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Honda Civic Windows Not Working/Keeps Going Down

I’ll never forget the summer day when my Honda Civic’s windows refused to roll down. Stuck in sweltering heat, I wondered, “Why on earth aren’t my windows working?” It’s a situation many of us have faced, leaving us puzzled and seeking a quick fix. Have you ever experienced this with your Honda Civic

When your Honda Civic’s windows don’t work, often it’s due to a blown fuse. Overload or short circuits can cause this. Find the fuse box, usually under the dashboard, and inspect the power windows’ fuse. If it’s blown, simply replace it with a new one of the same rating to fix the issue.

Another possible reason for the windows not working could be a malfunctioning window regulator. The regulator is the mechanism that moves the window up and down. If it’s broken or worn out, the windows won’t operate correctly. The solution here is to replace the faulty window regulator. This typically involves removing the door panel to access the regulator and installing a new one.

Car windows power buttons

A third reason could be an issue with the window motor. The motor powers the movement of the windows, and if it fails, the windows will remain static. To fix this, the window motor needs to be replaced. This repair is more complex and involves removing the door panel to access and replace the motor. Ensuring a proper connection and alignment during replacement is crucial for the windows to function smoothly.

Customers have reported several complaints with the Honda Civic windows over the years. In this article, we’ll take you through some of these common problems and how to solve them. Keep reading if your Honda window has the following issues:

  • Window not working
  • The window keeps going down
  • The window won’t roll up but goes down
  • A window won’t go down
  • Your window won’t go all the way up
  • A window keeps coming off its tracks
  • Power window buttons not working

Honda Civic Power Windows Not Working

Side of car window

The Honda Civic power windows are known to fail. Usually, the driver’s side window is the first to go because it’s the most used window in any car. The power windows feature can stop working for a variety of reasons. However, the main culprit in this situation is usually an electrical fault.

Power windows are driven by a motor via a pulley system. If the motor isn’t receiving enough power, then the window won’t work. The master switches beneath the buttons control the power supply, meaning the wiring connecting the regulators may have come apart. This most logical solution is removing the door frame and checking the wiring. Once the wiring is fixed, the window should work again.

Sometimes the problem is with the motor itself. You can tell the motor is the issue if the functionality is intermittent. That means the windows don’t work sometimes, but other times seem to work just fine, often caused by an overheated motor. The best solution involves replacing the motor with a newer and more powerful one.

Honda Civic Windows Keeps Going Down

Kid boy peeking out of car window

Another strange occurrence many Honda Civic owners experience is the windows rolling down, which is usually not a problem unless the windows roll down by themselves. There are two common scenarios here: either the windows roll down all the way or only halfway. Both cases are problematic in the security sense, leaving your belongings accessible to burglars.

The Window Goes Down Gradually

In most cases, the windows don’t roll down all the way. Instead, many people wake the following day to find the windows rolled down about four inches overnight. The same thing can happen after leaving your car in the parking lot all day. This can cause serious damage to your vehicle, especially if rain and snow seep in. It can also make it easy for your car to be vandalized.

There are two possible explanations for this problem. The first one is that you were holding the key fob for too long after locking your car. Today’s most modern cars come with a keyless entry, and the unlock button on your key fob is supposed to unlock the car when you are close to it.

To avoid this problem, try pressing the switch but not all the way down. This way, the windows will automatically roll up on their own.

Window Goes Down Immediately

The second scenario is where the windows roll up all the way and then do down immediately. This can happen whether you are rolling the windows remotely or by pressing the power window button. The main culprit here is that there is probably something blocking the window tracks.

Going down immediately is usually a safety feature. Power windows are designed this way to stop if your hand or head are stuck through the window. However, the feature can also be problematic.

The first thing you should do is check if anything is trapped in the window channels because, sometimes, the rubber grommet gets caught between the window and the frame. You could also clean the windows to remove any dirt or debris, though lubricating the channels also helps.

Honda Civic Windows Won’t Roll Up But Goes Down

Open car window and rear view mirror

There are several explanations for why power windows fail to roll up; it could be a bad switch, loose wiring, debris, faulty fuse, or damaged regulator. Since the window can roll down without a problem, it eliminates most of these culprits, including the motor and fuses. Here is a breakdown of possible issues and their solutions:

Faulty Switch

In most cases, the problem lies with the switch. You can verify this by rolling up the window from the master switch on the driver’s control panel. If it works, then the buttons on the specific windows are damaged and need replacing. This means the door panel must also be removed, which is the kind of job that is better left to the professionals.


The power window is connected by three wires, running from the master to the local switches. The Honda Civic utilizes a polarity reversing ground at rest to roll the windows up and down.

If you press up, one side becomes ungrounded, and a current flows in one direction. Pressing down reverses the polarity. Damage to one wire can prevent the motor from turning in a specific direction, meaning the solution is to take out the panel and examine the entire connection.

Honda Civic Windows Won’t Go Down/Open

Open car window on drivers side with a hand holding a cup of coffee

A stuck window is arguably a better problem to have than one that won’t go up. However, it has its downsides. For one, you won’t be able to get some fresh air in the car. Additionally, the interior of the vehicle can get too hot on a sunny day. Below are the possible causes for a window that won’t go down and how to fix them:

Damaged Switch

Power window switches are more likely to get damaged than any other component. If the window only goes up but not down, take a look at the switch. You can try rolling the window down from the master switch on the driver’s side.

If it works, then an individual control for the window is the problem. The solution is to replace it. If nothing changes after replacing the switch, you’re dealing with a much bigger issue!

Blown Fuse

The fuse controls the power supplied to the Civic’s window motors, preventing the motors from catching fire. You can determine that a fuse is blown by visually examining it, as you’ll see a break in the circuit. Most fuses are located under the dash, and replacing the blown fuse will restore your windows’ functionality to normal.

Faulty Motor

Motors rarely get damaged but are not immune to problems. Without a functioning motor, the windows will get stuck in either the down or up positions. You can tell that your motor is the problem if you don’t hear any humming when you press the buttons. A new motor complete with a regulator should fix the issue.

Jammed Window

In some instances, the problem is not electrical. The window may just be stuck due to a mechanical problem, like if the tracks are bent or obstructed by something. The best solution is to remove the panel and inspect the tracks and channels.

Honda Civic Power Window Fuse Keeps Blowing

Car window open girl sitting with arm out

A fuse’s primary function is to control the voltage supply in the power window circuit. Usually, the problem is caused by a short circuit somewhere in the wiring. Shots happen when two bare wires come into contact, causing the current to travel along an unintended path. The fuse wire blows to prevent overload, which often results in sparks and fires.

To solve this problem, you need to locate the fuse box under the dashboard on the driver’s side of your Honda Civic. There are several fuses in the box, but the blown one is quite easy to find compared to the others. Usually, the fuses blow up every time the car is started, so to fix this issue, you must find where the shot is happening.

The most common area is around the door harness because the wire in that area often flexes when the door is opened or closed, and the friction caused may be enough to rip off the insulation. The damaged wires must be replaced with insulated cables to stop the fuse from blowing. Don’t forget to replace the blown fuse with a new one.

Honda Civic Window Keeps Coming Off Track

Finger pushing down a car window button

Window tracks are what holds the car windowpane in place and are usually rubber-lined to keep airtight. However, the loose rubber lining can leave room for the pane to come off its track and get stuck. As a result, the window will stop moving in one position. You’ll still hear the motor, but the window won’t budge.

Fixing an off-track window requires complete access to the tracks, but you may need to remove the door panel to reach them. Here’s how to do this:

Step 1: Carefully remove all wirings in advance before unscrewing the door.

Step 2: Check the glass’s position along the tracks and examine the tracks and the rubber lining for breaks and pinches.

Step 3: Put the glass back in its correct position after inspecting the tracks and binding. Don’t forget to handle the glass with care to avoid breakage.

Step 4: Squeeze the glass between your two palms when returning to the tracks, and then push it down into the channels as far as it is willing to go.

Step 5: Tighten any loose attachments you find, and test the mechanism several times before putting everything back together.

Step 6: Examine the movements and see if there are other potential problems before returning everything.

A better solution is to replace the window and the regulator.

Honda Civic Window Won’t Go All the Way Up/Close

Arm sticking out of a car window

When you close the window, it should roll all the way up. However, sometimes the glass rolls but leaves room at the top, sits halfway but seems level, or the room at the top is more on one side of the window. Here are possible causes and their corresponding fixes:

Faulty Regulator

Window regulators refer to the whole assembly that moves the window up and down. The cable and guides can become frayed or worn out over time, producing a weird sound when rolling the windows. The solution for a faulty regulator is to buy a new assembly to replace the old one. To do this, you must take off the door panel to access these components.


Windows can come off the track for a variety of reasons. It could be due to rust, wear, or a bend in the channels. Off-track often causes the glass pane to be misaligned. When rolling the window up, one side reaches the top earlier than the rest.

To correct this problem, lubricate the channels and realign the window pane. That means you must loosen the two bolts holding the regulator to adjust the glass by hand.

The Glass Is Jammed

The window channels have a u-shaped cross-section. When you press the button or turn the crank, the glass is pushed up the tracks. When the channels are bent, the glass pops out the wrong side of the medium. Consequently, the channels bind the glass as it goes up, and it might get so tight that the motor can no longer push it all the way up. The solution is to straighten, clean, and lubricate channels and tracks.

Honda Civic Window Button Not Working

Car window control buttons

All the new models of the Honda Civic come with window buttons. Each window has separate up and down buttons on the inside, and there is also a master switch for all the windows on the driver’s side panel. Unfortunately, faulty buttons take out all the convenience of a power window.

Before trying anything, you must ensure that it is just the button that is damaged and nothing else. Pressing on the button is not enough to confirm your suspicion. Take it a step further and pop out the unresponsive button to see if the connectors beneath the plastic are worn. Here is a breakdown of how to remove and replace the buttons:

Remove the Side Panel

The switch is not screwed in but is held in place with pins. You can pop the pins off by sliding a card or something similar thin the panel. Avoid using too much force as you may damage the entire board accidentally. Once the plastic top comes off, you will see two connectors. Remove them by depressing the pins.

Unscrew the Window Unit

After successfully removing the window unit from the door, you can take it inside. To access the buttons, loosen the screws on the bottom and pry them open. You can use a flat screwdriver or a plastic card to avoid damage while doing so.

Clean or Replace the Contacts

Once you access the contacts, examine them for rust and dirt, preventing the buttons from working. Use a brush or even steel wool to remove the stuck-on dirt and rust. Reassemble the unit and reinstall it back on your car. It should work well if the button were the issue, but don’t forget to turn off the window lock and test the controller before putting everything back in.

Honda Civic Window Motor Not Working

Side car windows open

Power windows are run by a reversible motor that rolls the windows up and down. Listening to the motor is one of the simplest ways to know if you are dealing with a bad motor because even when the mechanism is faulty, you can hear the motor groaning. However, this is not a conclusive diagnosis, and there are better ways of confirming your suspicion. Here is how you can solve the issue of the motor not working:

Remove the Door Panel

The motor and the rest of the regulator mechanism are hidden under the door panel. Removing the panel is not that hard if you have the right tools, but just be sure to remove all the wiring out of the way first.


Once the panel is out of the way, you can isolate the motor and its wiring. Turn the key on so that the power is running but don’t start the car. First, confirm that power is going into the switch.

If the switch is working, then the motor is the issue. If not, the switch, the fuse, or the regulator might be the problem.

Remove and Replace

Although you can replace the motor only, it’s best to replace the entire assembly. After all, it’s convenient since the assembly is sold complete with a motor. Replacing only the motor also works well. On the flip side, you might need to replace the other components down the road.

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