How to Replace a Window Motor on an Audi

Written by carl pruit
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Occasionally, an Audi window motor can wear out or be damaged by an electrical short, requiring that it be replaced before the window will operate properly again. The Audi window motor is attached to the door frame with three bolts inside the interior panel and can be removed without too much trouble. You can save money by doing the work yourself, and the replacement should take about an hour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Open-end wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench set

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  1. 1

    Raise the window of the Audi with the power window switch before attempting to replace the window motor. If the window motor will not work, lift the window up by hand and keep it closed temporarily with masking tape.

  2. 2

    Open the bonnet and unfasten the negative battery cable from the battery post with an open-end wrench. Unfasten the screws underneath the door panel arm rest with a screwdriver and lift the power window switch off the armrest, just enough to locate the electrical switch connector on the back of the switch.

  3. 3

    Remove the screws that are securing the interior door panel to the door frame with a screwdriver and lift the door panel off the frame. Set the door panel off to the side and locate the power window motor in the centre of the door frame.

  4. 4

    Unfasten the three bolts that secure the window motor to the door frame with a socket wrench and remove the motor from the door frame. Attach the new window motor to the door frame with the bolts and set the door panel in place while threading the electrical wire connector of the new motor through the opening in the panel for the window switch.

  5. 5

    Attach the door panel to the door frame with screws and connect the electrical wire to the back of the power window switch. Set the window switch in the top of the door panel arm rest and attach the switch with screws in the bottom of the armrest.

  6. 6

    Fasten the negative battery cable of the Audi to the battery post.

Tips and warnings

  • To avoid electric shock, never attempt to replace the window motor while the negative battery cable is still attached to the battery.

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