Power Windows (only 3...) dead..?

Henry A Harper III hah at alumni.rice.edu
Fri Jul 19 11:26:08 EDT 2002

This same thing happened to my car shortly after I got it...the three
non-driver's windows do share a ground wire (driver's is separately
grounded because of auto-down feature) that is a little fatter than most of
the other wires in the hinge bundle and so it breaks before the other ones.
It's only a matter of time, fix them all before they do break. If you are
lucky the windows might go intermittent first and you can get them in the
state you would prefer them to be with a little persistence...

Henry Harper
http://www.henry-harper.com  hah at alumni.rice.edu
1991 200 quattro, 116k, both front door hinge-area wire bundles replaced
1988 GTI 16v, 229k, no wires in doors

On Thursday, July 18, 2002 8:00 PM, Chrisellenhem at aol.com
[SMTP:Chrisellenhem at aol.com] wrote:
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> Anybody have any idea why only 3 of my windows (both rear and the front
> passenger side) suddenly fail to function?  Driver's window & sunroof
> function fine.  Problem appears intermittent (thermal issue? mid-90s
> as the 3 windows did not operate this AM, nor after work ~4:30pm but then
> upon trying them again ~6pm, they functioned, but then failed to function
> again 2 hrs later!  Owner's manual indicates that the windows have
> self-resetting circuit breakers.  I have done no other diagnosis but
> I'd throw it out to the group.  A search of the recent archives (I
recalled a
> similar issue...) found a problem affecting only the rear windows back in
> March, but there were noisy indicators prior.  My situation sounds
> in that I've never had any issues/indicators in the >1.5yrs I've owned
> All help/suggestions are appreciated.. thanks.

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