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2012 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr I4 Man

2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Large
23 (2011) mpg city / 33 (2011) mpg hwy
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December 9, 2012, 9:37 am

Paul A

Question: Rear window rolls down as soon as key is turned on.

with key on, window button pressed for window up, window will not close. If the button is held in the close position and the master button on the drivers side is pressed, the window will close. and will stay close as long as the individual window button is held in the closed position. When the individual window button is released, the window will open. Brought to dealer and they replaced the up/down switch on the door with the faulty window. This failed to correct problem. Dealer then said that the main switch on drivers side was shorted out. The switch and labor is $181.00. The switch that he replaced is probably OK I told the dealer to stop right there as he whipped another price at me of a total of $700.00 and change. A local mechanic removed door panel and removed power leads plug that feeds the window motor at my request. The window is now disabled. Do you have any recomendations? and by the way I had to disable the window because the dealer had jammed 3 tooth picks under the switch to keep the window closed.

December 15, 2012, 11:37 am

Ron W
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Well, first I would go back to the dealer and ask for your money back if toothpicks were jammed in the window switch. they are supposed to be the experts on those makes and that is way less than a professional repair. If they don't want to help you contact the factory ( the dealer should have a customer car phone number, you just have to ask for it) and discuss the "repair" with them.

You can also call your state's Bureau of Automotive Repair or Dept of Safety (who ever helps with consumer issues with repair shops) and see if you can file a complaint with them.

As to the issue, I suspect you have a direct short in the wiring. It could be the main switch is cross shorted, but it could also be a pinched wire somewhere. If you want to replace the switch inexpensively to see if it fixes it, check EBAY or local wrecking yards. Many have used switches that are tested and will work.

Sounds like the circuit needs a little more testing and diagnostics tough, before you spend any more money. And you if you go back to the dealer, I would recommend you try a different one that doesn't use toothpicks.

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