The toggle for the electric window in my 2003 Toyota Matrix seemed stuck, as if it had moved out of position. With gentle movement, it yielded and is back in position. It succeeded in pulling the window down/up/down, then died. It toggles in a rather odd way, but no longer opens nor closes the window. As luck would have it, it's the driver side window (the three other windows have two switches each).

I need to park outside. How can I override the switch to close the window until I head to a garage, without risking it gets flooded, or worse? The two connectors must wind their way somewhere. Is that a standard place that I can reach to make an alternative closing for the circuit? The motor is just fine, and with ignition turned midway, the ceiling light dims when I close any of the three windows while they're already closed (indicating that extra power flows to the window motors). But the switch in question does not dim the ceiling light, indicating that it is merely an electric circuit closure issue.

  • Where is the switch? Is it in the door, or in the centre console, or somewhere else? You might be able to disconnect it and short the appropriate pins together with a piece of wire or a bent paperclip... – Nick C Nov 15 '17 at 9:05
  • It's in the door. If I pull the door assembly, I might as well replace the console of four switches for the four door, or if I'm lucky glue somehow the one switch. My question is whether the cable in question reaches a central location from where this sort of tinkering would be possible reasonably quickly. – Calaf Nov 15 '17 at 14:37
  • It's unlikely - It will probably go directly from the switch to the motor without leaving the door. I'm assuming it's the driver's window, as the other switches are usually all duplicated on the driver's door for door-mounted switches – Nick C Nov 15 '17 at 14:42
  • You might be able to unscrew the panel that holds the switches without having to remove the whole door trim - you could then plug in one of the other switches to close that window until you can get hold of a new switch? – Nick C Nov 15 '17 at 14:44
  • @NickC i’m pretty sure you can pop the master switch out with a small screwdriver. though since it’s the master switch that’s seemingly inop you couldn’t swap switches around and would have to jump power to the appropriate wires to close the window. – Ben Nov 15 '17 at 17:49

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