Did you recently pull up to a drive-up window, and your driver’s side window flat-out refused to open? This issue isn’t just slightly embarrassing; it’s downright inconvenient. Like many automotive problems, window failure can strike with little warning, but fortunately, it’s typically an easy fix. At Only 1 Auto Glass, we specialize in side window repair and replacement, and we’ve seen this issue time and time again. If you’re curious about what’s going on with your window, take a look below for a few possible culprits and what you can do to resolve the issue.


Window Track Misalignment

Within each of your side doors are window tracks that house the auto glass and allow it to move up and down. If your side window somehow becomes dislodged from the tracks, the window motor cannot move the glass in the intended direction. When you attempt to operate the window, it may not open or close fully, or it may not respond at all. You’ll need to take your vehicle to an auto glass repair specialist who can remove the interior door panel and examine the tracks for misalignment or damage.


Weather Stripping Damage

The weatherstripping around your windows is designed to prevent moisture, air, dirt, and debris from entering your vehicle. But when that weatherstripping becomes worn or incurs damage, it can allow moisture to accumulate inside your vehicle. If you park outdoors during winter, this moisture can quickly cause your side window to freeze in place.


Inspect each of your side windows for weatherstripping and seal damage. If you locate questionable areas that may allow moisture and debris inside your vehicle, visit an auto glass repair shop to have the damage corrected.


Ice Formation Around Your Auto Glass

If you park outdoors, you’re certainly familiar with the amount of ice and snow that can accumulate on your windows overnight. What you may not know, however, is that ice and snow can cause your side windows to freeze into place, rendering them inoperable until the ice melts.


When you attempt to use power windows in this type of situation, you can damage the power window regulator because it is not designed to provide enough force to break the window free. If you do this too frequently, your windows may cease functioning altogether. Always allow several minutes for your vehicle to warm up before attempting to open your power windows.


Auto Glass Repair and Replacement in the Twin Cities

If your side windows are damaged or have ceased functioning, it’s time to contact Only 1 Auto Glass for side window repair or replacement. Stop by any one of our 15 metro locations, or if you can’t make it in, our mobile repair team will meet you wherever you are. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, give our team a call at 651-789-1111 or message us on our contact page. Ready to get started? Go ahead and request your free estimate!