How to Repair or Replace a Window Switch and Window Switch Bezel
The power window switches of your car might need replacement at some point in its lifetime. These switches can fail before the rest of the car does, either from wearandtear or simply getting wet or dirty. Meanwhile, the control panel bezel is the frame part of the window switch that holds its switch covers and buttons into place. If the bezel is busted, you need to replace it ASAP (since it could keep the switch from activating properly).
Difficulty Level: Easy
What You'll Need
- Window switch bezel assembly
- Window switch kit (optional)
- Flathead screwdriver
Step 1: You should buy an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) bezel and/or window switch kit that's in perfect fitment with your car, although this part is more "universal" than other car components (meaning it's likely to fit more than just one make and model). Otherwise, find an OE-standard aftermarket option that matches the product number and specs of the busted bezel.
Step 2:Take note of the part number of the switch you want to replace. From there, you can purchase a switch off of the Internet, from a dealer, or an auto parts store. You can also get the same model from a scrap yard, but it's better to be safe than sorry and order online.
Step 3:Insert your flathead screwdriver under the switch bezel (the ring with grooves holding the cover of an instrument into the right position) to pry it loose. Push down on the locking tab in order to pull the plug loose afterwards.
Step 4:Search for the tabs that locks the switch into the correct placement. Press your screwdriver against those tabs in order to take the bezel out of the window switch as well. Replace the bezel with a new bezel, reinstall everything in reverse order, and then see if it solves your busted switch problem. If not, go to the next step.
Step 5:Clean up the old switch to see if this will fix your switch issues. Mark with a piece of tape the front part of the switch. Disassemble the rockers from the switch, blow into it with canned air, then plug everything back to see if that's enough to make the switch work.
Step 6:If the switch still doesn't work after cleanup and/or bezel replacement, then it's time to unplug the switch and get a new switch. Attach rockers to your new switch, snap it into your new bezel as well, then push the locking tab into place.
Step 7:Insert your switch assembly into your new bezel, plug the whole thing into the outlet of your door, push the switch and bezel into place, then test the rockers out to see if your new switch is working perfectly. Make sure that the switch is firmly into place or else its switches won't "bite" and activate properly.
When replacing your window switch bezel, keep in mind there's a chance that it's not only the bezel that's damaged.If you're having switch troubles after bezel replacement, clean the switch up first and see if that works.Only if cleanup fails to fix the problem should you consider replacing your window switch altogether so that it doesn't end up an unnecessary expense.