Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Melbourne's West
Re: Power window stuck in EB Fairmont
Hey, exactly the same fault in my ED a fortnight back! And it was dry solder joints. A bit of extra advice......the driver's window gets the most use, hence the most arcing at the switch. This blackens the contacts, they go high resistance and heat up when current is applied via the switch. End result, heats the solder and weakens it - gets steadily worse until the joints fail. Interestingly, the joints will still check out ok with a multimeter check, but break down under current load from the window motor.
So make sure you dismantle the top of the switch (easy to do) and clean up the contacts, as well as re-work the joints. I recommend getting some solder-wick (available at electronics stores like Dick Smith or Jaycar) and using this with your iron to remove all the old solder prior to re-soldering the joint. Only use enough heat to do the job or you may damage the board.