Switch went out. will roll window down, but not up. Wondering if the switch itself is easy to replace, or if it requires specialized tools and door panel removal. I'm up for tackling it myself vs taking it to a dealer, but I'd love input
It just pops out with a screwdriver. Just insert it at the top of the switch and carefully pop it out of the panel. Then just unplug the switch at the back. You cannot find it at an auto parts store so you will have to go to the dealer or get it online. The switch is the issue with the car. I have a 2000 Subaru Legacy that did the same exact thing and it was the switch.
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Remove the switch panel and check to see there is 12V power there.. If there is Push the switch and see if the power comes out of it to drive the motor, if the power is not present check the wire back looking for the short.. usually if the power is missing none of the windows will work. look where the wires come out the door post to the door. look at fuses, If there is power and it does not come through the switch when you push the switch. the switch might be bad. in which case jump the switch to roll window up and buy a new switch (rock auto.com) if you apply 12v power and the window still will not go up.. you will need to replace the motor. not a hard job. you must remove door panel and remove regulator and motor and replace and reinstall. either junk yard part, craigslist part or new at Rock auto.. Post a comment and let us know what happens.
You are correct, the switch is broke internally and your have to replace the Switch Assembly. There are 2 ways, taking the Door Panel OFF and then unplugging it from the rear and then it will pop out much easier and less opportunity to do damage to the door panel itself as you can see if it is screwed into position or just retaining clips (metal springs) that you just push down (Slide to the Rear and then the top pulls out ) or if it is held in place by phillips screws... if you go to Ebay and look carefully at the Master Switch, if they flip over the Pics, then you can see if they are Spring or Screw in type. www.car-part.com has these switches if you want to purchase a used switch or www.ebay has them also for less money and sometimes you get them from a dealer for less.
your cars system is powered and controled by an ECU ( electronic control unit or computer box) the program is malfunctioning by then, have ur car checked using a scan tool with parameters designed for your cars ECU to check the sensors it might only needs reprogramming rather than buying a very expensive computer box.
Could be a couple of things: the first two apply ONLY to POWER WINDOWS:
1-window switch went bad (not common but it happens)
2-window motor only works one direction (even more rare, but still has happened)
3-window regulator defective(power windows-maybe broken cable or mechanism; manual crank window regulator-broken mechanism.
If you have power windows:
Do you hear the motor running or binding when trying to roll window down? bad regulator
No noise? switch or motor
You need to remove your door panel to see and access the interior operating components. When you get that far you'll most likely see something obviously broken.
Then you'll need to examine the regulator and see if it has a broken cable or other binding parts.
Not a big deal to replace the window motor or regulator, but requires a little patience and manual dexterity.
the motor is holding it in place you the only way to get it up if the motor itself is bad and you don't wanna replace it right now you can unbolt the window off the regulator and put the window up and jam it in place with something but the motor should be pretty easy to replace