In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to change the window regulator on a 9th generation Honda Civic.
What you will need
- Open the door, turn on the ignition, and move the window all the way up.
- Next, remove the key from the ignition. Pull the hood release under the dash and disconnect the negative battery terminal.
- Remove the screw that is behind the door pull. On newer models, there is a small cover that needs to be removed first or you may have to pop out the window switch first.
- Pull out the door handle. Pry out the plastic cover. Remove the Philips screw. On some models, you will have to remove the window switch first to access the panel screw. Pop-out the window switch using a flathead screwdriver or dash removal tool.
- Unplug the electrical connectors.
- Remove the plastic triangle by the side mirror. In some models, such as this 9th generation Honda Civic you do not have a plastic triangle.
- Use a trim removal tool to pry out the door panel at the lower corners. Lift up the door panel and remove it. Be careful when using a flat screwdriver for this step as it can scratch the door.
- Remove the plastic liner (weather seal) from the door frame. Be careful to not damage it as you will need to reuse it.
- Have a helper keep the window glass up as you proceed to remove the window regulator.
- Loosen two bolts that secure the glass to the window regulator. If your window is all the way up, you should see these two bolts through the access holes. If not, lower the window carefully until you see the two bolts. Reconnect the battery for a few minutes to complete this step and disconnect it again. You will see the glass secured to the window regulator with two brackets.
- Next, remove all 10mm bolts that secure Honda window regulator and motor to the door.
- Unplug the electrical connector from the window motor first by pressing on the connector tab then pulling it.
- Replace the window motor. There are three Torx screws that secure the motor to the regulator. If your Honda window regulator came with a new motor, skip this step.
- Reinstall in reverse order. Use a torque wrench to torque bolts that secure the glass to the regulator at 8 Nm.
- Operate the window several times before you close the door. Make sure it operates smoothly and that the auto-up and auto-down functions work as they should. Make sure to connect the airbag wires. Reconnect the battery and check window operation.
The documentation on this page will help you change the window regulator motor on Honda vehicles. If your Honda driver or passenger window no longer moves up and down, there is a good chance that the window regulator or the window motor is defective. These parts can be purchased online (they usually come as one) and replaced with only a few basic tools.
Here are some common problems that indicate that you may need to replace your Honda window regulator, window motor or both.
- Honda window won't go up or down
- Honda Accord window may get stuck in the down position
- Honda window glass may have come off the track
- You hear grinding noise from the door when trying to move the window
Even though the pictures and videos found here are from a 2015 Honda Civic, the instructions will help you change window motor and regulator on Honda Accord, Odyessy, CR-V, Insight, Clarity, Fit, HR-V, Passport, Ridgeline, and Pilot as they all use a similar setup.
Always Disconnect the Battery.
On some models, you may need to disconnect the side airbag. If you have to turn on the ignition or move the window up and down, make sure to reconnect the wire for the side airbag or you will trigger the airbag / SRS light.
If you do accidentally trigger the SRS light, you will need to use a scanner such as Launch Creader VII+ to reset the light.
Why won't my Honda window go up?
Can be a number of reasons such as bad window switch, bad window regulator, window motor, fuses, wiring etc.
Can I change just my Honda window motor and reuse the regulator?
Yes. As long as the window regulator is still functional. You may want to lubriate the old Honda window regulator if you plan on reusing it.
My Honda window is stuck down, is it a bad window regulator motor?
If you hear noise from the window when you try to move it up and down, the problem is often the regulator. If you near no noise at all you may have a bad window motor, blown fuse, bad relay, bad window switch.