Recently I noticed an air-whooshing noise coming from the driver’s side front window on my Suzuki Swift. It only seemed to happen at about 70 km/h or faster, so I had a look and sure enough, there was a gap that wasn’t there before!
This worried me because window repairs can be expensive and I assumed the worst. I expected one of the mechanical parts inside the door had broken or warped.
So, I put the car in the garage, cued the A-Team music, and took the door cover off. I created instructions below how you can remove the door cover too if you ever need to.
Start by unscrewing the screw in the handle of the door latch, and the screw inside the plastic pocket you pull the door closed with.
Next, remove the two plastic clips on each end of the door cover. The one closer to the lock needs to be pushed in with a screwdriver, then the whole thing will pop out. The one closer to the door hinge however needs a little more attention.
Don’t put too much pressure on the above “screw” because it’ll just stay in the door. It’s pretty brittle, so don’t be too rough with it.
Next, remove the door “tweeter” speaker by pulling it towards you and then slightly upwards to move it away from the door. It doesn’t need to be completely disconnected and it’s only held in by clips so you don’t need any special tools.
With the two screws removed, the two plastic plugs removed, and the tweeter unclipped from the door frame, go around the edge of the door cover pulling it towards you. It will “click” as each of the plastic plugs holding it in come out. Don’t worry, they’re not broken; they’re designed to be reusable and will be clipped back in place.
Now that the panel is loose, lift it up and over the lip on the windowsill as shown above.
There will be two cables stopping the door skin from coming off, so unplug them. It can be a little tricky to do it with one hand, but you’ll get there.
Next, remove the plastic film covering the door. It’s not very strong so take your time. It is resealable and you’ll need to be able to put this back eventually. It will also want to stick to itself a lot so you’ll need patience!
Now that the door cover was off, I was able to get a closer look at the inner workings of the electric window. Interestingly however, while I was taking the door cover off, two screws fell out…
The fact that screws fell out when I removed the door cover made me question if my window gap was actually caused by something quite straightforward.
I removed the window/lock controls from the door panel (it’s only held in by a few screws) and connected it up to the electric window wires so I could watch what happens when I raise and lower the window. This is when I noticed something wasn’t right.
I put the camera inside the door and took the above photo. I immediately noticed that there are two screw holes in the door, and two screw holes in the cog mechanism that isn’t connected to the door. Surely this thing should be affixed to the door?
I pushed the cog towards the door and installed the two screws which fell out back into those two holes. I tightened them both up and tested the window.
You wouldn’t believe it: that was the problem!
I guess (like my radiator) it was another case of bumpy and broken Slovak roads making my poor car fall apart! Let’s hope that my misfortune helps you somehow if your Suzuki Swift has the same problem.
Drive safe, everyone.
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