Morning Mystery

It is very cold and dark when I leave for work at a very early hour in the morning.  Lately it’s been even colder with snow flurries, but that’s not what was so unusual this particular morning.  I left my house, locked the door, trudged down the snow covered steps trying not to bust my ass in my work clothes, remotely unlocked my car, and then stopped in amazement.

All four windows of my car are almost completely rolled down within a couple inches of the bottom.  What the hell?!  Of course it is snowing, so snow is blowing into my car.  No really, what the hell?!  I have tried to rack my brain and come up with several scenarios, but none really explain it.

1.  It’s not like it’s summer and I would have “left” my windows down from my leisurely drive home from work the night before.

2.  Maybe someone broke into my car and had a key and rolled down the automatic windows.  But nothing was stolen or even moved from my car.  And if they had the key, why not just steal the damn car.

3.  Maybe I accidentally pushed on the window buttons last night when I was putting my cover on my windshield last night.  I did have the driver’s door open so I could reach up and get the cover in place, and the car was on so I could do one last swipe of the windshield wipers to remove any snow that was falling.  But, to roll all the windows down that far, I would have had to hold down all the buttons.  But the driver’s side window is automatic; hold it down for longer than 2 seconds and it rolls all the way down, not within a couple inches like this.  Plus, I have to shut a strap for the cover into the door when I close and lock the car. I would have noticed that the windows were down.

4.  Did I sleep walk?  Maybe, but I probably would have busted my butt getting down the snow covered steps.  And I don’t think I’ve ever left the house before.

5.  Was it SO cold that I had a short in my automatic windows and they rolled down on their own?  But I was able to roll them back up without any trouble once I started the car.  Besides when it’s cold, you usually have the opposite problem, you can’t get the windows to roll down.

6.  Maybe someone I know is playing a prank on me, because this is a good one.  But no one I know has a key to my car.  A couple people have keys to my house, but c’mon that’s stretching it that I wouldn’t have heard them come in, right?  Plus, they have better things to do than roam around in sub-freezing weather and partly roll down my windows.

No really….What. The. Hell?!


I have solved the mystery with the help of  One Particular Kitchen on Twitter.  Apparently the key fob to my Honda Accord has a nifty feature.  Click the unlock button on the key fob and hold it down, the windows will roll down until you let go of the button.  I used to have an old Volkswagen and I always knew you could roll the windows up or down by turning the key in the door and holding it , but I tried that with the key in the door to the Honda once and assumed it was just a VW thing when it didn’t work.  Apparently not, just hold down the key fob.  So, in the future I need to be a lot more careful when walking away from my car with my hands full, like I did last night when I got home.  It’s honestly amazing this hasn’t happened before now!  Thank goodness this during wasn’t one of Nashville’s overnight torrential downpours!

9 Responses

  1. That is FREAKY! I probably would’ve been scared to get in my car. Let us know if you figure out this mystery!

  2. What kind of car? Volkswagen? Sounds like the key fob unlock button was held down, rolling down all the windows. Handy feature in the summer.

  3. Andrew, yep that’s it! See my reasoning above. I didn’t realize Honda does that too. Even better, I don’t have to leave my house to roll down my windows in the summer.

  4. I’m glad I have a Subaru!

  5. If that had happened here, the car would not be there in the morning !!

  6. It also works on Honda Accords (at least my 2005 hybrid) with the regular key as well. If you insert the key and unlock, and hold it in the unlock position, the windows will go down. Kinda crazy.

  7. Darius, I tried that with the key on my 2006 Accord once and didn’t get it to work, because my old VW did that. If you move it to lock, will it roll them back up? I tried it with the key fob and it didn’t work. That would be really useful if it started raining and I was inside my house.

  8. They don’t roll back up: only down 😦

  9. Ah, see that’s where my old VW wins. I could roll them up and down all day long. But the fewer and cheaper repairs and maintenance on the Honda win.

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