably a totally dead motor or broken wire. If you do
get something, then it could just be bound up due to high friction or
rust, or the motor could just be week.
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If you don't mind taking the door panel off, do that. Then while having
someone operate the switch, try tapping the motor with a screwdriver handle
or small hammer. Someimes something somehow got in a bind. This has worked
for me before. On the other hand, someimes the gears break (not sure what
the mechanism looks like though in a 99 taurus, but in my 83 grandmarquis
there have been a small plastic gear broke, and had to replace the whole
gerabox. Might check salvages though before trying to buy a brand new one,
and see if you can get a working one that is reasonably priced.
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