Date: 14 Dec 1999 03:59:39 -0500
From: (Ken Bell)
Subject: Re: Window is Stuck (open!)

>Mike Cook wrote: >> The driver's side front window is stuck about halfway down on my 88 9000T. >> It goes a bit down, then it will go a bit up when I try to operate it. I >> have taken all of the hardware off the inside of door, but can't see any >> obvious problem. It seems "jammed". Help! Winter is here and snow is >> coming! Here is an old reply I made to the Saab Mailing list awhile back. I think that the guy who mad the original post said that fixing the switch worked for him, at least temporarily. > Subject: Power Window > ================== > Before I pull the door apart, what is the most likely suspect that would > cause the drivers window to almost stop when closing at a point midway up - > it starts OK but "binds" at the halway point. Window switch contacts, maybe. You must disassemble the switch to see this, however they do pry apart with a bit of care. Be especially careful of the tendency for older plastic to tear, the sides of the switch cases are rather thin and flexible. It requires something like an Xacto knife blade, slipped between the two pieces of the case, to release the locking tabs (two on each side). Be careful to not lose the pieces when you open the case, there will be a couple of rocker contacts that just sit on top of the base contacts - see how they are normally installed so you can put them back later. As for cleaning the contacts, I am not sure what the best way is. My experience has been that using a rotary tool with a wire brush gets the contacts nice and shiny, and the switch works great for a couple of weeks, then they are burned again. Some replies to my own questions indicated that I may have removed a special coating (gold? silver?) on the contacts by my abrasive cleaning method. You might try just cleaning with an electrical contact cleaner (chemical cleaning fluid). New switches cost around $50 each I think. -- Ken Bell :: :: (212) 475-4976 (voice)

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