A Guide to Troubleshooting the Honda Civic Window Regulator
Raising or lowering the glass windows on your car shouldn't be a problem. The Honda Civic window regulator is one of the major components that allow you to do this at ease. Although it can't be avoided that it will become problematic sooner or later, you can use these troubleshooting tips to diagnose whether or not you should already have it replaced.
Signs of slipping
If you notice that the window glass is slipping, then there definitely is a problem. Take a good look at the window regulator because this is one factor that causes that window to get stuck. You can repair this, but it will entail you to take out the door panel. If the hinges and the internals cannot be fixed, you have no other option but to get the window regulator replaced instead. It's important to get a new one so that you'd be able to raise or lower the glass windows at your own convenience and without any problems.
Hearing odd noises that are coming from the windows can also be a sign that one of the parts is starting to get defective. If there's grinding or rattling, you'd better start inspecting the window regulator. Get this replaced right away if you don't want the problem, such as not being able to bring the windows up and down again, to get worse.
Falling car windows
At first, you will start hearing a loud popping noise from the glass window and this indicates that a mechanism inside, such as the window regulator, got damaged. Eventually, you'll hear a snapping sound and that means that it fell. Try rolling the windows up and inspect if you hear a snap as well. If it falls down, then that's a sure sign that the window regulator is indeed broken and that you'll have to get this replaced as soon as possible.
Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if the window regulator is broken because it can be due to a faulty switch or just a blown fuse. You can always get a second opinion by going to an expert mechanic to diagnose whether or not the problem is really caused by a faulty window regulator.