Power Window Not Working Due to Window Motor on Pontiac Sunfire

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor will commonly correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 112,671 (60,000–205,000)
11 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
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2002 Pontiac Sunfire163,000
Both windows roll down completely but rolling back up, seems to do it in stages. Can take awhile
I just had this problem as well. My wife's car has had off limits on the passengers window. Just in time for winter weather her drivers window quit working, and it stopped working at about 80% open (before I could do anything about it) it got plastic and duct tape. I went online and read several sites posts, where it is a forgone conclusion that the motors die. I thought it over and with what information I could gather, decided that the problem more so reflected that the control switches could be the issue. I pulled the switches and tore things down. Sure enough the design that put the switches on the console is a very poor design. Dirt, dog hair, sand, etc had inundated the switches and they were burnt, charred, and completely not possibly functional. I cleaned and polished and renewed the lube on them, tested them, and then plugged them back into the car and guess what, both windows work perfectly. All I can say is, if your motors are for sure burned up, it most likely is because the switches got gunked up and caused the problem to become more serious. I will soon put a video on You-tube explaining the issue and several tricks needed to successfully repair them (seeing as how they are basically designed to be UN-repairable).
I have had the middle console electric button unit replaced. That helped my problem with my driver window. However, due to the nature of force my EX would use to SLAM the door every chance he could....I have had this problem for 2 years....
My windows would roll down, but not back up all the way or at all. It would take days or even weeks of trying to get my windows to roll back up. I always scared toll-booth workers when I'd start to open my door to pay the fee, instead of rolling down my window.
2005 Pontiac Sunfire110,000
The windows started out going up a little over time, but then after a while, they stopped all together. I had to drive around for a month with my window about 1/4 inch of the way down. I had to replace the motor completely in the drivers side door. The passenger side window is now doing the same thing, so I just dont use it.
my power window on the passenger side will go up about 2inch and stop I wait a min and will go up some more
Passenger window struggles rolling up on occasion.
at 180,000 kl the drivers window finaly quit moving compleatly and is down just 1 inch the pasanger side will go up and down but just 2 inches then stops wait 3 to 5 minutes and it will move 2inches again takes a while to get some air lol ..will have to replace both
Not fixed. Still trying to get estimate on cost.
Passenger side power window not working Replace switch now passenger side works but driver side does not . smh
Drivers side window rolled down fine but went back up little by little, having to give it a rest in between. Bought a motor online and got a shop to install it for me, which fixed my problem. Then the passenger window started doing the same. Haven't fixed that one yet. Now the drivers side window occasionally will only roll down 1 or 2 inches.
Passenger window stops and have to wait for it to put it back up sometimes takes 10 mins.
Passenger side window, goes down in stages and when it stops working you just have to wait a few minutes and it starts working again. Haven't fixed as of yet. Both rear windows are inoperable.
1997 Pontiac Sunfire180,000
driver side power window motor failure. Cant roll down window fully.
bought mine used at 45,000 miles. Passenger side window gave out weeks after purchase. otherwise at 80,000 miles the CD player gave out and at 90,000 miles i got my first tire change and brake job. This was my first car and it has run better than most i've seen. I recommend purchasing this car when you live in an area with pretty flat land and cooler temperatures. Fantastic gas milage, i get 400miles per tank, great aero dynamics, nice interior, lots of room to play to upgrade and enhance your interior. I recommend rainex, an interior power converter for wall plug cell phones and laptops, and seat covers. Try this car, I know you will be as happy as me. ^_^
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