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Re: Need to Take Apart the Car Door
Use a small scraper or a pair of flat screwdrivers and probe under the door panel to loosen the panel from the clips in the door. You are going to find them on the edges of the panel and will pull outward slightly. Unhook the armrest and other fittings and then you will have access to the inside of the door. You may need a pickup magnet or a coat hanger to retrieve the ring from the door.
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If forcing the windows using multiple switches at the same time, and then all the power windows have become inoperative, the drivers side, (master), switch is at fault. (Probably burned out). It is the only switch that has the ability to control all switch functions.
some have individual fuses .. u need to pull door apart and checkpower some are switched up and down bye earth and some swap the power around just check what happens when u move the switch .. if power moves its the moter .. u can pull them apart and some times get lucky ... if there is a wire prob check were the door hinjes the wires some times brake from bending
It will be a minimum of around $300 for the cheapest and even higher depending on what they say needs changing. I remember being quoted $280 for changing a door cylinder (bought it for $30 and changed it myself)
it could be a simple cheap $10 dollar switch, $60 regulator, or it could be an $100+ motor...
You'll need to remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge. You can then disconnect the harness connecting the power switches and you can test the switches...If it's not the switch, you'll actually have to pull off the weather seal and get to the inside of the door... removing the motor and or regulator will require you to take off the bolts holding it down and the connecting linkages. This is around a 1-3 hour job depending how easy everything comes apart and goes back together. Dealer will quote you at least 3 hours I believe
check the fuse box and make sure the windows are not fused separately,before taking the door apart.
the door panel is held in with clips and there is a tool made for removing them.the window regulator/motor is a tricky one to do and unless you are really good,do not mess with it.
the motors have internal thermal cutouts.
I have a 1989 Landcruiser but without power windows so I will tell you what I know about mine.
First remove the arm rest. you will need a large phillips head screw driver for this. Then remove the plastic trim around the door handle. This is only one regular sized phillips screw. Carefull not to do this one up too tight when you put it back on or it will crack.
The door trim is held on by about 10 plastic plugs around the edge that just pop out. Put a large flat blade screw driver behind the trim up close to where each pin and with a little twiste is should pop off. The wood isn't that strong (masonite) so you need to be gentle.
I don't know how the window switch or the door lock works as mine are mechanical but I imagine there would be some spare cable so you can partialy remove the trim and get your arm in to remove the cables.
Once the trim is off the car you should be able to see how to remove the switch.
You will probably have to get a new switch from toyota or a wreckers.
First you need to remove the door handle and window crank by pushing back the ring and releasing the handles. Also the arm rest will have screws into the steel door frame that must be removed. The panel itself has plastic snaps that are pushed into holes in the doors steel frame. The trick is to slide a pry bar or even two is better, one on ether side of the clip and force the pin out. You need to be patent and do one at a time. The door panels are made of a less than hard strong material and will brake apart easily especially if they are older. The clips go all the way around the lower three sides and the top will lift off the sill.
Is this for a rear view mirror motor? or a side window? If it is for a side window motor you need to carefully take apart the door panel - the control (switch) panel on the window door panel is the trickest to remove - if your not careful you can break the clips when trying to get this dislodged from the door panel - after that there are a series of cover plates that cover the screws for removing this panel - and then there is all wires for the electronic devices - rear view mirror and other windows (if it is the drivers side) etc...
Note you will lock out your radio if you try and disconnect the battery to do this - so becareful you should not have to disconnect the battery to do this work -
once you get down to seeing the window glass you are almost there - you have to get the window all the way up and then remove the plastic splash guard poly sheet...
The motor mounts are difficult to get to - and watch out to not cut yourself -
also the window needs propped up when you take out the motor ...