A power window switch controls the movement of your vehicle's window. When activated, it allows you to roll the glass up or down easily. This power window system has replaced the manual, hand crank-operated ones. This is a standard on almost all vehicle models today. This mechanism is activated when the window switch signals a relay to the power window motor positioned within the car door. Once activated, the direction of the car's window circuit is altered, and this enables the glass to go up and down without the need of a traditional hand crank. It's basically the same for all vehicle models. The only difference is the type of window switch you're using.
What are the different types of window switches?
When choosing a new power window switch, you have to consider your vehicle's OEM requirements first. Consulting your owner's manual wouldn't hurt, as it probably specifies the type of window switch you need to get for your car. There are three basic types: push-pull, toggle, and rocker switches.
Dodge and Chrysler cars are known for using this type of switch. One simply has to
rock or press gently on the switch to roll the windows up and down. The rocker switch does this by connecting and disconnecting the electrical circuit on the motor. Some cars built with rocker switches have a locking mechanism to prevent other people from accidentally activating the switch. This is particularly useful when you have a kid on board.
This type is more commonly used in Chevrolet/GMC, Saturn, Ford, and Pontiac vehicles. It is built with a sort of lever or a handle that is pushed forward and backward to control the window's movement. The lever controls the electric current that enables you to roll up and down your windows with ease. This type of switch is probably the simplest and easiest to use, as you only have to push the lever forward to move the windows up, and push it backward to roll the glass down. However, there's no locking mechanism for a toggle switch, so you have to be extra careful when driving with a child on board. This type of switch is considered the least safe among all three types.
As the newest power window design, the push-pull or lever switch is most commonly found in luxury vehicles, such as Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar. Less expensive models are also built with this switch, including Saab, Toyota, and Honda models. It is considered the safest type of window switch because it rules out accidental window movement. To roll up the windows, you need to hook your finger under the switch and pull it up. Simply do the reverse if you want your windows rolled down. It costs more than the other switches, but it is highly recommended to prevent window-related accidents.
Consider the passengers riding with you on a regular basis to determine which type of window switch to get. To be safe and sure, choose one with a locking mechanism, as it is both budget- and child-friendly.