Question about 2003 Subaru Forester
My 2003 Subaru Forester driver side window son't go up or down. The motor is working fine You can hear it. It acts like the window is off track. How do you remove the door panel to inspect it. On step 11, posted by Ajkill, my window is also stuck but in the upright position. The bolts cannot be moved into view, through the service holes, because the power window switch does not work (I suspect because the motor is dead). Therefore I cannot remove the mounting nuts and proceed with the rest of the repair. What should I do?
This is something that is definitely worth it to leave to a professional. What would be worth it to do is to take the door apart yourself if you can and do want to do so and determine if the motor is indeed dead. There are a few screws and bolts that hold the plastic inner door shell in place and a lot of them are hidden but not that hard to find once you start looking. You can try word searches for your specific vehicle and some sites might go into specific detail as to where the screws/bolts are located. Once you have the inner door shell off everything should be easy to locate. Using a test light purchased from almost any parts place, test probe each electrical connector going to the window switches as well as the window motor. If the light comes on then you are getting power to the motor or the switch but the motor/switch itself is not working. If the light does not come on then you have a problem originating elsewhere. Make sure and test the light out elsewhere first to make sure it works and you know how to use it. Once you know the motor or switch is bad then you can purchase another (if you desire) and just pay the labor to have it done. It is well worth it. The scissor lift device on a lot of the automatic windows is under a lot of tension and you can easily break fingers/hands if not 100% certain what you are doing. This is one, I myself would pay to have done (and I have, it cost me $80 labor). Hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
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