How to replace window regulator on Honda Civic

The documentation in this page will help you change 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 are defective. These parts can be purchased online (they usually come as one) and replaced with only a few basic tools. 


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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 down position
  • Honda window glass may have come off the track
  • You hear grinding noise from the door when trying to move the window

What you will need

Parts Required

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Tools Needed


  1. Open the door turn on ignition and move window all the way up (when possible). honda window regulator motor replacement open door


  2. Next, remove the key from the ignition. Pull the hood release under the dash and disconnect the battery.disconnect the battery


  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Pop out the window switch using a flathead screwdriver or dash removal door panel removal Unplug the electrical connectors. honda remove door panel driver passenger left right​​​​​​
  6. 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. 
  7. Use a flat screwdriver to pry out the door panel at the lower corners. Lift up the door panel and remove it.remove honda door panel 
  8. Remove the plastic liner (weather seal) from the door frame. Be careful to not damage it as you will need to reuse it. honda door regulator motor


  9. 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. You will see the glass secured to the window regulator with two brackets.  You may have to temporarily reconnect the battery and the airbag wire in o order to operate the window regulator. honda window regulator exposed


  10. Next, remove all 10mm bolts that secure Honda window regulator and motor to the door. honda window motor regulator bolts


  11. Unplug the electrical connector from your Honda window motor first by pressing on the connector tab then pulling it. disconnect honda window motor


  12. 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. remove honda window motor from window regulator


  13. Reinstall in reverse order. 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. 


Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Secure the glass to the regulator using the two bolts. 
  • Use a torque wrench to torque bolts that secure the glass to the regulator. Typical torque 8 Nm. 
  • Even though the pictures and video 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.

Replacement Cost

The average replacement cost of a Honda window regulator and the motor is between $280 and $550. This is the typical cost to change Honda window regulator motor at the dealer or an auto repair shop. 

The average cost to change Honda window regular motor yourself can range between $50 and $100. New Honda window regulators come with the motor which makes the replacement a lot easier. 


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. 

By YOUCANIC on May 15, 2019


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