window/door on 2000 Hyundai Sonata

My right front window all of a sudden will not go up. Can i remove the door panel without too much heartburn? If so how, I do not have a manual. I removed a few screws but it doesn't budge, where is the secret? Thanks

by in Mesa, AZ on January 10, 2009
2 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on January 10, 2009
There is a 30 amp fuse in the engine compartment fuse box that supplies power to both the front electric windows but if one window works the fuse should be OK. With the engine running and your finger on the RF window switch "up" position try slamming the door closed (perhaps this may unjar the motor). To remove the door panel gently pry off the trim panel behind the side mirror, remove the screw that secures the inner door release handle, the door panel is secured to the door by 10 or 12 plastic retaining clips that are detached by prying between the inner door panel and door itself. To avoid breaking anything perhaps its best left to the experts. There is a service bulletin about erratic window operation there are improved window regulator parts available.
COMMENT by on January 11, 2009
Thanks for your info. SB are not like recalls right? So I have to foot the entire bill? Hmmm, I know that its difficult to get a door panel off then on without messing it up. I was hoping I could get this done myself since Ive been out of work for three months now. That trim panel behind the side mirror, that is the black piece on the inside of the door, yes? I presume it is held on with those same clips. My left front window doesn't always go all the up, leaves about 1/4 inch to go. And the right isn't really catching. Like its off track. Does that sounds like its going to be that regulator you were talking about? Thank you very much.
COMMENT by on January 11, 2009
My heart goes out to anyone out of work in the present economic environment. You are right about Service Bulletins they are customer pay but are an indication of common problem areas. The issue with your drivers window sounds like it is addressed by the service bulletin (ie improved window regulator parts). Try to get someone to operate the switch while you assist the window's closing with your hands on the window glass pulling the window closed (it will take stress of the window components). As a car manufacturer Hyundai are very repair information friendly to its customers and independent repair shops. Check out the website, www.hmaservice.com , Hyundai have a lot of workshop manual information and service bulletin information on line free. They may show illustrations on line that may explain better explain how to remove the interior door panel. I hope this helps. Please tell your friends about Repairpal. I am answering questions for Repairpal because I genuinely like the opportunity to help people that have what may be very simple automotive questions.
ANSWER by on December 29, 2010
there are plastic fasteners around the panel 5 inches apart,try a putty knife or something flat to pry up the between the door and panel,some might break but their cheap, after thats done lift up on panel,straight up and wiggle,should come on off,make sure you have all scews off, some are hidden pretty good ,like under a light,or in the door handle were it opens by hand
COMMENT by on December 30, 2010
This car has certainly given me a lot of window practice. I bit the bullet and had the repair shop do that right window after unsuccessful attempts myself. Then the drivers side stopped working and now, the roof gets stuck about 3/4 of the way back almost like there is dirt built up and its slows down and I don't force it for fear it wont close again. Also my left rear window just one day fell. Yup, just started to open and fell to the bottom. I now keep it up with black duct tape. Thanks God they make black tape so it doesn't look entirely too ghetto. It is seriously ridiculous though all these window problems within less than a year. I do have a new job now but it is not a career just a job to keep me from going homeless so duct tape it is, for now. Thanks for all you help.
COMMENT by on December 30, 2010
That reply was from me, I just had not signed in yet, Sorry, Heligirl
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