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2002 Mazda Protege5 Mod - Power Windows always on

This Instructable shows how to modify a 2002 Protege5 so that you can operate the power windows whenever you want, not just when the key is in the ignition.

**DISCLAIMER** - At this point, I am sure any warranties on 2002 Proteges are no longer valid, however, you still do this modification at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damage caused, injuries incurred, or contracts violated by performing this modification. That being said, this is a fairly easy process, with almost no risk involved, but you are solely responsible for anything that happens by following these instructions.

Oh, and this one is totally reversible if you ever do want to change it back :)

All the pictures for this mod were taken with my cellphone, so I apologize for any that aren't perfectly clear. They get the point across though.

Happy hacking!
 
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Step 1: Remove the car's trim.

First we have to be able to access the entire fuse box inside the car by the pedals, not just the front with the fuses. In order to do that, we must first remove some of the car's trim around the driver's seat.

Remove piece number 1. This is the long piece of trim along the bottom of the doorway. Simply put your fingers under the inside edge of it, and give it a sharp pull upwards. The first time you do this it may take a bit of extra effort, but it will come off eventually. :) Sometimes it's easier to start at one end and work your way along it. Check the pictures, they explain it pretty well.

Piece number 2. Next we need to peel back some of the door's seal near the front of the car. We don't need to take it all off, just pull it up until you can toss it over the top of the open door to keep it out of the way.

Piece number 3. This is the panel that covers the fuse box. First we need to pop out the little plug that is right at the far end near the pedals. This is easily done with a flat screwdriver. Note: you need to put the screwdriver under the inner circle of the plug to pull out the center, if you just put it between the plug and the panel, it will not come off and you could break it. After the plug is out, simply grab under the panel and pop it off by pulling towards the center of the car.

Now we can see our fuse box, and are almost ready to do the real work :)

On a side note, you may see a big, thick, shiny red wire or a skinny blue wire in some of my pictures, those are for my amp/sub in the trunk, so if you don't see those in your car, don't panic :) Also, these pictures were taken after I had already modified some of the wiring in the car, so anything that I do not mention that seems out of place, don't worry about.
admin5 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
abadfart4 years ago
very nice now ad a remote to do this from out side the car so you can slide acros the hood and hop in the window
Ohh my B, I thought it was a Mitsubishi. Thats why I thought it was odd it did not do this stock.
I have 02 mirage and it does this stock.
dxzztkp (author)  boognishmofo5 years ago
Yeah some cars do, and some don't.... This guide is specific to the 2002 Protege/P5 as you can see by the name.
Any ideas on how to fabricate a wiring harness for the drivers side window? When I say wiring harness I mean the piece that moves the window up and down. The motor works fine but the part that the shaft sits in is stripped out or something. The wire runs through this. Seems like they would have a better name for it, when I hear wiring harness I think electrical but it is 150 at auto parts stores.