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How To Replace Front Window Regulator 96-00 Honda Civic

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How To Replace Front Window Regulator 96-00 Honda Civic

Created on: 2013-12-20

Watch this video to learn how to replace a weak, noisy, damaged or defective power window regulator in a 96-00 Honda Civic.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Remove the Phillips head screw inside the door handle
    • Pull the door handle forward and out
    • Unclip the latch rod from the door handle
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Pry off the mirror base trim panel
    • Pry off the door pull panel
    • Remove the two Phillips screws behind the door pull
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pry off the speaker cover with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the three Phillips screws from the speaker
    • Pry off the door panel by hand
    • Disconnect the speaker wiring harness
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Window Regulator (Window in Down Position)
    • This step is for if the window is stuck in a down position
    • Disconnect the window motor wiring harness
    • Unclip the wiring harness from the door
    • Loosen the lower two 10mm nuts from the window motor
    • Remove the top 10mm nut from the window motor
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts from the window regulator
    • Lift the window motor out of the door
    • Lift the window by hand
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the window track
    • Pull the window up and out of the door
    • Pull the regulator out of the door
  3. step 3 :Removing the Window Regulator (Window in Down Position)
    • This step is for if the window is stuck in the up position
    • Disconnect the window motor wiring harness
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the window track
    • Hold the window in place with painter's tape
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts from the window regulator
    • Loosen the lower two 10mm nuts from the window motor
    • Remove the top 10mm nut from the window motor
    • Pull the regulator out of the door
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Window Regulator
    • Start the two lower nuts onto the window motor
    • Start one bolt into the top of the regulator
    • Slide the regulator into the door
    • Hang the regulator in place by its nuts and bolts
    • Pull the window motor wiring harness through its door cavity
    • Clip the motor wiring harness to the door
    • Insert the three remaining bolts into the window regulator
    • Tighten all the regulator fasteners
    • Feed the window back into the door if it has been removed
    • Lower the window on to the window track
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the window track
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Connect the speaker wiring harness
    • Put the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the three Phillips head screws into the speaker
    • Insert the two Phillips screws behind the pull handle
    • Clip the latch rod into the door handle
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Push the door handle into place
    • Insert the Phillips screw into the door handle
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push on the speaker cover
    • Push on the door pull trim
    • Push on the mirror base trim panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace a front window regulator on this 1998 Honda Civic. It's the same process on these Civics from '96 to 2000 and we show you on the driver's side, but the passenger side is the same procedure. The items you'll need for this are a new window regulator from 1AAuto.com, flat blade screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, and a 10mm socket and ratchet.

Start off by removing this Phillips screw behind the door handle. Now, pull your door handle back and out and right here is your door handle rod. Just push this clip off of it and lift the rod up and out. Now, on this harness there's a tab underneath it, just push it in and disconnect it and remove this triangular panel on top of your door panel. Pull firmly on this panel and it'll pop right off. Now you want to remove this Phillips screw right here, as well as this Phillips screw right here. We'll just fast forward as Don does this. Now, underneath the switch pack, you'll see these two harnesses, you want to just disconnect them. They each have a tab that you just have to push in on and they pull right out. Now using a flat blade screwdriver pry off your speaker cover. In these holes here you'll see there are three Phillips screws. Just go ahead and remove each of those. Now pull out along the edges of your door panel to release the clips and then lift the door panel up and off the door. Down by your speaker, you'll see this harness. Just push in on the two tabs on the sides and it'll pull right out. We don't have one, but you most likely have a water shield. You just want to go ahead and remove that carefully.

Now, two things can happen when your window regulator breaks, either the window can be stuck up or it can be stuck anywhere else. In this case we're going to show you what you do when it's stuck anywhere else and then we'll show you what to do if it's stuck up. Now, disconnect the harness by pushing on the tab and pulling it out. Then pull that harness from the door. Next, you want to loosen these two 10 millimeter bolts and then remove this one. Now remove these four bolts right here. Now, you want to push the stud at the top of your window motor out and then lift up on the window motor so you can unhook those two lower bolts.Then you can move your window up and down and you want it so you can see these two bolts through these two holes. For those 10 millimeter bolts, just go ahead and remove them. Once you do that, you can pull your window up and out. Now, you can just pull your regulator right out of there.

If your window's stuck up you want to start off by removing these two bolts right here that hold the window into the regulator. That'll make it so you can take the window up into place and after you've done that you want to remove these four bolts right here and remove these three right here. We'll just fast forward as Don removes all of those. You can see we have a helper to hold the window in place. If you don't have a helper just use some blue painter's tape and tape the window up. If you do have a helper hold it in place and then pull the window out. As you can see, when you take the bolts out, the regulator comes out and then you can pull your window out.

The old regulator is on the left; the new one from 1A Auto is on the right. You can see they're identical and they'll fit exactly the same. You want to replace two of the nuts on your window motor, so you can hang it back into place, if you've removed those. You want to replace one bolt at the top of your regulator. Feed the regulator and motor into the door and hang those into the appropriate spots. Pull your power motor harness through the door and push those clips back into the door and reconnect the harness. Now just tighten up and replace all of those nuts and bolts. If you've removed your window you're going to feed it back in at this point. Feed the front end first and then the rear make sure they get into the tracks correctly. Slide it up and down by hand make sure it's working freely. If you just taped your window up then remove the tape and slide the window down to the regulator. As you can see, right here, it's perfectly lined up. Just put in those two 10 millimeter bolts and you want them tight, but not too tight.

Now, to reinstall your door panel, you first just reconnect that speaker harness. Then, you want to just make sure your harness is run through that door there. Feed your lock through the door panel. Set it back down into the window sill and then hit around the door panel to reactivate those clips. Reinsert and tighten up those three Phillip screws around the speaker. Replace the two Phillip screws under your pull handle. Now put the door rod back into the door handle and re-clip it and then plug your harness back into place. Push your door handle back in and slide it back. Replace that Phillips screw. Reconnect your switch pack harnesses and then put the speaker panel, your door pull panel, and that triangular panel back into place and then you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

1996 - 2000  Honda  Civic
1997 - 2000  Acura  EL
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