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Hey guys!
I've been meaning to post this sooner, but between work and class it's rather difficult to find some time.

Anyway I was wondering if someone can get me started in the right direction.
I unconsciously left my windows cracked open during a storm a couple weeks back. Since then only my drivers side window rolls down, although the rest still click.

I've tried each switch on the other windows in their respected door but all I keep getting is clicking.

I searched and this thread came up.
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=38510
His damage is not water related though, which is what I'm suspecting happened with mine.

Do you guys think it's just the Master Switch that needs replacing, or perhaps something deeper than that?
 

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Driver side master window switch, just had same problem, bought a used one for 60 off ebay and now works perfectly
 

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Driver side master window switch, just had same problem, bought a used one for 60 off ebay and now works perfectly
+1: Chaos, but before you pick up a used master switch....

Try removing the master switch (just 5-10 minutes to remove) and clean the electrical parts with some electrical contact cleaner- being careful to not spray your plastic trim as that stuff does clean electrics well but can harm the finish on plastic trim.

A few years ago mine got wet (windows left open) and I cleaned it that way. Been 4 years now and still works perfectly.

Side note: It's not just the rain in Chicago- it is the particles in the air floating over Chicago. You know all that West Virginia and Montana coal that is too dirty to burn on US soil due to regulations? Well, it is mined and sold to China. China burns it for electricity, and that coal dust travels the jet stream down through Canada and travels right over Chicago. Heavy rain can grab some of that coal dust and combine to form a nasty mixture.

Clean that switch first. Remove the panel (three Phillips head screws and use plastic/nylon pry bars to "pop away" the panel clips- don't use a screwdriver as a pry bar) takes 5 minutes.

Be very careful about the door lock cable's little green plastic clip. It is fragile, so gently remove it before you pull the door panel away from the car.
 

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I still have my old master switch i will try and clean it, if it works ill put it up for sale
 

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Driver side master window switch, just had same problem, bought a used one for 60 off ebay and now works perfectly
Thanks man, if Rick's idea doesn't work that will be my next step.


+1: Chaos, but before you pick up a used master switch....

Try removing the master switch (just 5-10 minutes to remove) and clean the electrical parts with some electrical contact cleaner- being careful to not spray your plastic trim as that stuff does clean electrics well but can harm the finish on plastic trim.

A few years ago mine got wet (windows left open) and I cleaned it that way. Been 4 years now and still works perfectly.

Side note: It's not just the rain in Chicago- it is the particles in the air floating over Chicago. You know all that West Virginia and Montana coal that is too dirty to burn on US soil due to regulations? Well, it is mined and sold to China. China burns it for electricity, and that coal dust travels the jet stream down through Canada and travels right over Chicago. Heavy rain can grab some of that coal dust and combine to form a nasty mixture.

Clean that switch first. Remove the panel (three Phillips head screws and use plastic/nylon pry bars to "pop away" the panel clips- don't use a screwdriver as a pry bar) takes 5 minutes.

Be very careful about the door lock cable's little green plastic clip. It is fragile, so gently remove it before you pull the door panel away from the car.
Thanks Rick, you gave me very useful advice as well as a bit of some really interesting facts about the coal and our rain. Ironic that even though regulations were set to "vaguely" protect us we still get the filth in the end.

I'll have take out the switch and clean it on Wednesday because I'll finally have some free time. I'll post the results.

I really appreciate the help!
 

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before you do anything, you do not have to remove the door panel!!!!
 

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Ethanol: Wow, just went from 5-10 minutes down to 32 seconds. Thank you! I learn something new here each day. I guess I got so used to removing the panel to repair the door lock cable I never even thought of the direct method.

Us '05 peeps got to stick together.....:thumbsup:
 

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yea i was like wow when i first learned this lol, usually no cars have this
 

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That method is way easier. I'm going to do it tomorrow, I had too many assignments to get through to today.

Thanks Ethanol.
 

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So about a month after, I finally got around to it.
I followed your advice Rick, but it didn't work.
I'm guessing the chip was just fried.

So I went ahead, bought a replacement. It was roughly $70's on ebay for a used one.
I popped out the panel like Ethanol suggested, swapped the core switch and popped it back into place. Only took about 4 minutes.

What I forgot about was reprogramming the key. I guess it's necessary to reprogram the keys to use the auto lock and auto unlock features. Fortunately a quick search turned this up:
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?p=241172

Thanks to ThePope for providing the necessary instructions.
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=12539&d=1211536077

Thanks for the help guys!
 
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