I have a 2001 Buick Century and over the past few months, the windows have stopped working for short periods of time.
Today, for example, I turned on the car, lowered three of the windows a few inches, drove for a few minutes, put up 2 of the windows, drove another minute, tried to put the last one back up and it just wouldn’t go back up.
I was controlling the windows with the buttons on the driver door panel. I tried opening and shutting the door, I tried turning it off and back on, I tried switching on and off other unrelated buttons just to see if it made a difference. Nothing worked.
That lasted about 10 minutes and I tried once more and the window went up.
That’s pretty much the same thing that has happened of 2 or 3 occasions before. It doesn’t last a long time, but I don’t think I can count on that always being the case. I want to be able to control my windows at all times.
When I searched the internet, it seems over the life of a car, especially Buicks, the window regulator will fail. Does it sound like that’s what happening here?
I ask because it seems like each door needs its own window regulator, but all of the windows have failed to close at once. Today it was just the one, by chance. Other times, all of the windows wouldn’t work temporarily with no warning.
To me, that seems like an electric connection type issue, not a mechanical issue. I don’t know much about cars, but I would guess the problem is in the button panel on the driver’s door and not a mechanical issue in each individual door.
But what do I know. Is this a common issue? Easy to fix?
I did ask my mechanic about it about a month ago and he said he can’t determine the problem if the problem is not happening while he’s looking at it. Since the problem is intermittent, he couldn’t help me at all.
I would think process of elimination though could narrow down the potential causes. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.