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How to Replace Front Window Regulator 2006 - 2011 Toyota Camry

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Created on: 2017-10-26

New Window Regulator from 1AAuto.com How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a slow, stuck, cracked or damaged window regulator on 09 Toyota Camry

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry the courtesy light out of the door panel with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the courtesy light electrical connector
    • Pry the trim piece off the mirror base with a trim tool
    • Pry the grab handle panel off the door handle with a trim tool
    • Pry the trim piece out of the door handle with a trim tool
    • Pry the clip out of the front of the door panel with a trim tool
    • Remove the Phillips screw inside the door handle
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the grab handle
    • Pry out the door panel clips by hand
    • Lift the door panel off the door
    • Unclip the door lock cable from the door handle
    • Pop the door handle out of the door
    • Disconnect the wiring harness from the door panel
    • Unclip the wiring harness from the door panel
    • Disconnect the door latch cable from the door handle
  2. step 2 :Removing the Water Shield
    • Pull off the water shield
    • Remove the wire from the clips
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Slide the wiring through the water shield
  3. step 3 :Removing the Door Speaker
    • Remove the four Phillips screws from the speaker
    • Slide the speaker out of the door
  4. step 4 :Removing the Window Regulator
    • 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 five 10mm bolts from the regulator
    • Pull the window regulator out through the door
  5. step 5 :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 the four 10mm bolts into the regulator
    • 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
  6. step 6 :Installing the Door Speaker
    • Slide the speaker into the door with the electrical connector at the top
    • Insert the four Phillips screws into the speaker
    • Connect the speaker electrical connector
  7. step 7 :Installing the Water Shield
    • Slide the wiring and cables through
    • Press the shield to the door
    • Press the wire into its clips
    • Plug in the wiring harnesses
  8. step 8 :Installing the Door Panel
    • Clip the white door cable into the top of the door handle
    • Clip the green door cable into the bottom of the door handle
    • Feed the courtesy light electrical connector through the door panel
    • Connect the electrical connector to the door panel
    • Clip the door handle into the door panel
    • Lift the door panel onto the door
    • Line up the door panel, using the locating pins
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the Phillips screw inside the door handle
    • Clip the trim into the door handle
    • Insert the two Phillips screws into the grab handle
    • Clip the trim onto the grab handle
    • Clip the trim piece onto the mirror base
    • Push the plastic clip into the front of the door panel
    • Connect the courtesy light electrical connector
    • Push the courtesy light into the door panel

Tools needed

  • Side Cutters


    Socket Extensions

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    T30 Driver

    Wire Ties

    10mm Socket


    T25 Driver

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To remove this, take a plastic prying tool. You can get this from 1AAuto.com. Just kind of push in on this side. It'll pop it out. There's a clip there that you're trying to pop it out of. Push in the tab.

We're going to pop off the piece behind the mirror. You're going to get your fingers in there or use a plastic trim tool. It just pops to the two clips. To pop off this grab handle here, use a plastic trim tool. Pry it up. Pop it out. Put that aside. Pull the door handle open. Use the plastic prying tool to get in here. Pop that out. Use the plastic prying too to get this clip out. If you can get the middle up, that helps unlock it, but sometimes when they're flush like that, it's difficult. This one snapped, but it'll still work.

I'm going to use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the one that’s behind the door handle. There's one in here and one deep in here. With these screws removed, the door panel is clipped around this edge and then it's going to lift off of the door frame. So I'm going to reach under here and pull it out. Do the same on this side. It’s free. Just be careful. The screws are in there so one just fell out. Put that aside.

You disconnect the door handles. That's the door lock. Pop this out. Pull it straight up. Same thing with this one. Pop it out. This whole piece actually came with it. That's fine. I guess that can stay in there. Disconnect the main harness from the door panel. It's clipped up here. There's a lock that's on the other side. Push it in. Pull it down. Door panel will come off. Pop this out. Pull it right off. Put that side.

To get to this door lock actuator, we have to remove the vapor barrier that's in the door. It's stuck on with this Butyl tape. It's really sticky. You probably want to put gloves on because it just gets everywhere but you can peel it away and take a razor blade and just sort of cut it. This stuff is so sticky that if you're careful you should be able to stick this back up and reuse the vapor barrier. Try not to pull too hard or stretch it.

If you just need to access the door lock actuator or the inside of the outer door lock handle, you could just peel it down halfway. Since we're going to also access other stuff inside this door I'm going to take the vapor barrier totally off. This wire harness for the door goes through the vapor barrier. It's taped to this mount so you could either cut it and retape it so it's actually easier just to untape it and pull it off. Need to unplug this from here. Use the plastic trim tool to reach in there, push the lock in and just kind of pull it out.

Disconnect the speaker plug and push the lock in, up. You can either cut this and rezip-tie it or try to push it out with a trim tool. I'll try to push it out. Pop that out. Unplug the mirror connector. Now I can keep taking this off, slide the harness up and through. Keep removing the vapor barrier. You can reuse this, just be careful with it. Go lay it down sticky side up. To remove the window regulator, I need to lower the window to about here so I can access the bolts. I'm going to plug it back in. This is the main door harness here. So I plugged our harness back in, and the window wouldn't go down because I had this disconnected here. Go about. There’s one of the bolts there, but I want to go down a little bit further so I can access it. I'm going to access it through where the speaker is. It's going to sit just about there. Now I can unplug this. Turn the car off. Put my door panel aside.

Just going to unplug this cable here. Take our speaker out of the way just using a Phillips head screwdriver. I'll loosen this 10 millimeter bolt and loosen this one. I'm going to slide our window up and out of the way. Take our masking tape, place it over the window. Do that a couple times, and that should hold it in place. There are five bolts holding in the window regulator: one, two, three, four, five. This sixth one is just to hang it as you install it, so I'm going to start by loosening that one, but I'm not going to remove it because that will slide out of this hole.

Now I can remove all of these ones, and break them all free. I'm using a 10 millimeter socket. I'm going to reach in, I'm going to slide this up and off of where it's hanging and feed the window regulator out of the door.

I'll take our window regulator, and feed it into the door opening. So this goes up here, there's a couple locating tabs, they're going to meet up in there. There's also this bolt here that it can hang on so just kind of maneuver it in here, you might have to reach in. Try not to pinch your fingers because it's kind of like a bunch of like scissor joints. Get these lined up and set in the tabs like that with the bolt started. Then finally tighten the one that we used to hang it on. I'm going to hold the glass and remove the tape. Lower it down easily. Kind of reach in and guide it. See those red tabs? I'm going to guide those into the regulator. You can move it back and forth, line it up.

Reinstall the bolts. Just tighten them up. The regulator is back in the door and the window is secure. I'll run this hook up behind the sheet metal of the door, line the speaker up in the door opening, self-tapping screws lined up. These are 10 millimeter, you can use a 10 millimeter socket or Phillips head screwdriver. They're just self-tappers going into plastic, so you don't have to kill them. Plug our window motor back in, plug our harness back in to the door, turn the ignition back on, and put the window up.

Before we put the vapor barrier back on, you can plug in the harness for the door lock actuator. Now you can reinstall the vapor barrier. This black stuff that looks like silicone is actually Butyl tape, it stays sticky for like a long time, so we can reuse this. If you need to, you can get more. It's called Butyl tape but this stuff should be fine. It's very, very sticky.

I'm going to feed these wires through here and sort of let that hang a little bit. There's another opening here that our harness needs to come through and to feel all of the connectors through here to actually make sure our window is unplugged because that needs to come through. Feed all these through. Just going to get this lined up in relatively the same spot and just push it down with your fingers. You'll feel it, it's really like gummy and sticky. Definitely want to be wearing gloves or else you'll have this all over your hands for a couple days.

This harness was taped here so you can either re-tape it or zip-tie it. I'm just going to plug it in first, plug our speaker in. This was clipped in up here for our mirror, I'm going to run that back into the clip, plug our mirror back in.

For our courtesy light, there's an opening in the bottom of the door panel for it. Just feed that through. A little trick to install this: get that started.

Take your door harness. Don't forget to plug that in or else nothing's going to work. It'll snap into place, so get this lined up. It's got a couple pins on the top and the bottom and those are going to push into these tabs.

Now we take the door panel and kind of push it up towards the window. Push it up towards the window and then down over. Sometimes you’ve got to push in on it. Just push down just like that. I can see the screw holes are lining up. I've got that where I want it. I'm just going to push in. That’s just going to capture all the clips.

I can reinstall the screws and install this small screw here behind the door handle. Our little trim piece has got all the clips. Pull this door handle out and get this front one captured first. Push that in place. There's two large self-tapping screws. One's going to go in the top. One's going to go in the bottom here in this door pull handle. Start with the top on. With two screws installed, we can clip this back into place.

Install our little triangle piece that goes near the mirror. These two clips are here. Push right into place. There's this little clip here. This one kind of broke, but we push it in there. If you don't have it, it's not a big deal. It doesn't do too much. The rest of the door panel is secure.

To reinstall the courtesy light and plug it back in. Push that up into place. The door panel's reinstalled.

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2007 - 2011  Toyota  Camry
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