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How to Replace Rear Window Controls 05-09 Chevy Equinox

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How to Replace Rear Window Controls 05-09 Chevy Equinox

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a damaged, worn out, faulty or shorted fog light control on 08 Chevy Equinox.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Shift Knob
    • Pry the chrome bezel down from the shift lever with a trim tool
    • Remove the T10 Torx screw
    • Remove the shift knob
  2. step 2 :Removing the Center Trim Console
    • Pop the lower trim panel back
    • Lift the e-brake
    • Remove the lower trim panel
    • Lift the bottom and pry out the console panel with a trim tool
    • Turn your key on
    • Place the vehicle in neutral
    • Lift the bezel up and back
    • Place the vehicle in park
    • Remove the key
    • Disconnect the electrical switches from the center console
    • Carefully pry the tabs to remove the microswitch/stabilitrack
    • Remove the console
  3. step 3 :Removing the Fog Light Controls
    • Remove the six 7mm screws from the upper console control
    • Remove the assembly
    • Pry out the switch assembly clips with a trim tool
    • Remove the switch
  4. step 4 :Installing the Fog Light Controls
    • Insert the switch into its slot
    • Insert the assembly into the console
    • Tighten the six 7mm screws to the console
  5. step 5 :Installing the Center Trim Console
    • Place the key to the on position
    • Place the shifter in neutral
    • Insert the microswitch/stabilitrack switch into place
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Align and press the center console into place
    • Place the vehicle in park
    • Turn the key off
    • Press the lower console panel into place
  6. step 6 :Reinstalling the Shifter Knob
    • Insert the shifter knob into place
    • Tighten the T10 Torx screw to the shifter
    • Pop the chrome bezel into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T10 Torx Driver

Installation Video
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In this video, we're gonna be working with our 2008 Chevy Equinox. We're gonna show you how to remove and replace the switches that control your rear window functions and your fog lights.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: Trim removal tool, T10 Torx driver, 7mm socket, ratchet, socket extension

Using the trim removal tool, carefully pry the chrome bezel down on the bottom of the shift lever. You have to kind of work your way around this. It's a little tricky, but just stick with it because you really don't want to break it.

You'll need a T10 Torx screwdriver to loosen this bolt. Carefully remove the shift knob from the shifter. Place that off to the side. Pop this lower trim panel back. I've lifted the e-brake up here so you can get it by. Now we'll lift up on the bottom and work our way around the edges with our trim tool, releasing all the clips. There are some in the corner here that you will have to pull back and up. Turn your key on. Place the vehicle in neutral. Carefully lift the bezel up and back. We're going to put the vehicle back in park and take our key out for now.

Remove the electric connectors for the switches at the bottom, as well as the ones on the back of the HVAC unit, and the four connectors at the top as well. That's a micro switch there, and those can be very delicate. Be safe. We're just going to pry up on these tabs and remove that entire switch as opposed to just releasing the connector.

To remove your rear window and fog light control switch, we'll have to remove the entire switch assembly from the top of the dash bezel. We'll remove these six 7 millimeter screws with a socket and ratchet. Carefully remove the switch panel assembly from your bezel. Tip it over and get all the rest of the screws while we have it out.

To remove the rear window control and fog light switch assembly, we want to use our trim tool to pry up on the bottom. Put gentle pressure out on the back of the switch to make sure that those clips don't re-engage. Keep your thumb over the top so you don't lose control of the switch while removing it. Pry out on the top as well.

To reinstall the switch, place it back into its slot. Press it down until it snaps into place. Just give it a little wiggle to make sure that it's fully seated. Reinstall the entire panel assembly back into the center dash term. Kind of snap it down. It sits on these tabs up at the front, and then reinstall all six of your 7 millimeter screws. Tighten your screws down with a 7 millimeter socket and ratchet. Put your key on and your vehicle in neutral, which is two clicks down on the shifter.

Snap your stabilitrak switch back into its spot in the bezel. Reconnect the rest of the electrical connectors. Lay the panel back into place. Carefully snap all the tabs back into place. Put the vehicle back in park and turn your key off.

Reinstall the lower cover. You gotta line up the tabs. Snap it all back into place. Reinstall the shifter. You may have to wiggle this a little bit to get the set screw to line up. Pop the bottom bezel back into place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T10 Torx Driver

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