My passenger window today stopped working properly. Previously it was working great, but today I went to roll it down, and it made it about an inch, then made a nasty grinding sound, refusing to go further. It would go up, but would not go down any more than an inch. I pressed it down while pushing the down button, and it went a bit farther, then the same thing. Then I tried to roll it back up, and now it won't go up any more than about an inch from the top, nor back down any more than maybe 4 inches.
I took the door panel off, and none of the visible gears are grinding - they just stop. Same with the small gear inside that they connect to that I can see with a flashlight and sticking my head in the door. The sound seems to be coming from the front of the door, near where the bar is that holds it open. There are 3 holes with little round nut-looking things in them visible through the holes, and a hex bolt in the center. I haven't tried messing with it further, because I don't know what I'm doing.
I found two pieces of metal in the bottom of the door, which were at one time a single piece of metal, as the broken spots line up. In addition, each has onother broken-off end (at a sharp angle), so it's apparent this was at one time part of something up inside the door. I don't know what though. They seemed wedged down into the door, so I'm assuming they were there for longer than today.
I would like to at least get the window up, to fend off any rain. Any advice?