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Old 04-17-2012, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Was just quoted $290 to replace the master (driverís side) window switch on my 2005 Outback. Bullhonkey man! Is this easy to do on my own? I canít seem to find if Iíll be required to remove the entire door panel or what? Been looking high and low for some sort of instructions, but to not avail Any help/information would be very greatly appreciated!!!
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Bummer.

On my 2001 you can just pop out the switch cluster, unplug it, and repair or replace it. But on the Gen3 2005 it looks like you need to remove the door trim.

This is not difficult, but you need to know where the clips are so you don't damage the trim. Here is the relevant page from a 2005 manual:


I found a replacement cluster for my 2001 on ebay for about $20.


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Right on, Jeff!! Looks like just what I needed.
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TonyS,

Chances are that the switch is just dirty and needs to have its contacts cleaned. I had to do several on various cars over the years. Basically you spray electronic contact cleaner into the openings of the switch and then cycle the switch back and forth to get rid of the dirt. You may have to do this two or three times to get results.

Be sure to have the ignition turned off, and then wait 5 minutes before you turn on the ignition and try the switch, so for the fluid to evaporate to prevent any short circuits.

If this doesn't do the job you may have to replace the entire switch assembly with one from a wrecker, from eBay, or go new.

Good Luck!
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Also, if the spray cleaner doesn't work, I believe the switch can be disassembled with some care and the contacts manually cleaned. I recall one case reported here where some solder was added to a surface to improve the connection. If you're prepared to replace the whole switch assembly, there's nothing to lose trying to open the defective one first and see what can be done.

Try some searching here for posts about the window switches.
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Thanks. Yeah, I read that dirty contacts are a frequent problem… and I wish that was the case here. I think my problem however is a broken rocker on the auto up/down of the driver’s window. Seems a shame to have to replace the whole unit for 1 bad switch. Hopefully I can find used and don’t have to get off my wallet for a new one.
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Should you decide to take apart the switch, here's a hint. Put the entire assembly inside a sandwich plastic bag with your hands. That way, if the internal spring should fire small parts to the four winds, they'll all be inside the bag. I'll bet you can guess how I learned this little trick! Good Luck!
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Here's a couple of related threads. In the first one there was some successes restoring the switch (see later posts):

Driver window switch not working

Window Switch
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