Originally Posted by Dachristianman
I've not owned this car too long, but I tore into my door today because my driver's window would only go down 1mm at a click of the switch with the car in the ACC position. After getting it all the way apart, I discovered that it works fine with the engine running. Is this common knowledge or do I have something weird going on with mine?
I had a similar problem with the passenger side window on my 2002 Insight. I had to go through the trouble shooting section in the service manual to find the problem. Actually, there were two problems--the first one probably caused the second problem to come up and bite me, after ignoring the first one for a year or so...
1) Weather seal (at the top of the door panel) deteriorated and was causing a lot of extra friction. I remember the first cleaning made it work better, but the issue came back a month or so later--sluggish window operation. I bet I used too harsh of a cleaner on it, and made it deteriorate more, and having more friction.
2) Window would roll down one day, but wouldn't roll back up unless I helped it by pulling. Took door panel off and tested the motor directly, bypassing the switches, and it worked smoothly. Turned out to be the MAIN window switch on the driver's side that I had to replace.
To tell you the truth, I've manually rolled down windows for 20 years with no problem--before all cars went to electronics--and sometimes I miss the old, simple crank.