Worrisome Moments of Your Mercedes Benz ML430 Window Motor
You roll down the window on your Mercedes Benz ML430 to place an order at a fast food drive-thru or to get some fresh air, and the window won't budge. It groans and vibrates a bit. Afterwards, it doesn't respond at all. This calls for a power window motor gone bad. Fortunately, troubleshooting it is pretty much a straightforward task. Detecting a failure in the window motor only requires simple and basic tools. In most cases, you will find problems with the window switch, gears, and relays. Here are some of the signs that point which part is exactly going bad.
When you hear the window clunk and feel a strong vibration inside the door panel, there's a big chance that the motor is experiencing difficulties with its parts such as the gears and the rotor. These components are responsible for moving the window glass up and down. Through time and physical wear and tear, these parts could get loose, or worse, experience deterioration and fall apart altogether. You need a specialist to rebuild a broken motor. However, if the damage is too much beyond restoration, replacement is needed. Or else, you won't be able to use the windows any more.
No whirring sound.
If you notice there's this faint whirring sound whenever you use the windows. That's because the gears and the rotor move at relatively high speeds in order to ensure smoothness in the ascending and descending of the glass. If there's no whirring sound, there's a possibility that the motor is not getting enough energy in order for it to function well. This is evident when the windows are not responding to the switch. Try and see if there's a blown fuse of errant wiring connection. These could be the cause of the motor's lack of power.
Slow window ascend/descend.
There's a certain speed of glass window movement that is quite noticeable once you've gotten well acquainted of your vehicle. Any deviation with this may indicate that the components inside the door panel that operate the window don't have good lubrication. Once this happens, the motor is sure to experience resistance and it will have to push harder. If this happens frequently, you might risk damaging the motor.
Ways to Lengthen the Life of Your Mercedes Benz ML430 Window Motor
Cars nowadays come with power windows as a standard feature. Gone are the days that you need to manually crank the windows to feel the wind on your face. Power window motors are extremely reliable, and when something does go bad, fixing the problem is usually quite easy. All you need to do is to replace the motor. There's not a lot that can go wrong. But occasionally, these windows can unexpectedly fail to work properly due to a mechanical or electrical fault. You don't want to waste time, money, and effort to replace the windows all over again. Why not stick to what you have and use it for a longer period of time? Here are some ways you can do so.
Test the wirings.
It may not show at first, but the interior of the door panel where the window motor lies is exposed to the outside elements more frequently than you imagine. Water droplets or snow could seep into the door panel and work its way inside the otherwise sealed compartment. This usually happens when the car is getting up there in miles. One of the most frequent parts that could go wrong is the wiring. The other one is the connection. When they become corroded or loose, the window will not work even if you have a motor in mint condition. So at the slightest symptom of window operation failure, try and open the door panel and test the wirings with a multimeter. Activate the switch and if the reading is 12 volts, then the motors are getting enough power.
Inspect the fuse.
More often than not, the window motor fuse gives up before the window motor does. The fuse problem becomes more glaring if all the windows aren't working. Locate the respective fuse for the window motor using the owner's manual then change it if you see that it's already blown. Otherwise, just reconnect it properly. It might have just been shaken loose.
Make sure that other parts are in good shape.
Car window operation is not that simple as it looks. Teamwork among the window parts is necessary in order for the windows to go up and down. The motor simply sets things into motion. If one or more components are acting up, the motor is usually the one carrying the most pressure. For example, misaligned linkages and tracks will make the motor do extra work, and therefore it will wear out easily. Make certain that all the gears are lubricated, all the screws and bolts are tight and in the right place, and the linkages are properly aligned.