Replace a window controller in a subaru outback

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

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Step 1: Parts

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

Phillips head screw driver
Panel Remover

Step 2: Remove screws

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There are only two screws in the door panels.
They are both below little plastic covers. One on the door release , and one below the handle.

Step 3: Satellite

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Remove the tweeter covers, they just pop off.

Step 4: Pry off the door panels.

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Pop the panel pry tool in the door and pop the panel off. You can use a screw driver, but then you might break the little tabs off.

Step 5: Try out the switch

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So my window would not go up... but it woul go down. So There is a green plug on the door, open it up and test out the behaviour. Since I got 0 volts with the meter when I pushed the switch up, but -12 when I pushed it down I figured it was the relay in the switch. Of course I had to order the prart, but in the mean time I used some alligator clips to reverse the switch and make the window go back up.

Step 6: Unplug

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Unplug the switches.

Step 7: Remove he plastic cover

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remove the plasic face plate covering the switch.

Step 8: Remove the switch.

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unscrew the switch.

Step 9: Test it

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plug in your switch, make sure it works. if it does reverse the steps you are done.
jillygrrrl5 years ago
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!
PETEJ6 years ago
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.
jillygrrrl6 years ago
How awesome, now I just need to find the replacement part!
joe (author) 7 years ago
Thats awesome I am glad it helped. -Joe
RKS7 years ago
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.
westfw8 years ago
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?