Auto power windows not working in car, how to reset

Your car may be equipped with auto power windows feature, which automatically opens and closes the windows with one press of corresponding switch. If a window doesn’t fully close in auto mode, you may need to reset it.

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The most common cause for auto windows not working in a car is when the 12 volt battery has been replaced or disconnected. The power windows still function, but you have to manually hold the switch to fully close or open the windows. In this case, performing a reset procedure should restore the auto functionality.


Reset Procedure

  1. Start your vehicle.
  2. Close all the doors and windows.
  3. Open the window by pressing and holding the window control switch. When the window is fully open, keep the switch pressed for a few seconds.
  4. Close the window by lifting and holding the window control switch. When the window is fully closed, keep the switch held for a few seconds.

Note: Repeat the procedure if the window does not automatically close with one press of the switch. If it still doesn’t work, repeat the procedure without starting the engine and the ignition in ON position. To turn on the ignition in vehicles with start/stop button, press the button without pressing the brake pedal.

Reset Procedure 2

If the above reset instructions do not work for your vehicle, then this alternate method may work.

  1. Start the engine.
  2. Close all windows and doors.
  3. Open the window by pressing and holding the window control switch. When the window is fully open, keep the switch pressed for a few seconds. Release the switch, then press it again and hold it for a few seconds.
  4. Close the window by lifting and holding the window control switch. When the window is fully closed, keep the switch held for a few seconds. Release the switch, then pull it upward again and hold it.
  5. The one-touch up and down features will then be fully functional.

Note: If the window still doesn’t automatically close in your vehicle, repeat the procedure without starting the engine and the ignition in ON position. To turn on the ignition in vehicles with start/stop button, press the button without pressing the brake pedal.

Window bounce back midway

Auto power windows feature comes with pinch protection which can reduce the risk of being pinched and injured when the windows are closing. If the window cannot close due to resistance or an obstacle, then the window will reopen immediately.

Lubricate the window

If the window in your vehicle bounce back midway after following the reset procedure, the window may be sticking due to high resistance in the window frame. In this case, apply some water resistant silicone lubricant to the side edges of the window. Wipe the excess spray off with a cloth or paper towel to prevent any damage to the paint or the interior.

It is recommended to spray the sides of the windows of your vehicle with silicone lubricant at least once a year for smooth operation. Doing this also increases the working life of the window motor regulator assembly.

Window bounce back after fully closing

If the window bounce back and reopens after fully closing with one press, it means the auto window feature needs to be reprogrammed. Follow the reset procedure to fully restore the functionality.


How to operate auto power windows

The one-touch opening and closing function allows the windows to be completely opened or closed with one press of the switch. To use this feature, do not hold the window switch up or down.

  • To start the one-touch closing function, pull the window switch upward briefly to the second level.
  • To start the one-touch opening function, press the window switch downward briefly to the second level.
  • To stop the one-touch opening or closing function, pull or press the switch for that window again.

Safety warning

Careless or unintended use of the power windows can cause serious injuries.

  • Do not open or close the power windows if anyone is in the way.
  • Never leave children or people requiring assistance unattended in your vehicle when the vehicle is locked. The windows cannot open in an emergency situation.
  • Always take all vehicle keys with you when leaving the vehicle. The windows can still be opened or closed using the switches in the doors for a brief period after the ignition has been switched off, as long as the driver’s or front passenger door is not opened.

Conclusion

Auto windows not working is a fairly common problem and should be expected when disconnecting or replacing the 12 volt battery. You do not need to visit a workshop to restore the auto functionality, just reprogram them with provided instructions.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com



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Willie Austin
Willie Austin
2 months ago

Very simple and easy to follow, Nabeel!

Did the second reset procedure and used WD-40, and it worked.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Waiting for your next great posts.

Willie Austin
Willie Austin
2 months ago
Reply to  Nabeel

Hi Nabeel,

Thanks for your reply.

Just one more question: Some people told me I should also spray WD-40 on the door hinges to ensure it lubricates well before winter. Does it work?

Thanks in advance and have a nice day!

Willie Austin
Willie Austin
2 months ago
Reply to  Nabeel

Oh, thanks very much for your advice. Will ask my local car care shop if they have this product.
Btw, I just did some research and found that some ppl said just need to spray HH2-2000 twice a year. So is it okay if I use it regularly? (every 1-2 months)

Willie Austin
Willie Austin
2 months ago
Reply to  Nabeel

Thanks, Nabel. Have a nice day!

Willie Austin
Willie Austin
1 month ago
Reply to  Nabeel

Howdy Nabeel,

I had a suggestion about your post, so I sent u an email.

Did u see it?

Jalees kham
Jalees kham
1 month ago

Dear Nabeel,

I had this low battery signal last Jan and decided to change the battery after advise from my friends, which I did in March of this year. Everything was fine until early September’22. The signal is back again. The battery supplier (interstate) have tested and confirmed that the new battery is fine. 
Do you suggest me to disconnect the battery , as suggested by someone in JAG forum, before I contact the dealer.
Please advise.
Thanks and regards.