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Master Geek
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Topic # 204512 5-Oct-2016 09:24
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Hi everyone,


For the past couple of years my old car has had some issues with the driver-side window. The car is an old 1992 Toyota Sprinter and the windows are electric. The problem was that the window would go down absolutely fine, but it really didn't like going back up again. It would get about half way up and then stop. If I inadvertently put the window down I would need to grab a friend or 2 and have them yank the window up to the top while I held down the up button. Since getting the window fixed would cost more than the car was worth, I put up with this inconvenience. It meant I visited fast-food takeaways a lot less!


But the problem has gotten worse. Yesterday after I successfully received a new warrant of fitness from a local garage, I noticed that the window was slightly open. I attempted to put the window down before pushing the up button again (since having a run-up + yanking helped get the window to the top). However, now the window doesn't want to go down either!!


My question for the forum is this: is it illegal to have a non-functioning driver-side window? I'm mainly worried about being stopped at a police checkpoint and being asked to wind my window down to breathe into the breathalyser. Will the cops fine me on the spot for failing to comply?


Thanks for any advice!

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  Reply # 1645697 5-Oct-2016 10:01
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I doubt it is illegal as long as it is not loose or dangerous,


There is no specific requirement for a windows to be openable


Whether a cop might want to debate an unopenable window is not "mechanically sound" is debatable, but given that you got a WOF with it, I wouldn't loose sleep over it...


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Master Geek
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  Reply # 1645713 5-Oct-2016 10:20
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It's not problem - last year I went through a checkpoint with a faulty front window and the cop just laughed when I had to crack the door. He said it was quite common.






As for the sticky window,  try spray silicon on the rails - as they age they dry out and friction increases.


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  Reply # 1645750 5-Oct-2016 11:00
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See this many times in the drivethru late at night with some crapbox car infront having to open the door to order and pay and get food. However they looked to be the sorts of cars where being legal was not something they cared about.


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  Reply # 1645764 5-Oct-2016 11:08
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It sounds like the adhesive that holds your glass in the channel has perished, so every time you wind your window down, friction holds the glass up and it then falls out of the channel. I had the same problem with my beat up old Hilux. I used to have to manually push my window down while pressing the down button to avoid this happening. WhenI forgot to do that, I would then have to retrieve the window (taking the door lining off to access it), then hold the window halfway up, press the button all the way to the down position, and then try to 'catch' the window while winding it up. It was a real PITA.


Novus charged me around $90 from memory to re-glue the window to the channel. Then you just put graphite on the rubbers to reduce the friction and stop it happening again.

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  Reply # 1647691 8-Oct-2016 14:38
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Thanks guys, you were all a big help! I'm not worried about this problem any more :)

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