Having to turn your window crank whenever you want to roll your windows up and down can be a pain for most drivers. It is tiring, at times dangerous, and more often than not, inconvenient-imagine having to take your hand off the shift knob, then reaching for the turn-crank simply because you want to take in a cool breeze. Fortunately, you can upgrade from manual to power windows to have the convenience of opening and closing your window with the press of a button.
Features to look for
Some features to consider when buying a new power window kit are:
- Motors and regulators with a lifetime warranty
- Templates for easy wiring setup
- A full wiring harness, which is not included in some kits
Changing to a power window setup is not an easy task, as you have to drill holes and run wires along your car's interior. Choose one that has very straightforward instructions on how to properly set up the kit. The manual that comes with it should also be able to give you templates and instructions on how to run the wirings when installing the new system. Make sure that this will not interfere with your car's current wiring setup. Buy a kit that you can easily install by yourself, or if you're planning to hire a mechanic to do so, choose a kit that will not require you to buy extra parts. For instance, a wiring harness is not provided by some aftermarket power window kit providers.
Aesthetic aspects to consider
You might also want to think about the color and appearance of the power window switches before buying a kit. Do they match the color theme of your car's interior? Do they fit in with the car's general look? Do they blend in nicely with the handles, where they are usually seated? Aesthetic aspects like these are not that important to car owners who are primarily after function, but if you are very particular about your car's interior, these are things you should consider.
Final note: Even though power window kits may be universal for a particular car model, the placement of the switches may have to be customized. Ask the aftermarket manufacturer for suggestions on how and where the switches should be mounted in your car. Additionally, ask the provider if there is a special wiring scheme that needs to be followed when installing these customized switches.