Your daily driving is made easy and convenient by the small buttons and switches scattered all around your vehicle. With the simple push of a button, you can easily lock the doors, turn the headlights on, clean the windshield, and a whole lot more. In fact, you can even open and close the windows in the comforts of your own seat. And if you're the driver, you even have full control over all the windows of the vehicle, all thanks the window switch. If your vehicle is currently plagued by a faulty switch, you'd better replace it right away to avoid having any more hassles on the road. To help you with your problem, here are some things that you need to know about replacing window switches.
Aftermarket switches are generally made of plastic and they usually come in black, making them easy to match with any vehicle make and model. However, if you want something that's out of the ordinary to help spruce up the appearance of your interiors, there are also other options available in the market like chrome, gray, brown, or even combination color options.
You'll be glad to know that getting a replacement window switch from a trusted brand will only cost you $50 or even less.
How to Diagnose Your Window Switch
Faulty switches can be caused by several factors. Here are a few things that you might want to inspect to find out the true cause of your switch problem.
1. Fuse panel
Access the fuse panel that's usually located between the dashboard and the door of the driver's side of the vehicle. Then, check and see if there's any blown fuse that needs to be replaced.
2. Wiring harness
Aside from the fuse, you can also check the wiring harness that connects the fuses, switches, and the window regulator motor. If the connections are perfectly fine, check if you have a damaged wiring harness. You can also check if you have short wires by looking at the pinch areas.
3. Power window motor
Testing the window motor is a bit complicated because you need to take out your door panels and other components before you can access it. This component is typically located at the lower right section of the door.
4. Window regulator
If everything in your vehicle's electrical system is working fine, you might want to check the regulator for rust buildup.
How to Repair a Faulty Window Switch
If the switch of your car windows is beyond repair, here's a general guide that you can follow for the replacement process.
Step 1: Begin by removing the old switch that's installed on the door of your vehicle. Use a flathead screwdriver and carefully pry it out.
Step 2: As soon as you've taken it out, the bezel becomes loose and you will be able to separate the switch from it.
Step 3: After taking the switch out, disconnect it from the wire harness and remember its position.
Step 4: Install the new window switch and connect it to the wiring harness. Lastly, reinstall the bezel holder and wait for the tab to snap.