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Pontiac Firebird Window Motor

Investigating Common Pontiac Firebird Window Motor Problems

You pull over a drive-through to get your burger with extra cheese. You press "DOWN" on your window controls as you drool over the treat that will soon be yours. However, fate decides to pull one on you and your window does nothing. This causes you to stare emptily, thinking that in that very second a broken window motor is the one preventing you from reaching that awesome burger. Here is a discussion to help you know and solve the common problems with your Pontiac Firebird window motor as well as instantly reach that luxurious treat.

No voltage

For your Pontiac Firebird window motor to work, it needs voltage-yup, no brainer there. However, car owners often find their window motors without voltage.

A lot of things can prevent the voltage from reaching the motor and each of them could easily be diagnosed and solved. The first things to check are the electrical connections of the window motor. You would need to test the wires for voltage using a test light. If the wirings are good, then the next thing you need to look at is the connection between the motor and the window switch. There may be cuts or torn parts in the wire, causing the problem. If there seems to be no problem, the only thing left to suspect is the motor itself. This would mean that your problem is not that the voltage does not reach the motor but that the voltage reaches a damaged/broken motor.

Down, not up

As one of the many ways that your car messes with you, there comes a time when the window would only go down. Despite how many times you press the "UP" button and how dusty the road is, the window just decides to sit the drive through.

Car owners blame this problem on the window motor which, actually, is not always the case. If it is a window motor problem, it probably is a problem with the voltage and you should read the first part of this guide. However, there are cases where the motor is working fine. If this is the case, there are two things that you may need to do. First, you may need to lube the window. Especially true for older cars, the window assembly may have already become too tight due to aging. Second, you may need to replace the regulator. Problems with the window regulator may cause the window not to go up or down, or both.

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  • Caring for Your Pontiac Firebird Window Motor 27 February 2013

    Pressing a button to automatically have your car windows down while you are looking cool is totally a movie moment. Only, you are not in a movie and your window motor may fail during your attempt. Avoid a failed enactment of this moment by taking proper care of your Pontiac Firebird window motor; here a few ways how:


    Clean the motor housing


    The motor housing is a hotspot for dirt, dust, or oil to build-up. This is the part that has tiny brushes that is constantly in contact with the spinning part of the motor. If you open the door assembly (yes, we know it would take a lot of work and some time), you can expect to see dirt on the side of the housing. And like any dirt, it needs to be cleaned. However, you need to be careful not to push the dirt further into the housing because that would block the assembly. If you have disconnected the motor entirely, you can turn it upside-down and tap the dirt out before wiping it. This is recommended to be done once every five to six months.


    Wipe the crud off


    Given that you did what was said in the first bullet, it is best to clean off the crud as well. If you look at the part of the motor that spins, you should be able to see black streaks on it-this is the dirt that you need to wipe off.


    Car owners typically use sand paper for the job before spraying it with a cleaning solvent. Sand paper is fine but you need to remember not to rub too roughly because that can damage the motor. Also, remember to wipe the edges and corners.


    For the cleaning solvents, there are electrical contact cleaners in the market; brand does not really matter in this case. After applying the solvent, wipe it off completely before putting the assembly back together.


    Stop playing with the windows


    We get that pressing the window buttons and watching the glass go up and down is amusing and magically stress-relieving; however, doing so risks shortening the service life of your window motor. Try not to abuse the window assembly too much, just sneak a round or two of window play once in a while.