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How to Replace Front Power Window Regulator 06-11 Honda Civic

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How to Replace Front Power Window Regulator 06-11 Honda Civic

Created on: 2017-11-21

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a slow, stuck, cracked or damaged window regulator on 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, Honda, Civic

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the switch wiring harnesses
    • Remove the Phillips screw behind the switch panel opening
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Open the push clip with a flat bladed screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Release the door lock cables with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the plugs from the water shield
    • Disconnect the door lock actuator wiring harness
    • Carefully remove the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Window Regulator
    • Loosen the two 10mm bolts that hold the window to the regulator
    • Raise the window by hand
    • Hold the window in place with painter's tape
    • Disconnect the window motor
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts from the regulator
  3. step 3 :Reinstalling the Regulator
    • Insert one of the bolts into the window regulator
    • Push the regulator into the door
    • Hang the regulator by its bolt
    • Insert the10mm bolts into the regulator
    • Connect the window motor
    • Remove the painter's tape from the window
    • Lower the window onto the regulator
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts that hold the window to the regulator
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Insert the water barrier into place
    • Press the clips in
    • Connect the door lock actuator
    • Feed the switches into the door panel
    • Connect the door latch cable and close the clip
    • Connect the door lock cable and close the clip
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the Phillips screw behind the door handle
    • Slide the hook in
    • Press on the trim piece behind the door handle
    • Tighten the screw behind the switch panel opening
    • Connect the switch panel wiring harnesses
    • Press the switch panel into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper


  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

To remove this master window switch, there is a tab that is fitting under the door panel on this side, and there's a clip on this side, so it needs to be lifted up this way first, and then lift it out. I'm going to use this plastic prying tool—you can get these from—just kind of work it underneath the edge of the switch. If you need to, you can go on this side, the outside here. I'm just going to pop it up, and then it's going to lift out backwards. This hook here has to come off. Push in the locks, and pull this connector out. And another lock on this side, undo this connector. Take that out.

Then go in behind the door handle, use a plastic trim tool to pop this lock off. Might have to do it with that. Pop that plastic piece out, and put that aside. There's a small push clip. You can use a small flat bladed screwdriver to kind of open it up. Tricky to get in here. So, popped it out, now I can pull the clip out. It should be unlocked, and when I pull the door panel off, it should pop that out.

Remove the Phillips head screw. There's just push clips that are around the edge of the door holding it to the door panel now, so I'm going to hold onto the door and just give it a firm pull. Reach my hand underneath. The top of this door panel kind of clamps around the door panel, so I lift it up and off. Now that clip popped out because it was unlocked. So, we've got the door lock, the cables, going to pop this out and then pop that up. And then, there's another one here. I'm going to pop that off of there and this will pull out.

Take the small flat bladed screwdriver, and pop this lock up. I just had to pry this tab out from underneath this metal here, and that's what unlocked it. I need to remove this clip here and push that off. We'll pull that straight up, and pull the door panel out of the car.

We'll take off this water vapor barrier. You're going to pop these plugs out. You can use a plastic trim tool. You can get these from Just, kind of, pop it out gently. Make sure you don't lose them if you drop them.

Unplug the door lock actuator. There's a little lock on the top. Just push it in and pull it right out. Now, get this rubber plug out of here. Just push that out. So now we're ready to take this vapor barrier off. It's got this butyl tape that's on the back side of it. It's very, very sticky. Just, kind of, carefully peel it off. You'll probably want to wear gloves, because it'll get all over your hands.

You're, also at the same time, going to guide out this harness, as I pull this off. If this stuff is really sticky, you can take a razor blade, and, as you're peeling it, just sort of slice the butyl tape part. Try to be careful with the vapor barrier, because it's kind of fragile and can stretch and rip. You want to be able to reuse it. Then guide the harness out of here. Just keep going. It also helps when you do this, if it's a warm day, this butyl tape is a lot easier to work with. Guide this one out.

I want to put this somewhere where it's not going to lay sticky side down and just where it won't get damaged so you can reuse it. Now we have to raise the window so that we can see the bolts that are holding it in, because the window needs to be removed. Take our master window switch, plug it back in. Going to take our key and just turn the ignition on. Put the window up. That's one bolt, and there should be one over there. I can't quite see it yet. That should do the trick.

All right, I'm going to shut the key off and unplug this so it's not hanging in the way. Remove the 10 millimeter bolts that are holding the glass in place. Put these bolts aside. I want to take note of where the adjustment was. These holes are slotted. Both bolts are towards the front. I'm just going to remember that so when I put this back together, I’ll line them up the same way. If not, they can be adjusted. This glass should come off, should lift up, and make sure you hold onto it. We're going to tilt it and pull it out of the tracks. Then carefully remove it from the door and put it aside somewhere safe so it doesn't get broken.

Unplug the motor. There's a lock that's on the backside. Going to push it in, pull it off. Harness is clipped to it. Use a trim clip tool to pop this harness out of the window regulator. There are one, two, three, four 10 millimeter bolts. Start by removing this one here. Remove this one here. These are in slotted holes. I'm just going to loosen these but not fully remove them. Same for this one. Now what I can do is I can pull this this way, and slide that one that way, and slide it right out. We'll just turn it and maneuver this out of the door panel.

Reinstall the window regulator. I left these bolts here and here because there's slotted holes on the door panel. I'm going to slide this in. The motor goes towards the front of the car. I'll lift this up, hang it, and slide it in. It'll actually sit right there like that. Snug up these bolts. Install the other two bolts. I'm going to snug these bolts down ‘til I feel them get tight, then stop. Plug our electrical connector back in.

Reinstall the harness. I'm going to carefully take our window glass, get it into the door panel, reach in, support it so it doesn't fall, and make sure that it's in the channels. Then slide it down, and it's going to sit right there. I'm going to get it lined up roughly where it was before.

Reinstall the bolts. The torque on these bolts is 7.2 foot-pounds. It's really light torque, so it's really just like hand tight. I'm just going to go right there until it gets snug. Then I'm going to stop, using small tools so you don't have too much leverage, and just go like that, and you're good. Now there are, these holes are slotted for adjustment. I did put it back where I found them. Before we button this all up, I'm going to run the window up and down, make sure it does up and down smoothly, and adjust as necessary. Plug the master switch back in.

Turn the ignition on. Go up and down. The auto works, and the auto down works. I'm just going to leave it in the up position. If that didn't go up and down smoothly, if it was tilting to one side, you can adjust the side to side seating of the window, but since I basically just matched the way it was when it came out, it worked just fine.

Place our vapor barrier. It's got some openings in it for the different cables. Let's do this first. Get the control cables in for the door lock and the door handle. There's another opening here for the door lock actuator. Get that set up. Feed the harness through for the master window switch and mirror control. Once those are in place, just kind of line it up with where it was originally. This stuff is so sticky. Kind of put it back into place. Just go right around the edge. Replace any rubber plugs you took out, also holds in the vapor barrier. Put this little one back in place. Don't forget to plug in your door lock actuator.

To reinstall our door panel, we'll feed the master window switch up into the opening in the door panel. You're going to get close to the door. You need to reinstall the door lock and the door pull handle. This one with the threads, or the things that look like threads on it, sits in this opening here. You're going to get it pushed into place, and put this lock over. Get that into position. Also, helps to have the window open, as you can see, so you can kind of look through.

Grab our other cable and do the same thing. Push it into the opening, push the lock over, snap that in place and then push this lock up there. Now, I'm going to hang on the edge of the door panel. We'll get that set up first, just like that. Make sure our harness is out here, and we can just push it into place on the clips. Go around the door panel and push it in.

This Phillips head screw with the shoulder goes to the top. There's also a push clip that goes in here. Push that in place. Push the center part in to lock it. Place the trim cap, slide the little hook front part in. That's installed. Then, install this screw.

To install this, plug the large connector back in place. It'll click when it's locked in. Plug this small white connector into here. It'll also click. There's a tab that's going to fit into the door panel on this side first, then a clip that's going to clip down into the door panel. Start by fitting it this way, and then pushing it down into the door panel.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper
  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

2006 - 2011  Honda  Civic
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