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2002 Ford Explorer. Power window went down by itself, and does not go up.

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Old 07-04-2011, 07:02 AM   #1
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US 2002 Ford Explorer. Power window went down by itself, and does not go up.


My drivers side window went down by itself one done when I started up my car. It would not go back up. I replaced the switch to no avail. The switch has the auto down feature which I suspected to be the problem so I reconfiqured the wiring to bypass the circuit and installed a mini-switch on the door panel so I could lower the window. The up position on the oem switch works fine.

Does anyone know why this window would lower by itself? Could it be a faulty window motor? Has anyone heard of this before?

Thanks and Happy 4th,

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! In your post you said that the window went down and then would not go back up. Then later you stated that the up position on the switch works fine. I would suggest rewording what you wrote to make a little bit more sense. Thanks!

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:42 PM   #3
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Welcome to this forum! I've moved your thread into the stock 2002-2005 section. Check the wiring between the door, and the frame of the vehicle.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:55 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard!

I agree with Jeremy. Your post is somewhat confusing. Do the other windows work?

A lot of electrical issues can be traced back to broken/damaged wire(s) in the boot between the body and the driver's door. I found 2 broken wires and repaired them. The thin black ground wire was broken and after repairing it all was back to normal. When the windows stopped working, I repaired the thick black ground wire and the windows now work like a champ.

Here is the thread for removing the door panel:

Here is a great thread for checking for broken/damaged wires, thanks to synyster for this awesome write-up:

Be sure to take your time when looking for broken/damaged wire(s). Check all the wires for breaks/damage. When you think you're done looking, look again, and again, and again. A bright flashlight can be very helpful.

If you are sure you have no broken/damaged wires in the boot, here is a great link for troubleshooting the power windows, thanks to theofam for this great link

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Old 07-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I will try to clarify my problem:

As I started the car one day, the drivers side window went down by itself and would not go back up. The three remaining windows still work fine.

I traced the problem to the one push down feature in the window switch. It was some how sending a signal to open the window. It was acting like someone had there finger on the button and would not let up. I replaced the switch with a brand new one and still had the same problem.

I have an electrical backround so I studied the behavior of the circuit and was able to disconnect the auto down feature, but by doing so I had no way to lower the window. So I installed a mini push button switch that sent a signal to lower the window. It works but I still cannot figure out why the window would lower by itself with the auto-down circuit online. I have not checked the wires in the boot but will do so.

I was just wondering if anyone had seen this behavior before.

Thanks again,

James Carine

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