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(1997 Ford Taurus)
in Wilmington, NC on June 29, 2009
My driver side power window is stuck in the down position. All the other windows work fine. I looked in the fuse box under the dash and noticed a fuse called a driver window relay. Could this be the problem? How much to fix? Car is a 1997 Ford Taurus GL Wagon. Also, when I press the button to raise window up I hear a clicking sound coming from under the dash, not sure if it's coming from fuse box or not.
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on July 04, 2009
The clicking is probably from the relay, so it sounds like it is working. This seems more like a motor problem. Try slamming the door pretty hard while at the same time operating the switch, sometimes this will jar the motor and make it work temporarily.
on November 12, 2009
I'm glad to have helped! Understand that this is likely temporary, but if it were me I'd keep doing it until it didn't work, then I'd replace the motor!
on June 03, 2010
thank you munkeyrench you just saved alot of time and money . if in dout slamm it
on June 16, 2010
Dude! This so worked! I was so skeptical but I tried this and it worked. Now if it rains I'm good! Thank you.

It's the simple things that make life that make it good.
on June 20, 2010
This solution did work - window went up without a hitch. Of course I'm too scared to lower it again but at least I can enjoy the AC and not worry about rain coming in. Thanks for the workable solution without having to see the mechanic right away!
on July 10, 2010
Thank you guys so much. this really came in handy!!!
on July 16, 2010
you guys rock
on August 29, 2010
After having pulled the door apart and not seeing any obvious problems, I decided to go online for a possible solution. This worked immediately, and I only regret that I didn't check here sooner. Munkyrench for president!
on September 16, 2010
This just worked for me on my 98 taurus, wow glad I didnt' jump en pull everthing part
on November 15, 2010
Unbelievable, this worked. Thanks for the tip man, really helped out.
on May 12, 2011
Thank you!!! Yet another rescue from ur advice! To bad I replaced a perfectly good relay switch first lol! Again thank you!
on June 18, 2011
Worked in my 98 Taurus too....driver window was stuck down, 3 good slams and it's like new lol! You made my day!
on June 29, 2011
You are the man, I have a 1997 taurus, googled driver side window down and found this from munkyrench. It worked first try. Thank you I would pay you if I could
on July 03, 2011
Worked on first try. Window has been down for two days, and up it went!
on July 03, 2011
It is a miracle!
on July 09, 2011
I tried slamming the door but it didn’t work. So I tried a little twist. I took the door pannal off and tapped the regulator with a wrench while pushing the button. It started working.
on July 19, 2011
I was at a loss as well, don't want to spend a ton of money on a work car, but with heat indices of 110, air is a whole lot better. I thought I would give it a try and wham, bam, it worked on the first try. THANK YOU, master of munkyrench.
on August 10, 2012

*IF* jarring the door with the button actually works, the odds are that the tracks and/or rails are not well lubricated. Recommendation: Spray some silicone lubricant down the rails before you do it and this way the problem may just go away completely without having to jar the window every time you try to raise it. Have a nice day. Oh, also spray the tracks on all your other windows. The driver door gets more use than any other window. Its the canary in the coal-mine telling you that the window tracks are getting dry.
on June 10, 2014
It didn't work for mine. I tried it a few times.
on September 12, 2014
Worked first time on my mother-in-law's 1998 Sable. Thanks for the tip!
on July 03, 2010
Munkeywrench...ur advice has helped yet another poor soul... tytytyt
on June 19, 2011
hey bud ty very much i took it apart but new it was motor but no where to get 1 till tomorrow now it went up 1 try ur the man it was to rain tonight so interior saved
on September 02, 2009
tried the answer by monkeywrench and it works (thanks) almost tore up the window and thinking of repalcing the motor. now i'm afraid that it might get stuck again if i roll the window down all the way .,
on August 10, 2012
See my answer to #1. Lubricate the tracks with silicone spray and avoid the problem for a reasonably long time.
on May 31, 2010
Worked perfect!!!!!!!!!!! Just slam the door at the same time.
on June 29, 2011
Worked first time
on November 12, 2009
I only signed up for this to be able to put that munkyrench sure knows what they are talking about. I tried everything and could not get my window to go up, so I googled it and found this site. I tried the slamming and pushing the button and it worked. Thank you soooooooo much.
on June 13, 2010
Worked for my 1999 Dodge Durango.... Like Magic! I live in an apartment complex where break ins are popular... You have no idea how much my nerves are calm knowing my truck no longer has a welcome come on in sign. Thanx Munkeyrench!
on June 17, 2014
JUST LIKE IT STATES is there a fuse
on June 21, 2010
Slamming the door while at the same time pushing the power window button works. Don't hit on the door, etc. Just close it firmly while depressing the button. Personally, I'm not replacing my window motor until it won't work at all. Not worth the money or the hassle.
on September 27, 2014
THIS WORKED! Been driving a 1998 Sable for over a year without the driver's side back passenger window working. Tried it today and it works! Thank you - no $$ out for repairs!
on July 05, 2012
I removed door panel and tapped window motor with a hammer, press the button, window came right up. Who ever though this up, thank you.
on May 11, 2014
The main window switch unit on your car has gone bad. It is not the motor it is the electrical contacts inside your master control window unit on the drivers side. By slamming the door this jars the switch controller.
Now this was my issue and you could have a totally different issue but I figured I would post as it seems to be a very common issue with these P.O.S. ford cars.
on July 21, 2014
munkyrench your great. I have a 1998 Ford Taurus SE, driver's side window now works after slamming it 3 times. Thank you so much.
on July 07, 2016
Holy shit i did what u guys where saying an it worked. Thank you
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