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My 2003 Forester driver side window wont work.

My 2003 Subaru Forester driver side window son't go up or down. The motor is working fine You can hear it. It acts like the window is off track. How do you remove the door panel to inspect it.

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    subaru forester moonroof did not open so removed glass to clean out track,works great untill glass goes back in how to line up glass correctly

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    where is the motor and how do i get it out

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Took the door panel off and looked into the window and the tracks, ect... nothing seems broken but noted that it needs blowed out due to excessive dirt. I wouldnt think this is the problem though.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    I'm trying to find the intermittent wiper module



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You need power window regulator as the cable of the regulator is out its place ,

  1. Remove the gusset cover.
  2. Pull up the inner door handle cover toward you to remove the upper hook. Pull down it to remove the lower hook. Remove the inner door handle cover.
  3. Remove the power window switch assembly.
  4. Using a trim panel remover, remove the clips of the trim panel.
  5. Remove the speaker.
  6. Using a spatula, remove the door sealer.
  7. Remove the outer mirror assembly.
  8. Remove the front end of the door weatherstrip and gusset.
  9. Remove the stabilizers.
  10. Remove the rear end of the door weatherstrip (inner and outer).
  11. Operate the power windows switch so the bolts from the regular assembly are visible through the service holes. Remove the mounting nuts.
  12. Take out the door glass. CAUTIONDo not turn the regulator in closing direction after removal of the glass. Otherwise gear may be disengaged.
  13. Loosen the nuts to remove the rear sash.
  14. Disconnect the power window motor wiring harness.
  15. Loosen the four bolts and two nuts to pull out the regulator assembly.
  16. Remove the screws to remove the motor from the regulator assembly.
  17. Installation is the reverse order of removal.My 2003 Forester driver side window wont work. - 0759a6d.jpg

Good luck...

Posted on Oct 21, 2008


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