Ford F-150/F-250: Why is My Power Window Not Working?

What if your window fails to go down? Here is what you need to do if your Ford F-150 or Super Duty's power window loses power.

By Makeda - September 15, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

After a fun day at the beach, I decided to leave early because it was about to rain. I left my car windows down to keep my car cool for most of the day. When I pressed the button to close all of the windows, I noticed that the window on the driver side would not close. Was the electrical work in my car failing? Does the master switch need to be replaced? The issue can stem from a number of different reasons and knowing how to search your car to find them is key. Here are a few steps you can take to find out why your power window is not working.

Step 1 - Remove door panel

  • Use a trim tool remover to take off the switch panel. You can also pry it open with a flathead screwdriver without damaging it.

  • Find the metal clip that holds the panel in the arm rest. (Number 3 and 4 in the diagram below)

  • After the clips are removed, remove the screw around the panel (Number 1 and 2 in the diagram below) and the ones that keeps the trim panel on the door handle. (Number 5 and 6 in the diagram below)

Step 2 - Remove window control

  • Take off the window control panel using the tool to pry off the seam.

  • Look for the piece that connects the control panel button and remove it.
  • Take the positive probe of a voltage meter and touch the motor wire.

  • Take the negative probe and touch the second wire.

Step 3 - Remove the door panel

  • Remove the white liner.

  • Take the time to find broken or frayed cables, plastic guides, and mounted parts that are broken, or any parts that appear damaged.

Step 4 - Remove the motor

  • Unplug the switch from the motor. The switch is the wire connecting the motor to the control panel.
  • Remove the screws at the top of the door panel.
  • Take out the regulator and motor from the door.
  • For installation, reverse the steps.

Pro Tip

Begin working on the window of the driver’s side of the car. Hold down the window switch and listen for the noise of the motor. If you do not hear a noise, the window switch, regulator, motor or wiring is damaged. To figure out the problem, you will need to take off the door panel.

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