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How to Replace Rear Window Switch 07-16 GMC Acadia

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How to Replace Rear Window Switch 07-16 GMC Acadia

Created on: 2016-11-03

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a damaged, worn out, faulty or shorted rear power window switch on 12 GMC Acadia

  1. step 1 :Removing the Rear Door Panel
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door pull with a pick
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a pick
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw from the door handle
    • Remove the two T30 Torx screws from the door pull
    • Remove the trim from the door lock with a pick
    • Pry out the door panel with a door panel clip tool or putty knife
    • Lift the door panel up
    • Press the door latch cable tabs and remove it from the opening
    • Slide the cable through the notch and remove ball from the release
    • Disconnect the door panel wiring harnesses and clips
  2. step 2 :Removing the Rear Window Switch
    • Press the clips and pull out on the switch with a flat blade screwdriver on both sides
    • Remove the switch
  3. step 3 :Installing the Rear Window Switch
    • Insert the switch into the door panel
  4. step 4 :Installing the Rear Door Panel
    • Press the door panel connectors into the door
    • Connect the door panel wiring harnesses
    • Insert the door latch cable into the opening
    • Set the retainer into the latch
    • Line the panel up
    • Snap the retainers into the door
    • Tighten the T30 Torx screw to the door handle
    • Tighten the T30 Torx screws in the door pull
    • Press on the trim piece in the door pull
    • Press on the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Press on the lock cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Bit

Installation Video
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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2012 GMC Acadia. We're going to show you how to remove and replace the rear window switch. We're working on the driver side, but this process is exactly the same on the passenger side.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: T30 Torx bit, ratchet, socket extension, flat head screwdriver, trim tools

Behind the door handle on the interior you'll find a small notch where you can get a pick in to remove this cover, which will expose a T30 Torx screw. Then using either a flat blade screwdriver or these non-marring pry tools, which are available from 1A Auto, pry underneath the wood trim and pop the panel out, giving us access to the remaining two T30 Torx screws. We'll remove all three. You should be able to access these screws with a T30 Torx socket, but ours is too big for the top one here, so we're going to use a T30 Torx screwdriver.

On our front door this locks release tab, and in the rear it's facing this way. Yours may be facing one way or the other. For us, we'll have to roll down the window and remove it from the back side. We'll use a small flat blade screwdriver to get in between the lock and this release tab. Pop it out and lift the lock off of the lock rod. On the bottom side of the door panel, right about in the center, you'll find this notch, which allows us to use another one of our non-marring pry tools to reach up behind the clip for the door panel.

You want to get the fork on either side to pry out. As you pop these out, you'll want to either wedge another one of the pry tools in there to keep it from going back together. The more of these you pop out, the easier they get. There are also a few clips behind this upper piece here. You'll have to make sure you get those out as well, and along the other side. Once all your tabs have been popped out, lift up and remove your door panel.

Push down on the tabs that anchor the latch cable into its slot. We're going to use a small flat blade to get a little more leverage on them. Once it's through, pull the bare wire through the opening, line it up with the slot, and pull the ball out of the interior door latch. Lay the panel out, pull down on the safety tab for the window switch connector, and then remove it.

The power window switch is located here on the arm rests is removed from the inside of the door panel. Now you can use a flat blade screwdriver here to get this out, but these clips can be very delicate, so I like to use non-marring pry tools. Simply lift up on the plastic tabs while pulling out on the switch to keep them from re-engaging on one side. Then we'll repeat the same steps on the other. Remove your switch from the door panel.

To reinstall your window switch, make sure it's facing the correct way. Line it back up and press it in until it clicks.

Reinstall the electrical connector for the power window switch and lock the safety back into place. Reinstall the ball on the end of the cable into the door handle. Lay it into the groove, and then snap the anchor back in. Line up the door lock rod into its slot. Snap the top tabs in and lay the top of the door into its channel. You can then begin snapping in the plastic clips on the back. Using your T30 Torx screwdriver, reinstall the three screws. Reinstall the screw covers behind the door handle and over this door pull with the wooden trim. You’ll want to set the top into place first, and then line up the rest until it snaps in. Reinstall the door lock cover as far down as it'll go. Be sure that the lock rod is all the way up when you do this. Then snap the cover in and make sure it moves up and down smoothly.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Bit

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