Scion tC 2006 Window Won’t Roll Up (Problem Identified – Not Resolved)

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In a recent post I mentioned a problem with our Scion tC’s driver-side window not working properly, though I didn’t go into many details. Several months ago her window stopped working and she wasn’t able to roll it back up. It would go about halfway and then stop. I pulled the door panel off and started poking around. It was a learning experience – I’m not a mechanic and though I will do some work on our cars I’d prefer to have a repair manual. As far as I can tell there aren’t any Hanes or similar manuals for the Scion line (at least none that we can afford).

The day the window failed I was able to guide the window back into place once I realized the front part of the window was sliding in between the rubber guide and the door. I then disabled the window control.

Since then I’ve explored the problem and I eventually discovered the cause. The window track was bent out of shape and crushed by a metal piece of the door (at the front, where it connects to the body). Based on other people’s forum posts, and what I could see of the damage, the door was opened so far that a part inside the door was bent out of position and into the track.

I made an attempt to fix it but I ran into a stumbling block that I haven’t tried to resolve, yet. My final plan was to remove the speaker in the door so I could access the window track and door piece and bend them back into position. Well, it turns out that instead of screws the speakers are attached with rivets. Removing the speaker requires that I purchase a rivet gun and the correct rivets or find screws that will work (or build a new mount for the speakers). I’m not certain what we’re going to do but at least we know what the problem is.

We figured out that the problem was caused when a strong gust of wind caught the door and pulled it open too far.

Updated 10/04/2011: We took the car to a body shop in our town but the result wasn’t encouraging. The shop told us that we’d have to buy a used door (estimated at about $150-$250), which they would remove the replacement part from. Labor was estimated at $150. The door estimate is better than I’ve seen in many forum posts, but it still seems unnecessary. In the end, I think it’s probably only the window track that needs to be replaced and that there’s got to be some place we can get one for less.

In several different forum posts individuals reported getting a body shop to simply bend the part back into place. I had the sense that the body shop hadn’t considered this. It’s possible the part is bent to a point at which it wouldn’t be useful, but this was never mentioned.

But then, I’m not an expert on automotive repairs.

We’re not sure if we’re taking her car back there to get it fixed. Aside from a few other things about the experience that didn’t leave us with a good feeling, I was uncertain why the owner wasn’t able to figure out how I had disabled the window, especially after I tried to tell him more than once exactly what I did (he also didn’t understand why I didn’t just unplug the cable but the reason is simple – I wanted the door lock and the passenger-side window controls to still function).

At the least, we’ll probably check another local shop for a second estimate.

Updated 06/25/2012: Just in case you were wondering we still haven’t found a good fix for this problem…

Disabling a Scion tC 2006 Front Window Switch

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My wife’s driver side window recently stopped working properly. Since it happened we determined that the window track was bent when a gust of wind caught the door and forced it open too far. Not long after this she rolled down her window and then discovered that it wouldn’t roll back up.

I was able to get the window back up but I needed to find a way to prevent it from being rolled down accidentally, until we could fix the problem. One solution would be to just unplug the controls, but that would have disconnected the lock and passenger side window controls as well.

I found a relatively simple way to do this. Essentially, I popped the controls out of the door and disabled the driver’s side window by placing electrical tape over the contacts.

Here’s a side-view of the controls removed from the door. I used a small flat-tip screwdriver to push up on the black plastic to get the white tabs out.

The last photo shows where I covered the contacts with electrical tape. This prevented the buttons from working.

Replacing a Hatch Garnish on a Scion tC 2006

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The Short Version: We bought a replacement from longotoyota (via eBay) for just over $100.

If you found this post via a search engine then you probably already know what a hatch garnish is. For those with a busted Scion tC trunk handle – welcome to the club. Based on various forum posts, and the number of Scion tCs we’ve seen with missing garnishes, this appears to be a very common problem.

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Changing Brake Pads on a 2006 Scion tC

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The brakes on one of our cars started squealing a few weeks so we bought some new brake pads. I’ve replaced brake pads on my previous cars so this was a task I was familiar with, though I hadn’t worked on this car yet. I held onto the new pads for a little while until I finally had the time (and energy) to replace them this weekend.

If you’ve ever changed brake pads on a passenger car then the process is probably familiar.

Disclaimer: I’m not a mechanic. I work on my own cars when I can to save money. If you damage your own vehicle using my information then, well, you’re on your own.

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