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  • avatar MrShift@Edmunds 09/11/10 7:40 pm PST

    Not a big deal. This is a common Subaru problem, with the driver's window switch wearing out.

    The switch on the driver's side is pricey, as are most Subaru parts---about $150 bucks. You can try a wrecking yard, but test the switch first, because most of them are worn out if the miles are anywhere near 75K-100K.

    Labor is easy, about 1/2 hour to just pop it out and put a new one in. So if a dealer does all the work for you, figure $225. If you scrounge for a used switch and put it in yourself, that's way cheaper of course. Mabye you could get lucky and find a used switch on eBay. You won't find these aftermarket I don't think. Dealer only item--IF they even have one.

    GETTING THE WINDOW UP -- have you tried really pressing HARD on the switch---don't worry about breaking it, it's already broken?

    if that doesn't work you'll have to remove the door panel, disconnect it from the regulator, and then prop it up with a piece of wood or something.






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  • MrShift@Edmunds 09/11/10 7:40 pm PST

    Not a big deal. This is a common Subaru problem, with the driver's window switch wearing out.

    The switch on the driver's side is pricey, as are most Subaru parts---about $150 bucks. You can try a wrecking yard, but test the switch first, because most of them are worn out if the miles are anywhere near 75K-100K.

    Labor is easy, about 1/2 hour to just pop it out and put a new one in. So if a dealer does all the work for you, figure $225. If you scrounge for a used switch and put it in yourself, that's way cheaper of course. Mabye you could get lucky and find a used switch on eBay. You won't find these aftermarket I don't think. Dealer only item--IF they even have one.

    GETTING THE WINDOW UP -- have you tried really pressing HARD on the switch---don't worry about breaking it, it's already broken?

    if that doesn't work you'll have to remove the door panel, disconnect it from the regulator, and then prop it up with a piece of wood or something.






  • Stever@Edmunds 09/11/10 10:50 pm PST

    My old Outback windows are ok, but the driver's switch on my Nissan quit. I was able to clean the carbon out of the switch and have been limping along for a few more years now. If you can get in there, you might try spraying some electrical cleaner liberally around the switch.

    Besides using a piece of wood as a prop, some people have had good luck propping broken windows up with little suction cups, like the ones for mounting navigation systems onto your car windshield. They are "adjustable" so in theory you could even manually lower the window some without dropping the glass back into the door.

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