It always feels good when you have full control over your car. That's why automobile manufacturers have created a lot of control mechanisms for your car. You can control the engine with the ignition switch, and you can control your vehicle's speed with the various types of transmission shift levers. Aside from these basic controls, there are other various controls laid out on your car's dashboard or on its doors that lets you control a lot of other things. For the proper positioning of your car windows, the control component happens to be the window regulators.
There are two basic kinds of window regulators: manual window regulators and power window regulators. Both types does basically the same thing, that is to lift up and down your car windows to whatever position you want it to be in. But while they do the same basic things, the process of doing such thing differs for the two types. For a manual window regulator, you have to exert an effort to lower or raise the window, while for a power window regulator, this process is dealt with electronically and can be done with just a click of a switch or a button.
A typical window regulator is composed of several components that include a worm gear and a combination of spur gears, a mechanical plate, and a linkage. The linkage supports the window while the mechanical plate is responsible for moving the window up and down. The precise movement of the mechanical plate is controlled by the worm gear-spur gears combination. For the manual window regulator, a crank that is manually controlled by person using a crank handle controls the worm gear. For the power window regulator, on the other hand, an electronic motor connected to a particular electronic module on the car controls the worm gear.
Toyota has always been known to incorporate the latest technologies in their cars. That's why for their current and upcoming vehicle models, we expect that all are and will be equipped with power window regulators. Most of these new Toyota power window regulators comes attached with various functions and are controlled through various ways, like a remote system or integrated with the door locks as opposed to the common power window regulator switch on the car doors.
But not all Toyota cars are equipped with power window regulators, and old Toyota cars are sure to be equipped only with manual Toyota window regulators. And while finding replacements for your Toyota power window regulator may be quite easy, finding repair parts for these old regulators would be a bit harder. You can't easily find a Toyota manual window regulator from any Toyota dealerships, but you'll surely find these kinds of stuffs from aftermarket parts dealers. Aftermarket parts vendors usually have stocks of both Toyota manual window regulators and Toyota power window regulators.
Quick Steps to Replace Your Automatic Toyota Window Regulator
People these days love the comfort brought by owning a car. However, such opportunity comes with maintenance and repairs that car owners should be well aware of. Skipping regular service maintenance appointment as well as carelessness in handling car parts and accessories can result in untimely damage and strain on your pocket. The Toyota window regulator, for one, can wear out over time due to improper use or accident. This part is oftentimes overlooked basically because it looks small from the outside, but this component actually performs a very important role. After all, this mechanism controls the up and down movement of the windows. Hence, this step-by-step guide contains information to help you replace a defective regulator.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Philips screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
- Socket set wrench or ratchet set wrench
- Hex head wrench set
- Electrical tape
- Wire caps
- Wire cutters
- New Toyota window regulator
As soon as you have detected that the main problem is the Toyota window regulator, take a trip to the nearest car parts store and shop for a replacement part. Then, gather the tools you will need such as the screwdrivers, set wrenches, wire caps, wire cutters, and electrical tape. This job would take a minimum of an hour up to three hours or so, depending on how capable you are in tracing the connections of the window regulator. It is essential to have an assistant while taking on this task.
Take off the door panel cover
With the right type of screwdriver, unbolt the screws and take off the panel from the door, making sure not to break any of the clips. Prying away the panel by carefully unbolting the screws with the flathead screwdriver will reveal the power window mechanism, which includes wirings. Detach all wirings through the harness plug or by cutting off the wires and set them aside for installation later.
Take out the door handle and rods
Gently remove the door handle and the rods that interconnect the window assembly. Depending on the model of your Toyota vehicle, you may have to remove these first before you can actually pry away the entire door panel. Secure the nuts, bolts, and clips in a container.
Brace the window glass prior to the main job
The glass needs to be securely handled to make sure it doesn't fall off and break. Lower the window glass and use a block of wood to securely prop it against the door frame. Once you get good access to the defective window regulator, take out the four bolts at the top and bottom part. Again, be sure to set them safely aside. Work your way on to unplugging or cutting away the wirings connected to the faulty Toyota window regulator.
Installing the brand new Toyota window regulator
Work on assembling the new window regulator and ensuring to re-attach all the nuts or bolts you removed earlier. It is advisable to lubricate the replacement part's slide area to ensure it will not be prone to stocking up. Then, plug in the wiring harness or use wire caps or electrical tape to secure all wires that connect to the newly installed part. With assistance, put back the window glass, the door panel cover, the handle rods, and the door handle. Finally, it is time you test the window if it operates smoothly.