Having power windows is very helpful. But they can have problems like switches that don’t work, anti-pinch sensors that don’t work, motors that don’t work, and windows that won’t move.
Today, we’re going to talk about the problem of car windows sticking to the rubber on the sliding track. This is one of the most common problems with windows that can be opened automatically.
Putting some silicone spray lubricant on the rubber tracks can fix windows that won’t move.
When power windows go up and down, they follow a groove in the rubber seal. This rubber seal keeps out noise and bad weather.
But if the rubber is left out in the sun and rain, it could start to break down. This becomes a problem when the rubber starts to stick to the windows, making it hard for the motor to move the window up or down.
Silicone Lubricant is a great car window seal lubricant, so you will need it for this job.
Follow this procedure to fix sticking car windows:
1) Roll the window all the way down. 2) Spray silicone lubricant between the rubber channels. 3) Pull up the window again 4) Spray the seal’s edges with the silicone lubricant. 5) Wipe off any extra oil. All Done!
Rubber and plastic parts can be fixed up with silicone lubricant. Silicone keeps things from cracking and makes rubber soft again, so you can literally make things last longer (think of it as a moisturiser for rubber). Also, the lubricant doesn’t easily wash away when it rains or when you wash your car.
So it makes sense that it is a good lubricant for car window seals. You can clean the window tracks even more with earbuds if the rubber grooves are too dirty.
Can engine oil be used to grease rubber? No, don’t use mineral oil because it might not work well with the rubber. Even if it did, the oil would attract a lot of dirt and grime that would be hard to clean out of the tight grooves.
Can Bar of soap be used instead? Yes, a lot of people say that rubbing a bar of soap along the edge of a sticky rubber seal made the rubber less sticky. But the good effect doesn’t last long because soap is easy to wash off.
Is there a product made just for that? Even though Silicone Spray works well to make it easier to open and close car windows, we do have other products that work better for this. The 3M Window Channel Dresser is one of them.
Even if your windows don’t stick too much, spraying a little silicone lube on them every year or so is still a good idea. The power motor might be making up for the fact that your windows are sticking. This will wear out the motor in the long run, and it may break down sooner. Also, spray some inside the ignition lock while you’re at it.