The power windows fitted to Subaru vehicles are high quality, reliable products, but like all things automotive they eventually wear out or fail. Power window systems comprise three parts: motor, regulator and switch. Repairing a faulty power window system may be as easy as fitting a replacement switch panel, or may involve dismantling the door trim and replacing the regulator and /or motor. At ADS we have considerable experience in diagnosing and repairing these systems.
We have noticed in recent times that the Forester 03-07 Gen 2 SG9, fitted with one-touch window regulator has a inherent fault in the switch that results in a number of problems, particularly motors burning out.
The brushless motors fitted to Subaru power window regulators are robust and normally should last the lifetime of the car. However, when they are subjected to stress by defective regulators or switches, the windings burn out and the motors need replacing. These are non-serviceable components. Subaru has issued a revised power window motor for the affected Forester models.
This is a mechanical component, a system of hinged levers that transfers power from the motor to the window either upward or downward, while keeping the window level at all stages in its travel. These components tend to wear in the hinged joints, particularly in city driving when the driver's window is up and down frequently. A severely worn regulator can place stress on the power window motor.
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This switch, while a simple thing to replace can be the cause of expensive repairs. Late model Subarus use a switch panel in the driver's door with switches for all four doors. The driver's door switch gets the most use and causes the most problems. Once that switch fails, it is a non-serviceable item and the whole panel has to be replaced. In models like the Forester 03-07 Gen 2 SG9, fitted with one-touch window regulator up and down, the driver's door switch fails to cut off at the end of the of the window travel leaving the motor straining and overheating.
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Subaru replacement power window motors, regulators, and switches can be installed to most Subaru models within one (1) day at our Subaru workshop in Peakhurst. We can provide loan vehicles for your convenience. A complimentary car wash is included after a comprehensive Subaru quality inspection, conducted by a senior Subaru mechanic before you collect your Subaru vehicle.
If you're good with tools and want to replace the Subaru air compressor or evaporator kit yourself then we can supply you with all the necessary Subaru air conditioning parts, compressors, TX valves, evaporators and hoses. Our Subaru parts online website also offers a comprehensive range of new, pre-loved and reconditioned Subaru parts sourced locally and internationally. Our skilled technical staff will match you to the best part, at the best price. We will also provide technical advice and assistance in the installation of your parts.