How to Repair a Power Window on a 2004 Honda Civic

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Issues that occur with your Civic's power windows can be caused by simple wear and tear from use and age, or by a short in the wiring. It is important to make sure that you locate the source of the problem before attempting to make the repair, or you run the risk of causing further damage or repairing the wrong part. This repair project is challenging and requires you to set aside a few hours of your time to ensure that you make the repair properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers
  • Clean sheet or towel
  • Fuses
  • Driver's manual
  • Stick the starter key into the Civic's ignition. Turn the key to the "On" position. Press down on the automatic window button and listen carefully. Listen for some type of buzzing or other type of noise. In the absence of noise, look under the dashboard and locate the vehicle's fusebox. Remove the window fuse and replace it. Try the window button again.

  • Turn the engine off. Remove the armrest cover from the door panel. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the paneling under the vehicle's window. Pull the plastic setting out and put it to the side.

  • Disconnect the coiled wire that connects the window to the metal window regulator. Remove it from the vehicle. Place a new wire in the door panel and connect it to the regulator and the window.

  • Turn the car back on. Press the window button to check for movement. If the window is still not responding, disconnect the regulator and replace it with a new one.

  • Replace the plastic setting. Reinstall the door panel and secure it in place using the screws you removed earlier. Replace the armrest cover by snapping it in place.

References

  • "Haynes Manuals - Honda Civic (2001 - 2004) and CR-V (2002 -2004) Repair Manual"; John Haynes; 2005
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