Choosing the Right Power Window Kit
Having to turn your window crank whenever you want to roll your windows up and down can be a pain for most drivers. It is tiring, at times dangerous, and more often than not, inconvenient-imagine having to take your hand off the shift knob, then reaching for the turn-crank simply because you want to take in a cool breeze. Fortunately, you can upgrade from manual to power windows to have the convenience of opening and closing your window with the press of a button.
Features to look for
Some features to consider when buying a new power window kit are:
- Motors and regulators with a lifetime warranty
- Templates for easy wiring setup
- A full wiring harness, which is not included in some kits
Changing to a power window setup is not an easy task, as you have to drill holes and run wires along your car's interior. Choose one that has very straightforward instructions on how to properly set up the kit. The manual that comes with it should also be able to give you templates and instructions on how to run the wirings when installing the new system. Make sure that this will not interfere with your car's current wiring setup. Buy a kit that you can easily install by yourself, or if you're planning to hire a mechanic to do so, choose a kit that will not require you to buy extra parts. For instance, a wiring harness is not provided by some aftermarket power window kit providers.
Aesthetic aspects to consider
You might also want to think about the color and appearance of the power window switches before buying a kit. Do they match the color theme of your car's interior? Do they fit in with the car's general look? Do they blend in nicely with the handles, where they are usually seated? Aesthetic aspects like these are not that important to car owners who are primarily after function, but if you are very particular about your car's interior, these are things you should consider.
Final note: Even though power window kits may be universal for a particular car model, the placement of the switches may have to be customized. Ask the aftermarket manufacturer for suggestions on how and where the switches should be mounted in your car. Additionally, ask the provider if there is a special wiring scheme that needs to be followed when installing these customized switches.
How to Install a New Power Window Kit
You can upgrade your
manual windows to power windows to get the convenience of opening and
closing your windows with one button. In this tutorial, we will show
you how to install your new power window system. Note that you should
buy a kit that is specifically designed to work in your particular
Difficulty level: Difficult
that you'll need:
- Electric drill
- Car door
Step 1: Locate the ring locking
the window crank, and push it forward to remove it. Loosen the
control knob. Detach the armrest cover from the door panel using a
screwdriver. Remove any hardware you see, and lift the door panel off
Step 2: Carefully peel off the
plastic covering located underneath the door panel. Hold the glass up
by using a rubber stopper. Pry the mechanical regulator off from the
window by removing the bolts or screws holding it in
Step 3: Attach the new electric
regulator, along with the motor, to the door using mounting bolts
that came with your new kit. Carefully attach the bottom of the glass
onto the glass clamps. Attach the motor wires to the motor, and
repeat steps 1-3 for the other door.
Detach the blank plate from the center console, pull out the
connector block and the wiring harness. Plug the rear window switch
into the harness, and run the wires and harness behind the center
Step 5: Plug the relay module for the
rear windows into the harness by passing it through the space inside
the knee bolster, which is located under the dashboard. Tape or strap
the module to a bracket to secure it in place.
Plug the wires from the harness into the connector plug of
the power window kit. Plug the connect block into the plastic block
above the kick panel. Position the wires according to the wiring
diagram that came with the kit. Free the rubber boot in the door jamb
from the plastic block, and pass the wiring harness through the
space. Plug the connector back into the block and secure it. Attach
the ground wires to the ground bus block.
Refer to the wiring diagram again and solder the required
connections to the fuse box.
Step 8: Remove
the panels and plastic cover on the pillars between the front and
rear doors. Carefully drill a hole on the plastic wiring block and
pass the wire harness through the drilled hole, through the rubber
wiring boot and into the rear door. Finally, pull all the wires
through the holes along the door handles, plug the wires into the
power window kit, and reinstall the rear door panels.