What am I supposed to do if pulled over by a police officer in the US and for some reason I can't roll down my car's windows?

On pretty much all websites I have seen so far they indicate one must not open the door, e.g. https://trafficschoolonline.com/blog/things-to-do-stopped-by-police:

Don't make a move to open the door or do anything else unless you're told to.

Example of reason why I can't roll down my car's windows:

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  • Will this be all your windows at the same time?
    – Willeke
    Feb 16, 2020 at 18:51
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    Pull off the sticker and hold it against the window?
    – Willeke
    Feb 16, 2020 at 18:57
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    @MarkJohnson I added some tint on the windows and the instructions say I shouldn't roll down the windows within 48 hours after the tinting was done. Feb 16, 2020 at 20:25
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    "Don't open the door unless you are told to" - if you mime that you can't open the window, you or the officer can open the door. Feb 17, 2020 at 1:34
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    That this is even a question confirms how messed up the US Police system is and how scared people are that they will be shot Feb 17, 2020 at 13:55

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The best thing is to indicate with your hands that the window doesn't work, you should do this by keeping your hands visible at all times so the officer can ensure their safety. The officer has probably pulled over people before whose windows don't work and I'm sure they'll understand.

As Willeke suggested this will be unlikely that all the windows cannot be opened, if this is the case you can laminate a sign saying something like:

Window doesn't work please use passenger window

Alternatively, maybe the officer can pop the door while holding it, just enough that you can talk through the crack.

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