hi eveyone!we just had two different things heppen to our honda.fisrt thepower window motor failed on the drivers side.we took it to a mechanic and he said the part alone would cost about $300.00 and then there would be an additional labor charge.is this something o can repair on my own.or does anyone have any other ideas to keep costs down?the other problem happed just this morning.when the heat is turned on it only blows out cold air.is there anything i should do or should it go back to the shap?thank you very much!steve
If you’re sure the window motor has failed the only recourse is to replace it. Sometimes the problem is in the wiring or the switch, and not the motor itself. Did the mechanic actually test the motor?
You could replace it yourself if you’re willing to remove the door panel and work inside the door. You might be able to locate a used motor in a junk yard. I’d want to consult a service manual if I decided to do this myself.
First thing to check for the heat problem is the level of fluid in the radiator. It should be completely full. Check when the engine is COLD. Don’t trust the level in the overflow. Remove the radiator cap and check inside the radiator.
Then make sure the engine is reaching normal operating temperature, and that the hoses to and from the heater core are both hot.
If the coolant level is correct and the heater core is getting hot, the problem is with the HVAC controls inside the vehicle.
thank you mcparadise!the motor was checke and it is bad.i called a junk yard and found a used motor for $75.oo…the lady said it had been checked out and was fine.do you know anything about taking the door panel off?i think once i take it off i can install the motor.when joyce gets home i will check out the fluid in the care.thank you again,steve
if you do know anything about the door panel,there is something i forgot to ask you.do i need to buy any special tool for the job?thank you again,steve
There is a tool for door panel removal, but a wide-blade screwdriver or similar tool works just as well.
The door panel is held in place mostly with “pop” fasteners. If you pry the lower corner of the panel away from the door it will pop loose, and after you get a few fasteners loose you’ll be able to see where the rest are.
There will be a few screws, too, and they are often hidden. The armrest and door handle are often where the screws are. You may also have to remove the trim where the outside mirror mounts.
After the fasteners are loose and the wiring connectors for the door switches are disconnected the door panel can be lifted off the door. Installation is the reverse of removal.
As I suggested earlier, a service manual, such as Haynes, would be very helpful by showing the location of fasteners and electrical connections. The manual may also have information about the window mechanism itself.