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Old 02-14-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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The front passenger window stopped working a few weeks back, it was stuck in the closed position - so I could live with.

Today when my wife opened that door to get out the window went down (open) and it is winter her in NJ, a real winter this time. The window will not go back up, tried both driver master panel and door switch. The door switch lights when the ignition is on, so power is getting there and the other windows work fine.

For starters I will be happy just to get the window closed again. I tried to remove the inside door panel - took out two machine screws, one below the door handle in the tray, and one above at the lock. Then I started prying the panel out, and the back edge and lower edge popped free with not too much strong arming. But it seems stuck at that point. Do I pry harder or is there another machine screw or two to remove?

With the panel off I hope to be able to manually raise the window.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:42 PM   #2
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All around the edges if the door panel it should pop off. At the top where it meets the glass, I just had to lift mine up there to get it off the door. If that makes sense. 2-3 screws, not many. Just keep popping around the edge, no screws there.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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You may also need to pop the switches out of the arm rest and disconnect that. I forget if there's one in there as well.

Sounds like you've got the screws. One in the handle hole, and one in the door armrest tray/thing.

If you get that off, just see if you can apply power to the motor and lift the window at the same time (watch your fingers). Motor just may be completely dead.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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Thanks, there are some how-to on Youtube too, no surprise. The triangular piece at the leading edge of the window/door has to be pried off too. I took the window and lock electrical connectors off too which make it possible to just lay the panel aside. Very neat, NICE JOB SUBARU, this is about a 5 minute job once one knows how to do it.

Now to the reason, the power window not working. Most of this is not visible even with the inside panel off. I pushed and pulled on the window and looked with a bright flash light for binding. I was planning to manually push the window up until I got more information on trouble shooting power window. But I couldn't budge the window up with my hand. I then plugged the arm rest switch panel back in and bingo, pushing the up on the window and up it came. I decided for now to leave well enough alone until warmer weather comes. Winter roars on here in NJ.

It seems there is power, and the power window motor works. I'm not sure what the sound would be if the window is binding/stuck. But, I can say I can't hear any motor noise when the window doesn't move. Again, just before the window went up with the up button I had just stuck a narrow pry bar in and put some pressure on the window glass away from the outside of the door. Is it possible that a stuck window would just stop a motor, and the motor would not burn out or make noises? Keep in mind, the problem started with a the window stuck up/closed. It then just opened when my wife opened the door to exit. She did not to my knowledge touch the window control, but could have monetarily pressed it down while opening the door...down pressure would lower the window. Not sure I remembe now, but I know I was surprised and my have pushed on the down button again and the window continued down to full open, but pulling up did not raise the window..and the master panel on the driver's door couldn't close the passenger window either, just as before the unexpected lowering took place.
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Old 02-22-2017, 03:23 PM   #5
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i know this is an older thread, but i just had window issues in my 2013 wrx- first the driver's window stopped working consistently, then the passenger front- the passenger front window was stuck down for a whole day a few weeks ago. then while reading a non-subaru "stuck window" help page, they suggested messing with the wiring harness where it goes from the body of the car into the door- as soon i read that i knew the issue- my driver's door speaker had also been crackling in and out- totally wiring harness issue. i messed with the wiring harness with the door all the way open while pulling the roll-up for the pass. side window, and up it came. now i try to avoid using the windows if at all possible, and it does also affect the back windows, since all the side window controls run through the main panel on the drivers door so all of them are affected by the cracked wiring harness. i've got a new wiring harness in the mail, hope it's not too frustrating to replace (i know i need to remove the door skin, etc to get in there).
and of course this probably isn't the issue for all window troubles, but the speaker cutting out helped me realize that this was the issue. i live in a cold place, so makes sense that the driver's door wiring might get fatigued quickly.
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