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Old 11-08-2020, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Power windows slow?....Try this tip..!

Hey guys, I am sure a lot of us experience slow windows going up and down at some point, especially the ones we do not use as much....rear for example. I was told by my mechanic to buy some good white lithium grease in a spray can and spray it in the tracks of where the windows go up and down, the little groove where the glass sits in on both sides of the window. This made a huge difference for me. Once you raise and lower the window a few times and "work the grease in" you can audibly hear the difference in the power window motor. They also go up and down much faster.

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Old 11-08-2020, 07:59 PM   #2
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Hey guys, I am sure a lot of us experience slow windows going up and down at some point, especially the ones we do not use as much....rear for example. I was told by my mechanic to buy some good white lithium grease in a spray can and spray it in the tracks of where the windows go up and down, the little groove where the glass sits in on both sides of the window. This made a huge difference for me. Once you raise and lower the window a few times and "work the grease in" you can audibly hear the difference in the power window motor. They also go up and down much faster.

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Maybe I'll give that a shot. My passenger side front.... the one I use most often... is slow.
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:51 AM   #3
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Default Re: Power windows slow?....Try this tip..!

On the first gen Miatas, this is quite common. The fix for them was to clean the guide out as best you could with alcohol and qtips, then they would use Honda Shin-Etsu grease. in the rails.

Its really just a silicone grease, so probably anything like that would do
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Old 11-09-2020, 11:00 AM   #4
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I have been using silicone spray every once in a while and itís been working for me.
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Old 11-11-2020, 09:23 AM   #5
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Hey guys, I am sure a lot of us experience slow windows going up and down at some point, especially the ones we do not use as much....rear for example. I was told by my mechanic to buy some good white lithium grease in a spray can and spray it in the tracks of where the windows go up and down, the little groove where the glass sits in on both sides of the window. This made a huge difference for me. Once you raise and lower the window a few times and "work the grease in" you can audibly hear the difference in the power window motor. They also go up and down much faster.

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I pour Dot 5 silicone brake fluid down the tracks. I have never used lithium or petroleum type greases because I was unsure as to how they'd affect the rubber. As in your experience, however, the lubrication makes operating both electric and crank windows a breeze. Also, wiping Dot 5 or ru-glide on the door gaskets makes for a quieter and less squeeeeeeeky ride.
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Old 11-11-2020, 04:47 PM   #6
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My power windows will not even go down unless I assist by pulling down on the glass with my hand. They go back up fine. I tried cleaning the tracks with alcohol and Q-tips and they seemed to work a bit better, but applying a thick PB blaster white spray lithium grease to the track brought my windows to a stop once again. I notice my glass shifts to one side when I try to open the window, I suspect some other problem inside of the door.
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My power windows will not even go down unless I assist by pulling down on the glass with my hand. They go back up fine. I tried cleaning the tracks with alcohol and Q-tips and they seemed to work a bit better, but applying a thick PB blaster white spray lithium grease to the track brought my windows to a stop once again. I notice my glass shifts to one side when I try to open the window, I suspect some other problem inside of the door.
I know that others here have indicated success with petroleum type greases such as litheum, but you really don't want to use a petroleum grease on rubber. It both swells and damages the rubber, and getting the rubber to un-swell takes a very long time. I once used it on brake caliper pins, and the rubber bushings swelled and seized the pins. This made for all sorts of problems.

What you really want is a silicone grease or oil, and without a petroleum carrier such as kerosene. Silicone grease (dielectric grease) can be rubbed into the rubber window channels, but it won't get down into the lower part much. Go to NAPA and buy yourself some Dot 5 silicone brake fluid. With a v shaped piece of cardboard aimed into the window channel, trickle a bit of fluid down the track. Operate the window a few times to distribute. You'll have to clean excess off the glass, but eventually that goes away.

If your rubber tracks are swollen, you're going to have to wait a long time for them to de-swell, though silicone oil might help things. Hopefully other damage wasn't done.
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Why all the bother to put something DOWN the channel?
All I have ever done on any car is to lower the glass, then use spray silicone with one of those tubes attached to the nozzle, spray both tracks ABOVE the sash, then raise the glass back up into the newly sprayed upper channels. Works every time and for like a year.
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When I got my '98 the driver's window was very slow. I used silicone lube on the tracks and it improved for a while. Ultimately I had to replace the motor and while it was apart I cleaned and lubed the whole regulator mechanism. It works a lot better now.
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Dot 5 brake fluid is something I never would have thought of.

I really need to shop for a new can of silicone spray. The last stuff I bought is garbage. Whatever the carrier is, it fades plastic. I've got light spots on the plastic on my Saturn and my truck because of it.
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