You know the old saying: "If you short something out, it doesn't work
because you let the smoke out"
Well, it happened today Nothing major, just messed up
my stereo. But something led up to this...
I washed my car, but at home It was really dusty this week;
washing was the only option.
Did a pretty decent job- cleaned the "wheels" and dried it off. This
time, it didn't leak any drops inside
Moved out to the street, put the top down, and went for a 4:07 minute
ride (timed it with a song from the CD player).
I then put the windows up, left the doors open slightly, put the top up,
and shut the doors. Didn't bother locking it 'cuz my idiot brother was
in the driveway and I had to move when he left
Anyway, 2 hours later, I went to the door and saw that my left window
was almost completely down (with a 1/4" to go down)
So I went to put it up. I heard clicking, but the thing wasn't going up
Then tried the passenger side window- nothing Neither
will go up or down
An interesting symptom- When the left switch is operated, a
click is heard (same tone) when in the up or down position. But the
right one has a less noticible click when it's in the down position.
Things I did to check it:
-Fuse: The first thing I always check with problems. Lights up like a
-Switches: I have 11.9V at the switches. Tried jumping the things with
a paperclip (inserted ends on the power wires, then grounded them to
no avail)- didn't work [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG] But tried seeing if there was any
power with a test light and it wouldn't light
Took voltage of the switches when in the up and down position, 11.8V
for UP, 6.8mV for DOWN.
-Motor: Removed the left door panel (first time ever, easier than I
thought ) to get to the motor. Unplugged it and tested for
voltage (at connector)- same as above.
Now for the stupid thing...
I decided to use a 12V source to try to operate the motor (it was late
and it's gonna rain tomorrow, of course). I attached the paper clips
and jumper wires to their appropriate connections on the motor.
Grounded one and wanted to power the other. Had a "brilliant thought"
to go through the cigar lighter (PS- NEVER do this!) for power. SPARK,
POP, and... release smoke
It shorted out in there- the lead was too wide
Then decided a smarter thing to do would be to go directly to the
battery (which I should have done first, but I was lazy). Did that, the
window arose from the depths of the door prison like a phoenix
Conclusions? The motor's not bad. The module clicks (but I suspect
it's bad 'cuz with VWs, it's never anything cheap ). The switches
appear to be okay. I'm an idiot. But, I got the window up before
it rains And I fixed the fuse I blew from the cigar/radio/clock,
but the fuse inside the stereo is still blown, so it won't play CDs
The Bentely diagram was not really a help, but I will use ALLDATA
tomorrow to see how helpful that can be. Any ideas of what can be the
Modified by VeeDubDriver1990 at 1:28 AM 9-26-2005