Does your Honda have strange noise (clicking or grinding) when moving the window up or down, the window is stuck and cannot be moved, or the window suddenly drops?
Learn how to fix the problem by replacing your Honda’s window regulator and window regulator motor.
What you will need
- Honda Window Regulator Motor
- 10mm socket
- Ratchet wrench
- Dash Trim Removal Kit
- Torx Socket Set
- 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. There is a small cover on newer models 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 must first remove the window switch 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 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 not to damage it, as you will need to reuse it.
- Have a helper keep the window glass up as you remove the regulator.
- Loosen two bolts that secure the glass to the window regulator. If your window is 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 the 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. Three Torx screws secure the motor to the regulator. If your Honda window regulator comes with a new motor, skip this step.
- Reinstall in reverse order. Use a torque wrench to torque bolts 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. Make sure to connect the airbag wires. Reconnect the battery and check the 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 motor is defective. These parts can be purchased online (they usually come as one) and replaced with only a few basic tools.
Some common problems indicate that you may need to replace your Honda window regulator, motor, or both.
- The Honda window won’t go up or down.
- The Honda Accord window may get stuck in the down position.
- Honda window glass may have come off the track.
- You hear a 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 the window motor and regulator on the 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, reconnect the wire for the side airbag, or you will trigger the airbag / SRS light.
If you accidentally trigger the SRS light, you must use a scanner such as YOUCANIC Full System Scanner to reset the light. The YOUCANIC Full System Scanner can read and clear codes through all vehicle modules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why won’t my Honda window go up?
There can be several reasons, such as a bad window switch, regulator, 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 lubricate the old Honda window regulator if you plan on reusing it.
My Honda window is stuck down. Is it a bad window regulator motor?
The problem is often the regulator if you hear noise from the window when you try to move it up and down. You may have a bad window motor, blown fuse, bad relay, and window switch if you hear no noise.
We hope you find the Honda Civic Window Regulator and Motor Replacement Guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Honda Civic.
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