My drivers side window would not go up, thats no good. So I had to replace the window controller.

Step 1: Parts

So you'll need a PP-TD20 window controller unit.

Phillips head screw driver
Panel Remover
<p>FIXED ISSUE WITHOUT REMOVING DOOR PANEL OR ANY SCREWS.</p><p>I was having the same problem getting 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback driver's power window switch to raise the window up. $180 for a new late model Subaru power window replacement switch was ridiculous.</p><p>I was able to refurbish switches good as new WITHOUT NEEDING TO REMOVE DOOR PANEL.</p><p>Parts: 4 x Q-Tips, 2 x wood shish kabob skewers, rubbing alcohol, 2 fine screw drivers (Flathead preferred but not necessary) and a little patience &amp; ingenuity...</p><p>Steps: </p><p>1) used small screwdriver or plastic knife etc to pop off the trim piece surrounding the driver's door window switches.</p><p>2) used small screw driver to gently pry black switch covers off of the switch rockers below. </p><p>(I found it easiest to place small flat head under the middle/side of the black switch cover).</p><p>3) use small screw drivers and slide it between the middle of the rocker switch pivot bump and the white plastic with the hole that receives the switch bump. (*Note: you need to detach the switch from the white plastic receiver...not the black plastic cover over the pivot point).</p><p>4) remove rocker switch (*BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DROP ANYTHING INTO THE DOOR)</p><p>5) gently lift out two metal connection pieces under rocker switch. 5) use q-tips / kabab sticks / screw drivers and rubbing alcohol to clean scrape off all dirty black build-up.</p><p>6) re-install in reverse order... good as new.</p>
I found the part last summer but didn't have the guts and thought I'd break the clips. I used wire strippers like RKS suggested and they worked fantastic. Thanks again Joe, I wouldn't have tried it on my own without this instructable. Yea now I can open my drivers windows without pliers!
Joe, just in time, I found your very clear instructions. I was "on the verge" of dis-assembling the entier door (looking for the wrong problem). Instead, I switched the polarity as you suggested and the window ran right back up. It's a really nice day here, and now I will get to enjoy some of it. Thanks, Pete... Doylestown Pa.
How awesome, now I just need to find the replacement part!
Thats awesome I am glad it helped. -Joe
My window would go up and down but not all the way and the movement was sloppy. This instructable showed my how to get at the window workings. I found a couple bolts had come off. Replaced them and tightened a few others. Works perfectly now! Took 15 minutes and probably saved me $100. I used a pair of wire strippers as a panel removing tool. They are like very thin pliers, slide easily between the panel and the door frame and provide lots of surface area for prying without causing damage.
I like this sort of instructable. Too many products these days seem to be specially designed to defy being modified, fixed, or even opened by "amateurs"; it's good just to see how to get into them. A "panel remover" is the magic tool, eh?

About This Instructable


8 favorites


Bio: I like to tinker with just about anything, sometimes it works out in the end. Have fun looking at the projects, try tearing something open ... More »
More by joe: Secure IoT with the Arduino Yun TankWars: A Physical Video Game Tankbot - Internet Controlled Tank Robot
Add instructable to: