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W123-TECH Electric Window Switches

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I was bombing around in the red baron this weekend (1984 euro 300D, 4-spd with euro headlights and small bumpers) and my windows went crazy on me.
It was hilarious. As I would raise the drivers side window, the passenger side would open and visa versa. I could only get one closed and drove home that way.
I tried to uncross the wires connecting to the switches and was surprised that the wires seem to cross connect to each other. And there sure are a lot of them.
I know it's an easy fix, but it was beyond my skill and patience and it was getting to be miller time, so I garaged the beast .

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I neglected to remember that when we brought the car to US I had the front two windows converted from manual to electric by the federalizer. I see a bunch of black electricians tape under there. It could be a shoemaker job, that lasted 20 years.
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Would the motor installation necessairily eliminate the use of the hand crank method, if I put back the crank handles ?

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Zak;
Do you want both manual and electric window control; if yes there may not be enough room for both.
Happy Trails Beep Beep from The Spiderman on the Gulf Coast, Don:p :p :p

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Hi Zak Remember you have or should have a DOT bar between the door skin and the inside frame.joeym

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Thanks Joey and Don. As usual you guys are correct. I still have not fixed the window lifts. I will wait til sub freezing weather no doubt.

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If I had a 300D with a manual tranny(don't believe it was ever sold in the US of A with that tranny) I think i would go back to manual windows & keep it as simple & reliable as possible:cool:

My 240D is a manual & is about as simple as possible but it all works all the time & I've had electric window troubles in several other cars in the past 50 years.:)

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Simplicity

Al, there's ALOT to be said for keeping it simple

I would almost rather not have electric windows (of course the passenger's side exterior mirror is electric also and is prone to misbehaviour)

If it weren't for the boost, I'd just as soon get rid of the turbocharger as well.

"Keep it simple, stupid" (K.I.S.S.) is my motto

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1981 300TD Window Switch Diagnosis

Good Morning All,

Is there a documented procedure for testing the switches, such as taking them out of the circuit and using an Ohm meter to check for continuity across certain poles while the switch is in Up or Down position? I have read several posts both in the Diesel forum and in this one that discuss replacing the switches and disassembling the switches to clean the contacts, but I would prefer to diagnose that there is a problem with the switch before doing either of those things.

Any input is much appreciated.
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Have fooled around with mine several times. Don't need meters. Can do it by interchanging switches between doors, to determine if the switch is bad.

Are the switches in the center console working OK? Or is one of these switches not working. If that's the problem, the right and left dual switches are interchaneable. So you can find out which switch is bad. Be careful when removing the switch to label the wires. The wires are rather short, so removing and reinstalling the console switches needs to be done with some finesse.

If both console switches are OK then you have to interchange switches between opposite doors to tell if the switch is bad.

Once you remove the bad switch, it can be taken apart and the contacts cleaned. Though it's a tricky bit of surgery because the switch is intended to be replaced rather than repaired. Replacement switches are inexpensive so I would recommend not bothering with cleaning the contacts, unless you are one of those people who want to keep the ORIGINAL parts.

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Thanks Alex. I will give that a try.

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I think my power window motor died

My rear power window no longer goes up or down. The window appears to be getting power. It just makes a faint banging noise like a tiny machine gun...bap-bap-bap-bap-bap! The other rear window works intermittantly. The panel which contains the switches is quite loose but I don't think this is related to the gunning sounds. It does have something to do with the second window's aliments. Any ideas?

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I agree with Vince. The regulator is most likely the culprit. The teeth on the pie piece shaped gear get worn and finally stripped. You may find one on ebay or..

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1251597&posts=15&fid=10

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I traded my electric windows for good old fashioned hand cranks.

Yep I actually found a guy selling everything to convert my 300D over to manual.
everything came off a rusty 240D including excellent door panels.
Best fix I've done yet and I wont miss those electric ones since they never work all that well anyways.
I should have grabbed the manual sunroof while I was there.

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