How to Replace the Door Glass, Glass Guide, Window Regulator, and Regulator Motor on a Camry (With Video)

Updated on July 9, 2018
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Camry door component details
Camry door component details

Video of Rear Window Regulator Replacement

The video below will provide you step-by-step instructions on replacing a broken rear widow regulator. The regulator motor can be replaced as well.

Fixing Your Door Window Problem

This article will help you fix three separate issues related to car windows.

1. A broken or shattered window ("door glass").

2. A defective door glass guide. A break in this rubber lining around the glass can cause a water leak or wind roar.

3. A defective window regulator, or defective window regulator motor. When the regulator is not working, the door glass acts "stuck" or only moves sporadically.

Four Step-by-Step Procedures

This article gives four step-by-step procedures:

DIY 1. Removing the door panel (necessary before making any of these repairs)

DIY 2. Replacing the door glass guide

DIY 3. Replacing the door glass

DIY 4. Replacing the regulator or the regulator motor

Once you have your door panel off (DIY 1), skip to one of the other three procedures to fix your specific problem.

On this Camry the rubber door glass guide is damaged and needs replacing.
On this Camry the rubber door glass guide is damaged and needs replacing.

First: What Will You Need to Replace?

You have to remove the interior door panel to access any of these parts.

If the door glass has been shattered, the door glass guide may or may not require removal. I recommend removing to make it easier to remove any glass fragments stuck within the guide. If the rubber guide is still inside the door guide frame you might not be able to remove all the glass fragments, though a metal rod pushed into and along the guide may dislodge them. Prepare to spend some time vacuuming out broken glass fragments from the interior of the door after you remove the door panel and the plastic vapor barrier or water barrier.

If the door glass guide is damaged, you will have to remove the door glass, although you can leave the window regulator in place after detaching it from the door glass.

If you have to replace the window regulator or the regulator motor, you can leave the door glass and guide in place, with the door glass taped in place to prevent it from sliding down into the door (see the video below). Alternatively, the door glass can be removed from the door and re-inserted without much difficulty.

You can buy a regulator motor separate from the window regulator itself. But in my experience, for a few dollars more you can get a complete window regulator that includes a new motor.

If you think you can re-build the regulator motor, good luck. I've tried and never gotten it to work. Once the electrical brushes are gone, all my attempts to use a substitute brush have failed.

Shopping at Junkyards for Door Glass and Guide

The door glass and the door glass guide are difficult to obtain off the internet except from an eBay junkyard scavenger. Otherwise, there is the dealership. Shop and compare prices, or visit your local junkyard and bring your toolbox. You will only need a 3/8" 10-mm socket with extension and driver, a screwdriver set, and a small plastic pry bar.

How to Tape Your Window Closed While Your Regulator Is Broken (a Temporary Fix)

The video below shows how to use tape to keep your window propped up while you look for a new regulator.

Temporary Fix To Keep Your Window Glass Up

The below video will provide you a method to temporarily keep you car window from falling down into the door.

DIY 1. Removing the Door Panel

How to Remove Your Door Panel

You will need to remove the door panel to do the repairs discussed further on in this article. Follow these steps.

a. Pry off the power window switch.

a. Pry off the Power Window Switch
a. Pry off the Power Window Switch

b. Disconnect the power window switch electrical connector.

b. Disconnect the Power Window Switch Electrical Connector
b. Disconnect the Power Window Switch Electrical Connector

c. Open the inside door handle bezel screw cover.

c. Open the inside door handle bezel screw cover.
c. Open the inside door handle bezel screw cover.

d. Remove the inside door handle bezel screw.

d.  Remove the inside door handle bezel screw.
d. Remove the inside door handle bezel screw.

e. Remove the inside door handle bezel.

The bezel is retained by an upper and lower inside handle pin. Position a thin screwdriver between the handle bezel and the inside handle (see photo) and release the upper connection by pulling out.

e. Position a thin screwdriver between the handle bezel and the inside handle (see photo) and release the upper connection by pulling out.
e. Position a thin screwdriver between the handle bezel and the inside handle (see photo) and release the upper connection by pulling out.

Release the lower part of the bezel the same way by pulling down and pulling out (see photo). Now the bezel can be completely removed.

e(3). Pull the handle bezel out.
e(3). Pull the handle bezel out.

f. Remove the panel screw cover and screw.

f. Remove the panel screw cover.
f. Remove the panel screw cover.
f(2). Remove the panel screw.
f(2). Remove the panel screw.

g. Remove the door handle screw cover and remove the screw.

g. Remove the door handle cover
g. Remove the door handle cover
g(2). Remove the door handle screw
g(2). Remove the door handle screw

h. Remove the second lower door handle screw.

h. Remove the lower door handle screw.
h. Remove the lower door handle screw.

i. Remove the door panel side pin.

Push in the center pin, then pry out the pin.

i. Door panel side pin
i. Door panel side pin
i(2). Push in the center door panel pin.
i(2). Push in the center door panel pin.
i(3). Pry out the door panel pin.
i(3). Pry out the door panel pin.

j. Remove the two lower door panel screws.

j. Remove the two bottom door panel screws.
j. Remove the two bottom door panel screws.

k. Pull the bottom of the door panel out.

Using a small plastic pry bar, gently pull the bottom of the door panel away from the bottom of the door by tugging on the plastic retainer clips behind the panel.

k. Plastic pry bar
k. Plastic pry bar
k(2). Pop off the door panel from the bottom.
k(2). Pop off the door panel from the bottom.

l. Lift and angle the door panel away from the door glass lip.

l. Pull out and up to remove the door panel.
l. Pull out and up to remove the door panel.

m. Remove any door panel retainer clips that did not separate along with the door panel.

m. Remove the plastic retainer clips,
m. Remove the plastic retainer clips,

n. Transfer the door panel retainer clips to the door panel.

n. Transfer the plastic retainer clip.
n. Transfer the plastic retainer clip.

o. Remove the door service hole cover.

p. Remove the door panel side pin bracket.

q. Peel off the clear plastic vapor barrier (water barrier).

The plastic vapor barrier should not be torn off or ripped out. It is part of the car. Gently pull along the edges to remove it from its semi-adhesive glue. Peel it halfway up to expose the access holes. Use tape to help keep the barrier up.

q.
q.

r. Remove the door window bolts.

If the window regulator motor is working, temporarily reconnect the power window switch so that you can align the door window bolts with the bolt access holes. If the window regulator motor is not working, skip this step.

DIY 2. Replacing the Door Glass Guide

How to Replace the Door Glass Guide

Follow these steps.


a. Temporarily connect the power window switch.

Turn on the ignition (not the engine) to allow the switch to move the door window.

a. Temporarily reconnect the power window switch.
a. Temporarily reconnect the power window switch.

b. Align the door window mounting bolts to the door's access holes.

b. Align the door window mounting bolts with the door's access holes.
b. Align the door window mounting bolts with the door's access holes.
b(2). Second door window mounting bolt.
b(2). Second door window mounting bolt.

c. If you don't have a helper, use either duct tape or wrapping tape to hold the door window in place before removing the door window bolts.

d. Remove the door window bolts.

d. Remove the Door Window Mounting Bolts.
d. Remove the Door Window Mounting Bolts.

e. Push the door window mounting holes away from the window regulator glass mounting points.

f. Grasp the window and angle out the glass from the door.

f. Angle out the door window
f. Angle out the door window

g. Grasp the inside of the rubber window guide and pull down to separate it from the door frame.

Peel away the rubber window guide, starting from the top to the side and then to the inside of the door.

g. Grasp the rubber window guide and pull it down.
g. Grasp the rubber window guide and pull it down.
g(2). Peel off the rubber window guide
g(2). Peel off the rubber window guide

h. Install the new guide.

Apply silicone spray lubricant to the new rubber window guide. Position the new window guide in the corner of the door and press-fit the guide in. Use the door's access holes to fit the guide into front and rear of the door's window guide frame.

h. Apply silicone spray lubricant to the new rubber window guide.
h. Apply silicone spray lubricant to the new rubber window guide.
h(2). Press-fit the new window guide.
h(2). Press-fit the new window guide.

i. Angle the door glass into the door.

A helper can help you position the door glass and then screw in the door glass mounting bolts.

i(3). Angle the Window into the Door
i(3). Angle the Window into the Door

Test that the door window moves freely on the window guide and is completely aligned. If it is out of alignment, loosen the window mounting bolts and re-position the glass.

DIY 3. Replacing the Glass

Replacing the Door Glass

This section deals with replacing just the glass in the door window. It assumes that the old Door Glass has been shattered.

Before performing the replacement steps below, vacuum out all glass debris from the inside door cavity.

a. Temporarily connect the power window switch.

a. Temporarily connect the power window switch.
a. Temporarily connect the power window switch.

b. Turn on the ignition (not the engine) to allow the switch to move the window.

Align the door window mounting bolts with the door's access holes.

b. Align the Door Window Mounting Bolts to the Door's Access Holes.
b. Align the Door Window Mounting Bolts to the Door's Access Holes.

c. If you don't have a helper, use either duct tape or wrapping tape to hold the window in place before removing the door window bolts.

d. Remove the door window bolts.

d. Remove the door window bolts.
d. Remove the door window bolts.

e. Remove the plastic door window bolt shims by pulling on the shim tabs.

Then push the door window mounting holes away from the window regulator glass mounting points.

e. Remove the plastic door window bolt shims.
e. Remove the plastic door window bolt shims.
e(2).  Remove the plastic door window bolt shims.
e(2). Remove the plastic door window bolt shims.
e(3). Removed window bolt shims.
e(3). Removed window bolt shims.

f. Re-attach the window mounting shims on the new door glass mounting holes and angle the door glass into the door.

A helper can then help position the door glass while you screw in the door glass mounting bolts.

f. Attach the door window bolt shims to the new window.
f. Attach the door window bolt shims to the new window.
f(2). Attach the window bolt shims to the new window.
f(2). Attach the window bolt shims to the new window.
f(3).  Angle the door window into the door.  A helper can help position the door glass.  Then screw on the door glass mounting bolts.
f(3). Angle the door window into the door. A helper can help position the door glass. Then screw on the door glass mounting bolts.

Test that the door window moves freely on the window guide and is completely aligned. If it is out of alignment, loosen the window mounting bolts and re-position the glass.

DIY 4. Replacing the Regulator or the Regulator Motor

Window Regulator / Regulator Motor Replacement

a. Access the window mounting bolts.

If the window regulator motor has stopped functioning, then the door glass cannot be moved downward to allow unbolting of the door window mounting bolts through the door access holes. In this situation, you need to unbolt the window regulator unbolted from the door frame with the door window attached. (See photo a.) The regulator and window can then be dropped down and manually positioned to allow access and removal of the window mounting bolts. If assistance is unavailable, hold the base of the window with one hand while removing the door window mounting bolts with the other.

Photo a
Photo a
Photo a(2)
Photo a(2)

If the window regulator is partially functional, attempt to align the door window mounting bolts with the door's access holes to remove the window mounting bolts. (See photo a(3).)

Photo a(3)
Photo a(3)
Photo a(4)
Photo a(4)

Then remove the regulator assembly through the opening in the door.

Photo a(5).
Photo a(5).

b. If only replacing the window regulator motor, remove the two screws that secure the motor to the regulator.

Pull the motor out and replace with the new motor. (See photo b below.)

Photo b
Photo b | Source

c. Re-attach the window regulator assembly back into the door.

The window regulator bracket (see photo a) can hold the assembly in place while the bolts are being screwed in.

Photo d.
Photo d.

d. Connect the regulator electrical fitting and temporarily connect the power window switch.

Test to determine if the motor is working. Avoid contact with the base of the door glass if the glass is taped in place.

If the motor is functional, use the power window switch to align the assembly window mounting points with the door access holes. Have a helper assist with positioning the window glass mounting points.

e. Once the window is in position, secure the window mounting bolts.

Test that the door window moves freely on the window guide and is completely aligned. If out of alignment, loosen the window mounting bolts and re-position the glass.

Questions & Answers

  • How to fix my window that’s on the driver side but I think it’s off track?

    Need more details. Did you take off the door panel and look inside? Is the window regulator okay?

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      Harris 

      2 years ago

      I buy one used from a seller, i thought was the same i gave them my car specs but the pinch and pull" is bigger but the design everything is the same.

    • hardlymoving profile imageAUTHOR

      hardlymoving 

      2 years ago from Memphis, TN

      Harri,

      Why don't you get the switch designed for the car? Otherwise, don't know.

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      Harri 

      2 years ago

      hello, are there any Power Window Switch Electrical Connector transformers? because i have a an older Power Window Switch and i want to connect a newer toyota yaris Power Window Switch and the "pinch and pull" is bigger so i want an transformer to connect it, is such a thing exists?

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