Car Window Anti Pinch Resets

Window Pinch Reset Function

The car window anti pinch reset is a built in safety mechanism used on electric door windows on a motor vehicle. It’s purpose is to prevent you from harm.

For example, should you trap your hand in the electric window when the auto wind up feature is used, the pinch reset will stop the window from completely crushing your hand. Alternatively should you trap an object in the window, the reset feature should back off before the window breaks.

When an electric window is under load (resistance) when an object is obstructing it, the window rebounds back open again. Similar to an elevator door the window will automatically open again when it senses resistance.

resetting a car window anti pinch

Breaking an Electric Car Door Window

The anti pinch reset is a simple device that typically requires no adjustment. However, when you break a window in your vehicle, the limits for the window may require resetting or initializing.

This is because when a car door window is broken in a vehicle you may accidentally regulate the window up past its current limits. This is due to the fact there is no window to prevent you from doing so.

When you then install the new window, the window reaches the top of the door frame and feels the resistance of the frame and rebounds back down half way. This is the pinch reset being activated.

Initializing a car door window

Many vehicles require initializing/resetting after a door window replacement and some models may even require a computer reset.

However, most vehicles require only a simple procedure using only the regulator switch to fix the problem. So don’t call the dealer or a mechanic, save yourself the time and expense and view our list of resets.

Please note, we do not take any responsibility for any of the procedures not working. Do so at your own risk.

Note, that many of these resets can work on many other model of the same, or similar brand.

Work In Progress

Please fee free to post other resets you may know of in the comments section. In addition, if a reset worked/did not work for you share also in the comments.

If you don’t find a solution here. Grab your vehicles manual, many of these car door resets are listed in the manual. It’s not a trade secret, just a simple function of your vehicle.

Finally, please understand that the newer models may not still have the same reset functions as the older generations. However, this kind of technology changes very little over time. It’s designed to be simple.

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Acura TSX Window Anti Pinch Reset

(Note: Steps 4 thru 7 must be done within 5 seconds of each other!!)d

  1. Turn ignition switch to ON.
  2. Lower the window by depressing the switch manually. (Pressing and Holding)
  3. Open the door
  4. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK.
  5. Push down and hold the switch.
  6. Turn the ignition switch to ON.
  7. Release the window switch.
  8. Repeat steps 4 thru 7 three more times.
  9. Wait 1 second.
  10. Confirm the AUTO UP and AUTO DOWN do not work. If they work, go back to step one.
  11. Lower the window all the way by pushing down the switch.
  12. Pull up and hold the switch until the window reaches the fully closed position, then continue to hold the switch for one second.
  13. Confirm that the power window control unit is reset.

Acura/Honda Window Anti Pinch Reset

  1. Hold the switch in the up position until set in the upper channel and hold for 2-5 seconds.
  2. Hold the switch in the down position until fully lowered and hold for 2-5 seconds.
  3. Confirm reset through POWER UP and POWER DOWN feature.

Audi Window Anti Pinch Reset

May also work on Volkswagen, Skoda

  1. Move the glass to the full down position.
  2. Then touch the up button quickly 3 times.
  3. This should reset the anti-pinch feature.

BMW Window Anti Pinch Reset

May work on other BMW models.

  1. Make sure window is in the full open position.
  2. Close the door.
  3. Press and hold the window switch all the way down for approximately 20 seconds.
  4. Lift the switch and hold up.
  5. Window will move up through its full travel, then down and back up again.
  6. Test function of feature.

BMW Z4 Window Anti Pinch Reset

May work on other BMW soft tops

  1. Close both doors and the soft-top or hardtop installed.
  2. Lower windows completely.
  3. Raise the windows and hold the switches in the up position for one additional second after the window reaches the top.
  4. Lower the windows approximately 4 inches.
  5. Raise the windows and hold the switches in the up position for one additional second after the window reaches the top.
  6. Close the windows using the one-touch function to confirm operation.

BMW 3 Series Window Anti Pinch Reset

Note. Any brief interruption of the steps may require a repeat of the whole process.

  1. Close both doors and the soft-top or hardtop installed.
  2. Disconnect and reconnect fuse 57 in the glove box.
  3. Open all found windows.
  4. Raise the front windows and hold the switches in the up position for at least 3 additional seconds after the window reaches the top.
  5. Open the front windows 2/3 of the way down.
  6. Close the rear windows completely.
  7. Raise the front windows and hold the switches in the up position for at least 3 additional seconds after the window reaches the top.
  8. Check whether the reset procedure was successful.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – CADILLAC, HUMMER, GM, HOLDEN, IZUSU, VAUXHALL, OPEL

  1. Hold the switch in the up position until set in the upper channel and hold for a count of about 5 seconds. Listen carefully for a click.
  2. Then hold the switch in the down position until fully lowered and hold for a count of 5 seconds.
  3. Confirm reset thru POWER UP and POWER DOWN feature.
  4. Repeat if necessary.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – CHEVROLET CORVETTE

  1. Close the door for the window being reinitialized.
  2. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  3. Run the window to the full UP position and hold the switch continuously for a minimum of 5 seconds.
  4. Run the window to the full down position and hold the switch continuously for a minimum of 5 seconds.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP

  1. Hold the switch in the up position until set in the upper channel and hold for at least 5 seconds.
  2. Hold the switch in the down position until fully lowered and hold for at least 5 seconds.
  3. Confirm reset through POWER UP and POWER DOWN feature.
  4. Repeat if necessary.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – INFINITY/NISSAN

  1. Run window up NOT using the express feature (holding down switch).
  2. On the motor is a rubber switch that looks like a plug. Push in and hold the rubber switch (plug) down while manually operating the door glass to the full down position. DO NOT use the express feature.
  3. Then operate the express feature two or three more time, up and down.
  4. (note: on at least the 350Z, there is a hole to give EASY access the rubber switch!!)

Window Anti Pinch Reset For Jaguar

Note: Jaguar has a window switch with a two click position switch. The first click is the manual operation and the second click is the automatic operation

  1. Hold the window switch to the first click for the full downward travel of the glass. Continue to hold the switch until a click or popping sound is heard.
  2. Repeat the above operation for the full up.
  3. Check operation and repeat if necessary.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – LEXUS GS300/LS400

  1. Remove the power window motor from regulator.
  2. Connect the power window motor connector to the vehicle side wire harness.
  3. Hold the window motor switch to the UP position more than 6 turns (revolutions) or for more than 4 seconds.
  4. Install the power window motor to the regulator, regulator to door and install glass.
  5. Check operation.

Window Anti Pinch Reset For Mercedes

  1. Hold the switch in the up position until set in the upper channel and hold for at least 5 seconds.
  2. Hold the switch in the down position until fully lowered and hold for at least 5 seconds.
  3. Confirm reset through POWER UP and POWER DOWN feature.
  4. Repeat if necessary.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – MERCURY/LINCOLN/FORD

Note: Steps 1-6 must be completed within 30 seconds. The entire procedure must be completed within 5 minutes

  1. Start with the ignition key in the off position and the window open.
  2. Turn the ignition key to the ON position.
  3. Press the front window switch to the auto position six times (Auto up or Auto down).
  4. Turn the ignition switch to off position and make sure the door is open.
  5. Press the front window switch to the auto up position six times (Auto up or Auto down)
  6. Turn the ignition key to the ON position and close the door. The window glass will move down-up-down-up, which indicates that the window motor is in reset mode.
  7. Pull and hold the window switch to the UP position until the glass stalls into the upper header seal.
  8. Momentarily press the window control switch to the DOWN position and release. The window will carry out a one-touch operation until the glass stalls at the bottom of travel.
  9. Pull and hold the window switch to the UP position until the glass stalls into the upper header seal. Continue to hold the switch until it carries out and down-up movement. This movement (approximately 2-3mm) indicates that the motor has been successfully reset.
  10. Repeat if necessary. (yea right!! Thanks Ford!!)

Window Anti Pinch Reset RANGE ROVER

  1. Hold the switch in the up position until set in the upper channel and hold for 1-3 seconds.
  2. Hold the switch in the down position until fully lowered and hold for 1-3 seconds.
  3. Confirm reset through POWER UP and POWER DOWN feature.
  4. Repeat if necessary.

Window Anti Pinch Reset SAAB

Remove the fuse for the front electric windows and leave it out for 10 minutes. Replacement the fuse. Now to reset all windows you will need to roll all the windows up and down three times in a row.If you have done it correctly you will hear a confirmation beep.

Window Anti Pinch Reset – TOYOTA LAND CRUISER/LEXUS 470

  1. Run the regulator to the full down position, then remove the motor from the regulator.
  2. Manually hold the button to run the motor (from full down in step #1) to full up. Repeat for 6 to 10 revolutions to trip the reset feature.
  3. Re-install the motor with the regulator arm in the halfway up position.
  4. Re-install the regulator assembly and install glass.
  5. Raise the glass with the MANUAL function to full up (hold the button for the full duration of the glass travel).
  6. Lower with the MANUAL function to full down.
  7. Raise with AUTO to full up.
  8. Lower with AUTO to full down.
  9. Confirm operation.

Window Anti Pinch Reset TOYOTA 4RUNNER/ HILUX

  1. Remove the power window motor from the regulator.
  2. Connect the power window motor connector to the wire harness.
  3. Rotate the power window motor to the UP side by more than 6 turn (revolutions) or for more than 4 seconds.
  4. Install the power window motor to the regulator and install glass.
  5. Check operation.

Anti Pinch Reset – VOLKSWAGEN Jetta “04 and Passat TRANSPORTER other models

  1. Put key in the door lock
  2. Turn the key twice to the right and hold. The door glasses will go all the way down
  3. Turn the key twice to the left and hold. The door glasses will travel all the way to the top and stay
  4. Check the operation

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