Every part of a Honda vehicle is designed with great precision to give you the finest safety and convenience in driving and riding the vehicle. The exterior parts are among the first your eyes would set upon and entice you to drive it. Among of the exterior parts you would truly love from Honda are the power windows. They elegantly slide down and up, giving you a glimpse of Honda's impressive interior. Each window symbolizes the high level of comfort every Honda car is able to give.
What moves your power windows are window regulators; thus, a problem on your window regulator would make your power windows futile. Busted power windows are not only irritating, but they can make your ride so uncomfortable, especially during very hot or cold seasons. Your ac heat system won't work efficiently to provide you with a relaxing and worry-free ride.
If you have a faulty Honda window regulator, replace it right away to bring back your Honda's excellent comfort features. Also, for safety reasons, your windows must be in good working condition. If you have faulty window regulators and your windows are left open, you cannot just leave your Honda car in the middle of a parking lot. Someone might break into your vehicle and get your belongings. It's better to be safe than sorry so make sure your windows are tightly closed before you leave your vehicle.
The mechanics of a Honda window regulator is just the same with other car's window regulators. A typical window regulator has an electric motor, worm gear, spur gears, mechanical plate and linkage. The window glass goes upwards and downwards or sidewards as the Honda window regulator converts the rotary motion of the gears into linear or vertical motion of the mechanical plate that moves the glass. The gears lock each other as they spin and that is why you cannot forcibly open your Honda power windows.
How to Fix a Honda Window Regulator
With a power window regulator, you no longer have to use a hand crank just to roll the windows of your Honda up and down. All it takes is just a push of a button for your power window to slide up if you want to get a taste of the fresh air outside or to go down if you want to keep the cabin comfy with cooled or heated air or don't want strong winds, rain, or snow to get inside. If that push of a button didn't work, chances are, your Honda window power regulator is busted. We can help you figure it out. Here are the steps for troubleshooting the problem as well as replacing the component easily:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- New power window regulator
- Open-end wrench
- Screwdriver (small slotted)
- Socket wrench set
- Nut driver
- Masking tape
- Digital voltage meter
Note: You can also use an upholstery removal tool to easily access the door panel for window regulator replacement.
Step 1: Inspect the old motor and window regulator to be sure that these are causing the power window problem or malfunction. Get access to the regulator by removing the front channel and the mounting bolts. With a digital voltage meter, test the regulator before you disengage it. If the reading is less than 12, the problem is on the wiring and switches, which means you have to check the fuses and switches. If the reading is 12, this means that the wiring and switches are receiving power from the motor. You have to remove the old regulator and replace it.
Step 2:Pry off the plastic access panels on the interior door panel using a small slotted screwdriver. After this, you can now remove the electric window switch plate from the door panel with the screwdriver. To get the window switch plate out of the way, you have to unplug the electrical connector. This is at the back of the electric window switch. Use a nut driver to undo the bolts that hold the interior door panel to the frame. Find all the screws that connect the panel to the frame and remove them with a screwdriver. You also have to disconnect the wiring connectors at the back of the door panel so that you can set the panel off the frame.
Note: To prevent electric shock as you inspect and replace the old power window regulator, you have to disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable using an open-end wrench.
Step 3: Look for the power window regulator as you pull the plastic liner back. You have to slide the glass window carefully using your hand. To keep the glass in place as you replace the window regulator, put some masking tape around the top of the window frame and on both sides. Next, you have to disengage the electrical connector on the motor. Use a socket wrench to unfasten the bolts that hold the regulator and motor to the door frame. After this, you can disconnect the motor from the regulator and remove the regulator.
Note: As you remove the regulator, you have to be careful with the gear spring as this can snap. For your safety, wear protective gloves.
Step 4:Install the new Honda window regulator. Connect it to the motor and attach the assembly to the door frame using the bolts to keep it in place. Re-attach the liner back over the frame and then connect the wiring connectors to the back of the door panel. Set the panel onto the door frame and fasten it with bolts and screws. You have to re-attach the electrical connector to the back of the window switch. After this, you have to snap the switch back in place. Finally, put back the access panels to the door panel and fasten it by hand.
Note: Once you're done putting things back in place, connect the negative battery cable to the battery post.
Step 5:Test the power windows to see if they're running smoothly now that you have replaced the old Honda window regulator.