I have a Rover Coupe which has the following problems on the drivers side
Electric window doesn't work but control unit makes clicking sound when I
One of the motors in the mirror doesn't work so mirror points permanently
The cabin light doesn't come on when I open the door, and the alarm doesn't
sound when I open the door with the front lights still on.
Thats four things on one side, could these be related? (apart from the
obvious - "Yes, its a Rover")
Stuck motor/ mechanism? Is it a click in a something's jammed kind of way,
or a click like a relay?
Take it apart, try runnnig power through that motor. Or try cleaning it/
turning it by hand, then plugging it back in. Could be stuck, dead, or not
Open the door, and look on the A post - There should be a little plunger
switch, which will almost certainly have stopped making contact. Try
pressing it in, then letting it ping out (by sliding your finger off it,
don't let it release gently). It might well make contact after the third or
fourth attempt. On my car that tends to last a fewdays to a couple of weeks
before I have to do it again, but really you could just take the switch out
and give it a damned good clean. Or replace it if it's too far gone, or
you're not as tight as me (they're only a couple of quid usually).
I don't think I've noticed any more faults with Rovers than any other car
I've owned or been dragged out of bed to fix, and at least the problems seem
to be easy enough to find and fix - Trying to fix the passenger electric
window on a friends Cavalier had me going slightly mad, bodged and scarpered
it in the end, no amount of cheap beer was worth that hassle.
Does it click when the switch is operated in both directions? If the
'down' relay was faulty and the 'up' one ok with the window closed, then
it would click but do nothing. With the engine off, you'd probably see a
slight dimming of the lights if the motor is drawing stall current.
Could be either the motor jammed or a dirty switch. If you swapped the
mirrors, this would show which.
These switches usually just provide an earth. Remove it and earth the
wire. If the light comes on, the switch or its connections need cleaning
But I doubt they all happened at once?
*If at first you don't succeed, avoid skydiving.*
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
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