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How to Replace Front Window Regulator 07-12 Nissan Altima

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How to Replace Front Window Regulator 07-12 Nissan Altima

Created on: 2021-01-16

Learn how to remove the door panel and replace a damaged or bad window regulator with the help of the 1A mechanics in this video.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Remove the trim door behind the door handle with a pick
    • Remove the Phillips head screw from the door handle
    • Pry up the arm rest with a trim tool
    • Remove the bolts from the door panel with a Phillips head screwdriver or 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Pry out the door panel clips from the door panel with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Pry out the courtesy light cover with a pick and disconnect the wiring harness
    • Remove the interior door cables from the door handle
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the master switch control
  2. step 2 :Removing the Window Regulator
    • Remove the fourteen 10mm bolts from the protective plate
    • Remove the protective plate with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the window motor lead
    • 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
    • Remove the regulator, motor, and mounting metal plate assembly
    • Remove the three 8mm bolts from the regulator
    • Remove the window regulator
  3. step 3 :Installing the Window Regulator
    • Attach the window regulator to the motor shaft
    • Tighten the three 8mm bolts to the window regulator
    • Install the regulator, motor, and mounting plate assembly
    • 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
    • Connect the window motor lead
    • Insert the metal protective plate to the door
    • Tighten the fourteen 10mm bolts to the plate
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the master switch control panel
    • Connect the wiring harness to the courtesy light
    • Connect the two interior door cables to the interior door handle
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Tighten the two Phillips screws to the door panel
    • Press on the arm rest
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the door handle
    • Press on the interior door handle trim

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hey, friends. It's Len down at 1A Auto. Today I'm going to be doing a fairly simple job. We're going to be replacing a window regulator on a 2010 Nissan Altima. It's going to be fairly simple. I want to be the guy that shows you how to do it. If you need this or any other part, you can always come down to 1A Auto and check us out. Thanks.

Here we go. We're going to get inside this door panel, so we can see what's going on in there. First thing I like to do is I like to get behind here. This is where the handle is. This is a little cover right here. It should just pop right up. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take a small screwdriver and see if I can pry it up, pop it out. Okay. Behind here you'll notice there's a Phillips head screw. I'm going to turn that to the left, remove that. Then I'm going to come over here. I'm going to try to remove this little cover or armrest, I should say. I'm going to use something plastic, try to pry. I'm not trying to use something metal because I don't want to chisel up the rest of our door.

Here we go. Phillips head right here. Here we are, that's what it looks like. We can set that aside, so we won't lose it. Take a look. There's nothing else back there that could hold this door panel on, so we'll move along. We're going to take this off now. I'm going to use something like this, okay. Come right here. See if I can pry it up. Okay, it's pretty tight. I'm going nice and slow because there are clips under here that I don't want to break. If something breaks, you break it, you bought it, right?

I'm just going to go along. Once I get all this up I'll show you where all the clips are, so you can see why I'm trying to take it slow. Let's see if I can grab it. There we are. It feels like maybe one more. There we are. You can see we have all these slots right here. We've got all these clips. These clips are what was holding it in. This one was the main one, and that one goes in here. That's why I was trying to start there first to get this undone. I can lift up, go along the line and unclip all these. All right, we'll set this aside.

Now we're going to take a look. We want to see what could be holding this plastic door panel onto the inner part of the door. It looks like we might have a screw here, screw there. It looks like a Phillips head or a 10-millimeter, depending on what you have access to. Since we already used a Phillips head, we're going to go with the assumption you have access to a Phillips head. I'm going to turn that to the left. This is a ratcheting screwdriver, it's wonderful. Electric screwdriver would be even nicer. I'm just going to pull this out. There we are. Grab that second one. There we are, same size as the other one. We don't have to worry about mixing those up, but they are quite a bit longer than this one.

Now what I like to try to, let me see if I can pull up on this. If it doesn't feel like it wants to come up, we could even just try to take the door panel off first and try to take a peek behind there. There's going to be wiring, obviously. These are switches, so they must have electrical current going to them or from them. Something to pay attention to as well is there is a light down here, which also means that it has electrical current getting to it. There's going to be wiring here, there's going to be wiring here. When we pull off this door panel, it's going to come off on the bottom this way and then up along the top there's a little ridge that it sits down onto. When you get to the top we're going to come popping, popping, pulling out, and then it's going to come out and up this way to come off.

I'm going to grab my little tool again. You can use one that's a little thicker, one that's a little thinner, whatever you want to use. I prefer to use plastic on this rather than metal just so I don't mess up my door panel too much. This one might not be in the best condition, but we'll just try to do it right. I'm going to try to come in. I'm going to try to pry away. All I'm trying to do is get in between the door and the panel and turn my head around just so I can get my head down in here a little bit better. Okay.

I can look down through here. I can see there's a clip. Here we are, there's one removed. I'm going to bring it down along here. There we are, another one. Another one is right here, there we are. I'm just pretty much following the door panel around the door. This tells me where all the little clips are. I'm going to come up this side. It feels like there should be one right about here somewhere. There we are. I'm bringing it up. Okay. There we go. Pull this away. Now we can see our wiring and our cables. We want to make sure we disconnect all this stuff. We want to try to avoid any tugs on wiring. If you pull out any wires from any switches or harnesses, we're going to have bigger issues. I can show you how to fix it all, but let's not do that today. Let's just get the part done that we're trying to do.

I'm going to try to take a look under here. See if I can take this off real quick just using my small screwdriver. Okay, I've got a little electrical connector here. See about pushing that in, lifting it up and out. We're going to come in from behind here, try to take a look at what we're dealing with. We've got two cables. If you wanted to, you could mark them to try to remember which one's which, or you can just remember the top that comes out the top right here comes to the top up here. Okay, that's pretty easy to remember. We'll just go with that. You could something like a crayon. That just pops right out of there. There's a little lip right here or a little you can call it what you want. Think of what you want to call it, call it that.

That slides into this whole right here. If we were installing it, we would slide the little tip into that, hopefully. It's lubricated, so it's hard to hold onto. Basically, it slides right in there and then slides like that, and it looks it in. Then if you wanted to lock it back in, okay. We're going to be installing it again later any way, so here we go. I'm going to pull this one out as well, trying to be careful not to break the latch. There we are, this one is a little bigger. No real nub, just a big old circle.

Now we've got the door panel. We're going to try keep pulling it away, but not putting too much tug pressure on this. If you need more slack, you can go ahead and pull these little pins out of the door and try to give yourself more slack. I'm just going to try to deal with the way that it is. This one right here is a little pushpin. I'm going to try to push that in, pull this out. Always check your electrical connectors. I'm going to skip saying it on every one, but I'm going to say it for this one. Check all your electrical connectors as you pull them off. Make sure there's no funny colors, green, blue, red, rust, anything like that. If there is, you're going to need to do something about it.

Let's see. I'm going to try to find the prong on this one. It feels like it's probably on the backside. Here it is right there. All I did was come around from the backside with my finger, squeeze on it, pull down. Okay. You can't really see that because it's in here, but it's very simple. You just grab it with your index, pop it out. This one, I'm going to take a look at it. How does it go in? Don't mind me hitting my head. I'm going to try to push, see if I can see it. There we go. Can you see it better now? I can see it better now. Here's our little push. We're going to try to push that in and pull out our electrical connector. We can use our small screwdriver, if we want. Pull that out, take a peek. It looks good.

Now we're inside. We've got a clear view of everything that's going on in here. We've got out little cables. These can move out of the way. This panel right here is going to have to come off, so we can get behind there. Before we go ahead and take this panel off and unscrew all 14 of these bolts, we're going to make sure we get the electrical connector out of the way. We don't want to put any tugs on this, right? First, I'm going to start at the window motor. This right here is the motor. There's a little electrical connector with a little push button in the middle. Let me see if I can push in on it and pull down. Take a peek. Yeah, looks good.

I'm going to take our little hooky do, so I can pop this out. There we are. I'm just going to come around. I'm going to do the same thing to all of these, or at least my plan is to. I'm going to try another one. This one is a little stronger. There we are. Anytime you're doing stuff like this with these little pushpin connectors you're always taking a risk of them breaking. If they break, you can go ahead and try to replace them, if you want. There we are. This one. Looks like we've got one more over here. Just get this off just like that. Perfect. Move that right out of the way. Now with this hanging down we want to be careful if we end up shutting the door for any reason. You don't want to crush these. These are just plastic, these are just wires. You don't want any crimps or bends, or cuts. If you wanted to, you could just put it up and out of the way. I'm not going to be shutting the door, so I'll just leave it.

Next, I'm going to take my 10-millimeter right here, little 10-millimeter socket. I'm going to start removing all these bolts that hold the plate on. I believe there's 14 of them, so I'm going to turn them to the left. Pull it out. I'll show you what it looks like. There we are. Now I'm going to keep on doing all the rest of these, and then we'll get this plate out of the way. All right, so I got the majority of them out. I left one, a few screws in or a few threads in. This right here is sealed in. It's got some kind of RTV-like goo, basically just holds it on. You're going to go back to using this again. We're just going to see if we can pry in between. Pick any spot you want. Basically, I'm going to try to pry the plate away from the door panel without bending the plate too much. There we are, okay. All right. I'm going to go ahead and remove this last screw. I'm holding up the plate with my hand, so hopefully it won't fall down and hurt my foot. Okay, now we can see inside there.

Now we've got it all apart. We've got all of our bolts out. I just wanted to make a quick note, let you know that there's 10 of these bolts. These hold the plate to the door panel. There's four of these that have a larger washer on them, and one of those four have an even larger washer. What these do is these hold the window regulator plates to the large plate. They come through this side, and they screw into here. There's four holes, and there's four of these. This one goes in this bottom corner, but I'll show you where it goes when I'm installing. I just wanted to show you that real quick.

Now we got the panel hanging down nice and low, it's just hanging out here. We want to analyze our situation. We're going to be replacing the window regulator, which is these beams right here. There's a cable. There's a cable that comes down to the bottom. Those are all going to be replaced, but what we need to do is we need to get the window dismounted from the regulator. We've got a 10-millimeter here and a 10-millimeter there. If you had the window all the way up, this bolt right here would be behind here. If you had the window all the way down, it would be someplace down there, I don't know, right about here, probably. What you're going to need to do is you're going to need to get it up to about this point.

Next, what we're going to do is we're going to take these bolts. I'm going to try to just loosen them up first and see if that gives us enough room to be able to pull this window up. Once we get it up, we're going to hold it up, and we're going to use something, something like this. This is just masking tape, painter's tape, call it what you want. You can use duct tape if you want, but that sticks a little bitt too good, and you're going to make a sticky mess. Just go with something like this, masking tape. We're going to assume that we have the window all the way up. We've already taken these bolts, we loosened them up. We're taking them out, whatever we had to do at that point. The window is up. We're going to hold it. We're going to take some tape. We're going to go up the window, up and over across, and then down the window. We're going to do that two to three times going down, and that should hold the window in the upward position, so we can get to work down here.

I'm going to go ahead and take out these two 10-millimeters. First, I'm going to loosen them like I said because I want to see if they need to be taken all the way out or just loose. Here we are. Over to the second one. Let's see what happens. It still feels like it's attached pretty well. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to go ahead and take out those two bolts completely. There's one. I'm going to go with the assumption these bolts should be the same. Okay. Something that I'm noticing is that this is pulling away from the window. We do not want this window to drop down. This is glass, so we're going to have to be careful.

I'm going to have my tape ready. I can grab it nice and easy, put it someplace where I can reach it. I'm going to go ahead and hold the window. I'll even come under here. This will be easier for me because I can just hold everything. Hold on, my tape rolled away. There we are. I guess I'm just going to be a fool and try again. Maybe I'll put it here. How's that? There we go. Any way, back to where we are. I'm holding up the window with one hand in case these come free because basically all that's holding them up are these two bolts and that little prong and this little prong inside the hooks. With these being able to move around, we don't want that glass to be able to fall down. Wear your safety glasses just in case. If the glass does happen to fall and shatter, we want to make sure that we're as safe as possible. We can replace the glass, but I don't know about replacing our eyeballs.

Just try to wiggle it around, see if I can't get this bolt out of here. The reason why this is pulling away is because I have the weight of this plate on here just so you know. You can hold it up, if it makes it easier for you. There's our second bolt, move that out of the way. There we go, plate is down. Okay. I'm going to take our glass. I'm going to try to bring it up. Here we are. It doesn't necessarily need to be all the way up, it just needs to be up. We're going to take our tape and come halfway down the window. I'm just going to try to get it to stick on there. This tape isn't super expensive. It's a lot cheaper than a window, so the more the merrier, we'll say, right, but you do need to make sure that it's sticking on there.

Bring it down as far as you want to bring it like that. Some people will say two is enough. Some people will say three is enough, four, five, six, seven, eight. It's your window, your prerogative. You do you, Boo Boo. To me, three is enough. We can give it a little tug. That feels pretty good, it's not going to fall down. If this did fall down, slam into there, it's glass. We're going to have an issue. Let's try to avoid issues. Here we are. Now we've got this right here. Here's our window regulator. There's the three mounting screws. This holds our regulator to the motor in the back. Let's bring this over to our working table, and we'll go ahead and remove those.

Okay, so here we go. We've got our panel out. We've got our window regulator. These are the little three mounting screws. We'll go ahead and remove those with our 8-millimeter in one second, but while we're at this point, I'd like to grab our quality 1A Auto part. I'd like to bring it over and just try to match it up. Everything should match up pretty well. I'll just make sure that the hooks are all there. That looks good. This looks good. Perfect, so we know we got the right thing. When you get this in the bag it might come like this, I don't know. Just figure out. Just twist it, twist it, do what you need to do. Make sure that it matches up, and it does. We know we have the right part, that's always a wonderful thing. We'll set that aside. We'll try to keep it the way that we just figured out the way it goes because once we take this out we don't want to be trying to figure it out at that point.
I'm going to take my 8-millimeter. I'm going to turn all three of these screws to the left. Here we go. Get our last bolt out here. Set all those aside. As you could tell, they're the same. We don't have to worry about mixing them up. I'm just going to grab this. That's our motor underneath there, that's the shaft. If I was to turn this over, the motor would probably fall out, first of all because those screws also hold in the motor. We're just going to leave that, but if you could imagine that is where the motor is. Here's our old unit. We're going to go ahead and replace this now.

We have a little product comparison here. We have our old window regulator unit from our 2010 Nissan Altima. You could tell it has the window tracks right here. It's got cables. This is where your motor goes into. When your motor turns it turns this little doodad inside there, which makes this cable push, or pull, I should say in this direction or this cable pull in that direction. It makes your window go up and down in these tracks right here. Here we have our quality 1A Auto part, as you could tell.

Everything looks the exact same as the other one. It comes with this, so you could put your motor shaft inside there. It's got brand new cables, obviously. These will flow nice and easily inside these tracks, these right here. As your motor turns, it pulls these cables either one direction or the other, which makes these go up and down. That brings your window up and down. Looking at these, we got our pulleys here, pulley, pulley, pulley. These all look great. Everything looks like it matches up perfectly. If you need this or any other quality part, you can always come down to 1A Auto and check us out.

All right, so here we go. We're going to get ready to start installing the window regulator unit into our backing plate or the plate that goes inside the door panel. We'll notice there's a little wire tie here. This is basically just to hold this. I'll turn it over, so you can see. Hold this, so it can't just spin around, and these cables can't go pulling out and making a huge mess of everything. It just keeps everything nice and firmly together for during shipping purposes.

We're going to use a little bit of wire cutters here. You can use what you've got. If you've got a knife or a pocket blade of any sort, you could use that. We're going to remove this. We still have this set up, so when we go from here we're just going to go right over to here. There is something that I like to make a note of. Inside here, these are the screw holes where these all go into. The motor is back there. I don't know if you can see those holes, but that motor can move around now. Maybe we go like this, I don't know, you move the plate around. Now it's moved. You're going to want to reline up those holes as close as you can. Then we're going to take our window regulator, and we're going to line up this part right here with this part right here. You'll notice that this is a square. Inside the new regulator, we also have a square.

I'm just going to bring the unit over. I'm going to get it approximately where it's going to go. Now we're going to try to get this square lined up with that. You can turn it and do what you need to do. Nothing is mounted yet. I'll just see if I can get it like that. It feels like it's going in. If you wanted to, you can get your hand underneath there and try to push the motor up in and then start it. All right, we've got our three mounting holes on all these. We're going to try to line them all up. There's a little bit of a lip on this motor. That lips goes up through this hole. We're going to leave all the bolts out, so we can turn this. We're going to watch this square. We're going to try to line it up with the square in here. The reason I want to leave all the bolts out is so if we have to pivot anything, we can pivot it, and we don't have to worry about it being stuck in there.

I'm going to go ahead under. I'm going to get my motor lined up. Try to line up those holes, if I want. It's going to move around again, so we're going to have to deal with that. That's okay. This is going to be a little bit of a snug fit, but we've got our square here, our square there. I'm going to try to line it up. I'm holding the backside of the motor, trying to push up while I push down with the window regulator. Just try to squeeze the two of them together. There we are. Okay. Now I'm going to look down inside the holes. Hopefully, they're all lined up. I'm going to try to start them. I'm not going to tighten any of them until all three of them are in.

Now that they're all started we'll go ahead and take our 8-millimeter, and we'll tighten those up. I'm just going to tighten up all three of these. We don't need to go too tight. This is only plastic, so we don't want to crack it. Basically, just bottom it out and just give it a little tweak. It's bottomed, go a little bit more. There we go. There we go. I'll just check them all. You'll notice I'm not holding my ratchet all the way out here trying to really grip into it. I'm just right up here on the head. That feels like it's nice and snug. We'll see how these things line up real quick. That's going to line up with that hole when we're back in the door, this one here. Then it's going to go, yeah, just at this angle pretty much, so right like that. Now we've got our window motor installed into here with our window regulator ready to go.

Here we go, friends. We've got our panel. Window regulator all set up. It's mounted in. Motor is on there. We're going to go ahead and put it up against the door. What I'd like to do is I'm going to grab two screws. The bottom screw is going to go right here, right there. I'm just going to start them in. I'm not going to go very far. There's another one there right now, but we're only using two. We only need two. Basically, I just want those in a couple threads, so I can have the door panel being held up in, but we can still move it away, so we can get our arms in here. Then we're going to move on to the next step of getting these situated, so we can get it mounted.

Here we go. I'm going to take these. I'm going to put them up and inside, making sure that our wire harness is up and out of the way. We don't want that getting down and getting pinched. We'll go just like this. I'm just going to start these in. I like for them to be in a few threads, at least, not just one thread because if you wobble it around we don't want it pulling through and messing up the threads on either the bolt or the hole itself. If they do, we'll have to chase out the holes. I'm going to see if I can get this one started. It feels pretty good. Perfect, so now we can let go of that. We can look inside and situate ourselves. We'll move these cables out of our way, just go like that. Put these in here.

Now that we have these situated in here, we remember that we're going to need two bolts, one for here and one for right there to hold the window to the regulator or vice versa, the regulator to the window. Whichever way you want to say it, say it. We want to have those ready, and then I want to be able to take this tape off the window slowly to lower the window down into these two brackets. We want to go nice and slow. We don't want to drop this window. I'm going to grab my two bolts. Here we are. They're nice and short, they're not the ones with the big washers, which I just grabbed, and they're not the long ones. The long ones are for the door panel.

I've got these two in my hand. I've got my window regulator sitting in there hanging out waiting for me. Then I'm going to bring the window right down to them. I'm going to get it situated onto it. I'm going to hold the window from underneath just because it seems like it's easier for me to be able to grab under here. I'll just leave the tape on there. We don't need to rip it off or throw it on the ground or anything just in case the wind blows, first of all. You don't want it going flying around, but also just in case we need to hold it up again. If it slides down between there, that's okay because we're going to put the window up and test it out any ways.

We're going to get these. We got a little nub right here. That's going to slide in here just like that. See, the window. It's okay, don't be scared. I'm going to take this. Sorry about my hand in your way. All I'm doing is I'm starting to start that screw into that regulator slot. We can tighten it up in a minute, but first I want to get the other side in as well. I'm holding onto the window this whole time, not letting it go. We only wanted to replace the regulator, not the whole window today. We'll save that for another video.

This one, I'm looking at it. It should just go like this just like that. I'm just going to finagle the regulator a little bit. All right, so we got both of those started in. I'm just going to go ahead and tighten it up with my 10-millimeter and turning to the right, bottomed out just a little bit. Bottomed out just a little bit. There we go. We want these to be able to move around a little bit because we have to be able to line them up with the holes inside the panel. That looks pretty good. We're not going to try functioning the window yet at this point because we want to make sure that the regulator is mounted to this panel, so it's nice and supported before we go ahead and try to move it with the power.

Let's grab our window regulator mounting bolts, hopefully. That's the four little ones that we talked about. This washer, I told you I'd tell you where it goes. It goes right here. It goes on the back rear side of it, I guess you'd say. If the door was closed, it would be the rear right there. Let's see what we can do. I'm going to try to put this through. I'm going to try to line it up with that in there and tighten it up, so wish me luck. Sometimes getting all this stuff might be difficult because it's just going to be that way. You might want to give up sometimes. You might want the camera guy to go away, so you can cuss at it, but we're just going to try our best and get that lined up.

I'm looking inside. It looks like none of the holes are lined up, so that's no big deal. We'll just move stuff around a little bit, and we'll see what we can do. All I've been doing, I got the other three in so far with a little bit of help, I'll have to say. Thank you, Christian. I used my little trim tool. I came in between the door panel and the door itself, and I can move those around a little bit. Here you can see that I can line up the hole, if I need to. This is going to be my last one right here. I haven't tightened any of them down. All I did was start them all. There we are, wonderful. Now we can go ahead and move on to our next step, which would be starting to get all the rest of these bolts in and at least started. Then we can check functionality.

I got everything started. I haven't tightened anything down yet just in case we have to tear it all back apart. I'm going to plug in the window motor. I'm going to do that first, so I don't forget. Then I'm going to come over here. I'm going to plug in these two right here. I don't need to plug in this. We'd just have to take it back off again anyway, so I'm not going to plug that in yet. I'm just going to do the two we need. This is where the power comes from. This is where the switch connects into. I'm going to come to the back. You see where it looks like everything plugs into. One, two. If I was going to do this one, it would just go right there. Any way. Put the key in the on position. Here we go, let's see. Very nice, perfect. We know it goes up and down now once we get everything tightened up.

All right, so I'm going to first start by tightening up these four bolts, one here, there, there and there. I'm just going to snug them, so they're bottomed out and then give them a little extra just like I've been showing you all along. Then I'll move along to the other 10 bolts. There we go. It's snug, bottomed out. A little extra, perfect. We'll just double check. We got all our cables sticking out here. They're not behind the panel. We got nothing pinched in between the panel and the door. Looks good, all right. We'll go ahead and remount all of this stuff. These are just little clips that we pulled off. Let's put them back where we got them from. It looks pretty great. This right here just goes to that little light that was at the bottom there, a little extra tape for some reason. Perfect. Let's grab our door panel.

These are all where our little prongs went into. If you see anything that looks like this, this should be in the door. That just pulls right out. We'll check them all. It looks like we've only got one in here still. We're going to take our door trim tool, try it from whichever way you want. Essentially, we just want to be able to pull that out. Let's see if I can get it. There we are. I'm going to put this right inside our door panel. We'll find the one that it came out of. Bottom corner. It's got a little thick opening here. That goes right there. I'll just try to slide it in. There we are. Make sure all these are still in. Okay, everybody looks good. Perfect. Let's get this up here.

We're going to make sure we take this wiring. We're going to put it down through this hole. That's where the little light is going to be. You don't want to forget that because it's going to be hard to get it back out someday. Now we can start connecting everything else, if we want. We could do these up here or these down here. I'll start at the bottom and continue my way up to the top. We've got the one for our window. Here we are, center one. That's the power for everything. Got a little lock switch. Actually, this one right here looks like it's for the window, for the mirrors, left and right, blah, blah, blah, so there's that. That's what that one was. Perfect. All right, so we're shaking it around. We're going to look back down here. This came out. We might have to put it back in again, who knows? It just wants to be out, but we want it to be the way we put it, so keep grabbing it. Keep giving it a tug. Get it back out there. Obviously, you don't want to yank it right out of the thing.

I'm going to try to hold it up against here. Now I'm going to grab our cables. Hopefully, we'll remember which way they go. Top is on the top. Bottom is on the bottom. I got my bottom one. I'm going to go right inside this hole right here. We got a round with a round hole. I'm going to put it in, go over. I'm just going to push it in. Let's see if it'll go. There it is. Take our top one, bring it back around. We got our little nub. The little nub goes inside that nub hole. See if we can get it. There it is. I'm just going to get that into the slot. I just want to make sure it's in all the way, it's not. If it isn't, and it falls out, you'll have issues.

Just take your time, make sure you do it right. I'm going to try to spin it. Sometimes they can be a little bit of a pain. There it is, perfect. We don't have any more wiring in here. We can look down in. We know we got everything connected. We've still got our little wire hanging out the bottom. We got little extra pieces. Just going to go like this. I'm going to start it in along the top. There's a little ridge that runs along here. That's going to sit inside this ridge right there. Once we get it sitting down on there, we can let go of our panel. Double check for our little wire. It's still there, it's looking good. Nice. Then we'll just go ahead, and we'll take this. We'll bonk it in going all the way around, double checking we've got our wire down here. Looks good.

I'm going to start at the top. I'm going to just going across like this, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and I'm going to go around. I'm making sure that this is pressed down as far as I can go. Give it a little shake, feels good. Very nice. We can go ahead and put in our screws. We got the short one there. We're going to have two long ones, one there, and one there. I'm using my Phillips head. I'm turning these clockwise. If you wanted to, you could use a 10-millimeter. If you notice that you were trying to tighten these down and for some reason the Phillips head kept sliding off or bouncing off, or it seemed like it was stripping, you would want to make sure you used the 10-millimeter. To help prevent your Phillips head from stripping, you can just press in at the same time.

Here we are. I got my last one, the short one. You remember it goes in behind here. You can go that way or just go right up on the top. We'll go this way. There we are. Now before we go too far we want to make sure we test everything. We don't want to put everything together and then have to take even more apart, but we do need to have all this stuff in just to make sure everything is secure enough to use. Now we're going to try the window. I got the key power on. We can try going down a little bit. It seems pretty good. Go up, very nice. Go down, stop. Up, perfect. I like to leave my window down when I'm working just in case I happen to close the door, and it might be locked for some reason. I'm not going to lock myself out.

Let's move along. I've got this little cover. It might go here, it doesn't go there. It goes over here. We'll look at it real quick. We'll see we got a little tab right here. We got a little push tab right there. This one right there, obviously, isn't a push tab. It needs to go in first, and then push the backside in. I'll just pull this away. I'm going to put it in that little slot right there. Just try to see if I can push this on. That doesn't seem like it wants to click in, that's okay. There we are. It seems good. It sits in there nice and flush. We can move along. We can go ahead and do our armrest.

We notice we've got all these holes going along here. That's where all these are going to clip into going along the line. I'm just going to take it and line it up. Yeah. Let's see if I can get them all popped in. It looks like it needs to go a little bit more on the backside here. Let's see if I can get it. I should have started with the back, so I'll just lift it back up. Let's see if I can get it started in. Something is going on, got this little tab right there. If it doesn't seem like it wants to go in because the tab is bending out, it's very common. It's okay. We'll just use our small screwdriver again. It's a very handy tool. We'll push it in. Push it in. Just going to come down the line.

Okay, so we've got our little connector. You can see where the little lock tab is. We've got our connection area over here. The lock tab goes on this side right here where my finger is. I'm going to go ahead and line those up. Clip it in. We've got a couple little tabs here, and then we've got our under tabs, or whatever, I guess, you'd call them. These ones will slide in, but these need to go in first. I'm going to go like this. There's a couple little holes under here. I'm going to line up those tabs with my holes. I'm just going to lift it up, click it in. All right, door panel is on. Now we've completed our job. Great job, everybody.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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