How to Diagnose Common Dodge Ram 3500 Window Crank Problems
Manual windows need a crank to roll the windows up and down. Your Dodge Ram 3500 window crank serves this purpose, and serves it well. There are times when a window crank fails, but fortunately, given the right tools, diagnosing and fixing defective window cranks is easy enough to do. Sometimes, it's enough to turn the crank several times to fix the problem-it might have been just a simple misalignment. However, to be able to check what is wrong, you will have to remove the crank to dig deeper. Here are some common problems with manual window cranks and how to diagnose their causes properly:
The crank is stuck and won't let me roll the windows up or down.
The plastic crank has teeth that bite onto a corresponding gear, which in turn relates the crank's movement to a brace that raises or lowers the window. A crank that won't move probably has a gear that's not well-lubricated. To check if this is the case, you will have to remove the window crank by wedging a flathead screwdriver between the door panel and the crank. A clip is located there-sometimes, a plastic disc is present as well-and you should hear a click once you have successfully detached the crank. Apply some lubricant on both the gear left on the door panel and the crank's teeth.
The crank won't continuously and consistently raise or lower windows.
You turn the crank several times and there is very little motion response on the windows. They don't roll up or down continuously, and you begin to wonder if you need to replace your crank. In this case, the teeth on the plastic window crank might be worn. The worn part of the crank's teeth will not bite onto the gear that moves the window, causing very little transfer of motion from the crank to the window. This problem requires you to increase the effort you put into turning the crank. Detach the crank and inspect its teeth for any broken or worn parts. Replace the part if necessary.