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As the weather warms up, most of us look forward to opening our windows to take in the fresh air. We enjoy those few weeks in spring when we don't have to use the heat or the air conditioner, and can just enjoy the cool breeze from the open windows as we drive. Because we will use our windows more during this time of year, some common window issues may be uncovered. Some of these issues can be corrected yourself but some require taking the car in for service. 

Gone are the days of rolling down the window with a hand crank. Cars today have power windows that are convenient and reliable until they malfunction. You may hit the switch and quickly realize your window is not opening and although annoying, it is far worse to have a window that will not go up. An open window could lead to bigger problems, especially in the cold and rain. You will need to determine if all windows are on the fritz or just the one before you diagnose the problem.

The fuse could be blown and pushing the window button will not move it at all. Check the owner's manual to see which fuse could be the culprit. The age of the car and some sticky window channels can easily pop a fuse. If you hear the motor groan or the glass quiver it could be a mechanical problem, which will require a deeper investigation. This assessment can be done at the driver door master switch, which powers all windows. Unless you have the knowledge and tools for further exploration, it might be time to take your car to a mechanic. 

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