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How to Replace Rear Window Regulator 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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  1. step : Removing the Rear Door Panel (0:22)
    • Pry up underneath the window switch bezel
    • Disconnect the window switch connector
    • Pry out the trim piece behind the door handle
    • Pry off the trim bezel from the door pull
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door handle
    • Remove the two Phillips screw from the door pull
    • Pry out the door panel from its clips with a trim tool
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Unclip the door handle
    • Unclip the door handle cables
  2. step : Removing the Rear Window Regulator (3:02)
    • Peel back the vapor barrier with a razor blade
    • Raise the window by hand
    • Hold the window in place with painter's tape
    • Disconnect the window motor lead
    • Loosen the two 10mm bolts that hold the window to the regulator
    • Pull the window regulator out through the door
  3. step : Removing the Window Motor (5:40)
    • Remove the T25 screws from the window motor
    • Slide the motor off the window regulator
  4. step : Installing the Window Motor (6:29)
    • Slide the window motor onto the window regulator
    • Tighten the T25 bolts to the window motor
  5. step : Installing the Rear Window Regulator (7:17)
    • Insert the cube on the window regulator onto the channel at the top inside the door
    • Push the regulator into the door
    • Hang the regulator by its bolt
    • Insert the 10mm bolt into the regulator
    • Remove the painter's tape from the window
    • Lower the window onto the regulator
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts that hold the window to the regulator
    • Connect the window motor lead
    • Replace the vapor barrier
  6. step : Installing the Door Panel (10:47)
    • Clip on the door handle cables
    • Clip on the door handle
    • Lift the door panel up into place
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the two Phillips screws to the door pull
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the interior door handle
    • Press on the interior door handle trim
    • Press on the door pull trim
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Press the window switch into the door panel

What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace the rear window regulator on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

I'm going to take a trim tool and I want to get underneath this bezel right here, slide this up, slide this out of the way. You can disconnect the connector right here. Just push down, disconnect the connector. Now, you don't necessarily have to take this off to take the door panel off. It just makes it a lot easier to disconnect the connector like this rather than while you're fighting and fumbling with the door panel.

Now we want to take this cover out. Just take a trim tool, get underneath here, and there's some clips that hold that on. Take this cover off right here. Sometimes you can just grab it with your fingers, or you can get the trim tool underneath there. Try to rotate it off. There's clips on there, the bottom, and the middle, and on the top. Now there's three screws. There's one right here and two right there. I'm going to use a Phillips head screwdriver, take these screws out. Just grab it. And then these two and this last one. Take a magnet to get the bottom one out. Remember, these two are different than that other one.

Now you can use some trim tools, and I always like to start from the front of the door panel closest to the car in case you scratch anything, and just go all around. There's just some push pins that hold the door panel on. Just like that.

Take and slide up the door pin. This handle should slide off here. It should just be clipped in. There we go. It just slides down. We're going to take this inside door handle off. We want to take the cables off the handle, so disconnect this cable right here. The bottom one happens to be the green one, which is the lever side, and the white one is the lock side. Slide it up and then slide the retaining ball up, and same with the white limit. Slide it up, twist it, and slide out the ball.

Disconnect this connector right here. It goes to the door latch assembly. Now we're going to peel back the vapor barrier. You can take a razor blade or a utility knife and just cut some of this butyl tape. Generally it'll stick to itself afterwards. When you go to put it back on, if you have to add more, you can always add more butyl tape.

If you're doing this in hotter weather, it's going to be a little bit easier to peel back. You just want to pull those cables through and then that wiring harness, so I can peel back on this little bit more.

I'm just going to disconnect this speaker wire just so I can take the vapor barrier off completely just so it's out of the way. Sometimes you can just fold it out of the way, but if it's in your way, sometimes it's just easier. Pull it off completely. There we go. Set it aside.

Alright, I'm just going to use some tape and I'm going to tape up the window. I like to use three pieces of tape. I feel like it holds the window pretty good. Disconnect this connector right here. There's a little lock tab. Just push up on that, slide it out. I'm going to take a 10 millimeter socket right here, loosen this bolt up, and these two. This one you don't have to take out. It is slotted, so I don't think we have to take it out of there. These are pretty tight. Loosen these up, and take this bolt out as well.

I am going to just support this while I take this last bolt out, just support the regulator. Just slide it in. I'm going to slide it up so that I can get that bolt out of position, and then I need to see slide this down and there's a rail at the base of the window. You want to slide it forward. That's going to disconnect the regulator from the actual window. This is what slides out right there. There you go.

Now with the motor flat side down, I want to take these screws out. I'm going to use a T-25 and a ratchet. Just be careful not to get your fingers caught in this at all. A lot of times if these things are spring loaded, which this one's not, when you loosen up the motor, this will swivel and you could pinch your fingers. Just be careful. All right, take that last screw out and hold the regulator up and you can slide the motor down carefully. There's the motor, and there's the regulator.

We want to line this up. Now, keep in mind when you took this apart or if you're getting a new one, you want to have this somewhat how you took this apart. Just line the motor up, take the screws, get the screws started. With all those started, then I'll just tighten them down. Just use the T-25 and a ratchet, and just go back around, just double check, make sure they're all snug. That's good, good, good.

When we slide this in position, this little cube is going to slide into the channel at the base of the window. We're going to slip this up here and then try to slide that on first. Slide this down. It takes a little bit of skill right here. Get that cube to line up. Slide that cube right into that channel, so somewhere in the middle. There is good. It kind of helps to hold that little pivot in the channel while you twist this, just so it doesn't fall out again. Then slide that bolt in position there.

Then this is kind of tricky, because we didn't index it exactly how it was when it came out. What I'm going to need to do, make sure you have the key out of the car, and I am going to have to just index this or move the window regulator a little bit. I'm going to plug in the connector, try to plug in the connector. There we go. All right, plug that connector in.

Now I'm going to go turn the key on, and make sure your fingers aren't close to this. With the key on, put the switch back in. I'm just going to try to move this a little bit. I'm going to push down on the switch just to try to get this stuff to line up. I'm going to disconnect the connector and then turn the key off. Then I'm just going to try to manually put it where I need it to go.

All right, now I'm able to move it in position where it needs to be, or closer to where it needs to be. Put this screw in first. Then these two. This one next, and this last one. All right, now I can take a 10 millimeter socket, extension, and a ratchet and just tighten these all down. I want to tighten these three first and then the one with the slot last. Remember, these were pretty tight when we took them all off, so snug them up pretty good. Then the last one. At this point it's safe to take the tape off.

Now we want to take the vapor barrier, slide all the cables and all the wires in the correct positions that we took them out. Sometimes it's easiest to get it started and then take all the wires and add those. Just like that. It's all secured. Now, reconnect the speaker wire, lock it in place. Reconnect the door latch, lock that in place.

We want to reattach this to the cables. Slide the green cable into the bottom. That's the one with the handle. Just like that, and then through there. The white one goes on top, just like that. Now take the door panel. We'll slide the handle right through here, and there's two tabs right there on the top and the bottom. It's just going to slide into place right there. If you check it from the outside, just make sure it looks good. That's right. Then slide the top part of the panel in first. Pull the wiring harness through here so you can connect the switch after, and then once the panel's lined up, you can just push it on.

Take a Phillips head screwdriver, and these two longer screws are going to go for the handle part. Get those started first. Snug those up, and then this smaller screw's going to go right here through the handle. Snug it up, not too tight. This cover is going to go over the handle, lock that in place. This cover is going to go right behind the handle. Pull out the handle, line it up, lock it in place. Reconnect the window switch to the connector, line it up, lock it in place. Then there's a slide right here that slides in the back. That slides like that, and then push down on the front.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T25 Driver

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