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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 07:46 PM
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90 Bronco tailgate window stuck down

And what a horrible thing it is. The switch for the window in the tailgate wasn't working right for a few weeks (would let me go down but not up).

I used the tailgate switch to take it down, opened the tailgate, took out some stuff, then closed and tried the key to raise it. It didn't work, but I expected that, so I went forward and tried the dashboard switch (with power on). Still, no response. Tried jamming the door closed as hard as possible, tried wiggling wires/keys, still, no luck.

I am suspecting that the problem is in the safety switch. It looks quite old and worn, and moves like it has no purpose.

The only problem is that I can't get at the switch, motor, or any other connecting window component. I've taken off the interior access panel and all I see is glass. I've tried reaching across to the inside of the driver's gate latch, to get at the safety switch wire, and I can touch it, but that's about it. No way can I bypass it with that little room.

All I need is my window to be UP. I can't touch the window motor, because it's on the other side of the glass, and I can't move the glass, because the connections are inaccessible.

Fuses are all fine. Dash switch works fine. Motor is NOT getting power.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 08:25 PM
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Re: 90 Bronco tailgate window stuck down

Fixed! Yeah, I used the search feature and went over about 50 pages of posts to find it... But I might as well post the fix here for ease-of-finding.

There's a (rather loose) cable running from the tailgate switch to the window motor, that's located below the access panel opening. I pulled this up, and jumped the motor directly to another car's battery, window up!

From there, with the window open and propped, (and tailgate down, to make things easier), I located the safety switch cable, leading from the driver's side latch to a harness, cut it, and spliced it to itself, bypassing the switch. Now my regular window switches work!
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