Power locks and windows are a huge convenience, but they’re also a safety feature. Being able to lock and unlock your vehicle quickly can save your vehicle from theft. It can also protect you in the event of an unwelcome encounter with a stranger in an underground parking garage, or other unpopulated area.
Similarly, your windows play a role in your safety while driving. Being able to open your windows properly allows for air flow on hot days, which can help cool the engine. Your windows also play a role in safe escape in the event of an accident, when doors are unable to open due to obstruction.
Unfortunately, unlike some of the more obvious components of your vehicle, it can be difficult to sense the deterioration of the power locks and windows, until they stop working. At Glenn’s Auto Repair, we make it out business to perform a thorough diagnostic on your power system, listening and watching for signs that it’s on its way out. If there’s a problem with your power windows or locks, you can rest assured that our capable mechanics will have your car in working order in no time.
Signs Your Power Windows and Locks are Failing
While it may not be quite so obvious that the locks and windows are failing, as it is when your engine dies, there are a few signals to look out for.
Sticky Locks: Are you finding yourself having to hit the lock button repeatedly before your vehicle responds? If so, it could mean a few different things. In some cases, it’s a simple key fob issue, which may be fixed quickly with a new battery. Sometimes, it’s more serious, and the internal wiring needs to be assessed and repaired.
Weird Sounding Windows: Are your windows slow to roll, or don’t move at all but make an awful squeak or whir sound? Debris in the window casing due to leaks and damaged seals can be a cause for delayed opening and closing of your power windows. When a window is unable to move, but the motor is doing its job to move it, you will hear the after effect. No strange noise from your car is ever a good sign, so be sure to have this checked as soon as possible.
Other Power Features Become Unresponsive: It isn’t just the locks and windows which run on your vehicle’s internal power system. Lights on your dash, the radio, and several other features rely on your vehicle’s battery to draw power. If the battery is failing, you might notice a lack of response from a variety of components. If this is the case, it might not be lock or window specific, but time to replace the battery.
Seeking Help from The Professionals
There are plenty of DIY hacks for windows and locks on the internet, but these can be misleading and sometimes dangerous. Unless you’re a trained mechanic, there are some things that are better left to the professionals, and anything that deals with the internal wiring of your vehicle falls into this category.
If you notice any of the above signs, or you’re simply having trouble making your door locks and power windows respond at first touch, call and schedule an appointment with a certified mechanic. Whether it’s something as small as a key fob battery change, or something as drastic as the need to rewire, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. At Glenn’s Auto Repair, we perform each task diligently and by the book, being careful not to void your warranties, and keeping the safety of our clients in mind at all times.
For more information on power locks and windows, or to speak to an experienced member of our team regarding any of our auto services, contact us today. Glenn’s Auto Repair is always happy to hear from new and existing customers, and can schedule an appointment with a certified mechanic at your convenience.
Your safety and comfort is our number one concern; don’t wait to report a faulty part, visit Glenn’s and drive home in the vehicle you deserve.
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