1988 Honda Accord Uninstall Left Front Window Regulator Motor

Honda introduced the Accord in 1976. The 1988 Accord was equipped with a 2.0-liter, in-line, 4-cylinder engine that was either carbureted or fuel injected, and it was offered with a number of transmission options. The window regulator motor on the 1988 Accord is located inside the door frame, behind the inner door panel. Removing the regulator motor requires disassembling some interior body parts. Window regulator motors usually need to be removed when they have gone bad and need to be replaced.

Tools Used: 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket set, with 6-inch extension, Phillips screwdriver (#2 head), Flat-head screwdriver

Uninstall Left Front Window Regulator Motor

Open the driver's door of the Accord. Remove the door switch panel from the door, using a flat-head screwdriver to pry the front of the switch panel out of the door. Remove the switch panel from the inner door panel by hand, but do not remove the electrical connectors from the rear of the switch panel.

Remove the four mounting screws at the bottom of the door panel, the center-mounted screw in the door puller handle and the door opener handle screw, using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove any plastic snap fasteners holding the door panel by prying around the entire inner door panel with a flat-head screwdriver.

Pull the door panel up and in toward the car to remove it from the door frame. Push the window switch panel through the door panel by twisting it and sending it through the door panel lengthwise. Let the switch panel hang while you remove the door panel from the Accord.

Turn the ignition key to the "II" or "Accessories" position. This is the position where all of the dashboard lights come on, but the engine does not turn over. Do not start the vehicle for this procedure. Roll the driver's window down about halfway using the window switch panel so that you can see the bottom of the window. If the window motor is not functioning at all, skip this step and go to Step 5.

Insert a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket into the door frame and onto the bottom bracket bolts at the base of the window pane. There are two bolts on two different brackets that hold the window glass to the window regulator. The glass needs to be removed prior to removing the regulator motor. Turn the window glass mounting bolts counterclockwise to remove them from the regulator assembly.

Pull the door glass up and out of the door frame. Set the door glass on the passenger seat of the Accord for safekeeping.

Remove the window regulator mounting bolts from the motor, using a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket along with a 6-inch extension. The extension will allow you greater reach without placing your hands near the sharp sheet metal of the door frame. Let the window regulator fall to the bottom of the door frame once you have removed the mounting bolts.

Remove the window motor mounting bolts from the door frame by turning them counterclockwise with a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket. Remove the window regulator motor using one hand. Disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the motor with your other hand by simply pinching the connector and pulling it free from the motor. Remove the motor from the Accord.

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