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How To Replace Front Power Window Switch 04-09 Subaru Outback

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How To Replace Front Power Window Switch 04-09 Subaru Outback

Created on: 2018-05-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a damaged, worn out, faulty or shorted power window switch on 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 Subaru Outback.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Door Panel
    • Pry off the sail panel from the mirror
    • Pry out the trim door behind the door handle
    • Pry off the door pull
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door handle
    • Pry out the door panel with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel off
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Disconnect the cables from the door handle
  2. step 2 :Removing the Front Power Window Switch
    • Remove the Phillips head screws from the window switch
    • Pry up the retainers on the switch with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the switch
  3. step 3 :Installing the Front Power Window Switch
    • Press the switch into the bracket
    • Tighten the Phillips head screws to the window switch
  4. step 4 :Installing the Front Door Panel
    • Connect the cables to the door handle
    • Connect the electrical connector
    • Lift the door panel on
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the door handle
    • Tighten the two Phillips screws to the door pull
    • Press on the door pull trim
    • Press on the door handle trim
    • Press on the sail panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • 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!

In this video we will be removing and installing a front power window switch in a 2008 Subaru Outback. We'll start by opening the door. First we're going to take this little trim piece off. We'll use a flat blade tool carefully behind the panel, pull it, and then you can use your fingers and pull it back. There's three little clips. Next, we're going to take this trim piece off here with a flat blade tool. A little area you can put your screwdriver, push down, and pull it out. Hooks on the back. Next, we're going to take this trim piece off. Going to pry it down right here with a flat blade tool, being careful not to damage any of the surfaces. We're going to pull it out. This is difficult to come out. There are clips, retainers, that hold it in. We're going to start with a Phillips head screwdriver—we have three screws. One there, one here, and then one up here. Next, we're going to use a door panel trim tool. We sell these at We're going to go in behind, pop off the clips, and you just lift and pull back. On the inside, we're going to pull the inner door and latch mechanism off. You have to pull this cover up. You have to disconnect these cables. We're going to pull out and then you're going to pull up. A little ball will come up. And then remove this one. Next, we have to disconnect our connector for the window switches. You're going to push this little tab here and pull it down. And then we're going to disconnect our door light. We're going to push down on this tab and it's going to pull right out.

Let's pull the switch out. Take this Phillips head screw out and take this top one out on the right. You can leave that bottom one in for now because it's hard to get to. Take this one out. Take this Phillips head screw out. Then the switch will pull out of the door panel. And we'll take this last one out. And we're going to uncover these little retainers here, these clips that hold it down. There's two there and two there. You can pry up underneath with a flat blade screwdriver. Pry out on the front part. You can peel it away. And there's your switch.

We're going to install this back in the bracket. Line it up. Line the holes up. Make sure all the switches are lined up. Just lock it in place. And this felt tape is like an insulation. It's just going to help for to prevent rattles or noise. That's about it. It's not mandatory. It's not going to change the way the vehicle works or not or anything. The switches will still do their job. You really don't have to re-tape this or anything. Just leave it the way it is. Before we put this in, because of this screw is difficult, we'll start with that. Now, we'll line this back up in the door panel.

Now we're going to reinstall the door panel. We're going to start where we left. We're going to reattach the door light. Just push it in. We're going to reattach the connector for the window switches. Just push it in. And we're going to reattach the lever and lock mechanism with the cables. The small cable goes on the top. Take this ball, it goes in there first, like that. And then you slide it over like that. And same with this one. Ball goes in this hole and then goes through the slot like this. Goes down like that. And then we'll slide this cover down.

Next, you want to take this going from the top. Get it in up top here, there's a groove. And once that's lined up, should be able to line the pins up and just push, just like that. Phillips head screws and a Phillips head screwdriver, start screwing in the panel. And we're going to install this cover. Slide in like that. And this last cover up top. Now we're going to use our last one with these three tabs in.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

2005 - 2009  Subaru  Outback
2005 - 2009  Subaru  Legacy
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