Well, on my lunch break today I attempted the first window switch replacement and it was a success. Unfortunately the SMD LED's I keep are smaller than the ones used in the truck, so i need to order a roll of them from Mouser. Will probably wait until i get the headunit face off for a more accurate total count.
Drivers side passenger door is where i started.
- roll down window
- remove trim at rear of window (two slide "in" bits at bottom and one clip towards the rear up higher)
- remove cover behind handle (actually didn't do this, apparently my truck doesn't have one anymore... more on that at the end of this post)
- remove two screws behind handle
- pull handle assembly out starting with "front" first
- unhook cable (slide brown part out off ball, pull green holder out of it's keeper)
- remove door grip rubber matt, and one screw behind it.
-starting at top rear of door, slowly pop the plastic keepers in place not bending the door too much (and don't pull it out too much)
-reach behind and disconnect the courtesy lamp and switch harness
-lift the door up and away
-retrive any plastic clips left in door and return them to the door cover
- remove three screws from window switch (top, underneath, front)
- there are four clips holding a square cover over part of the circuit board inside and two clips holding the blue harness clip
-once those are off you can slowly pull out the circuit board by grabbing the harness and pulling straight up. *note* underneath is a very small slider with delicate bits of metal, be careful not to bend/break them
- use a multimeter to test diode mode and find which side of LED is + and - (mine was - towards the 1 and + towards the L of the silkscreen label LED1. It is found just below the big hole in the center of the circuit board)
- use your favorite soldering technique to remove old LED and replace with an appropriate replacement of your color choice. I have a hot air rework station and variable solder gear handy. The hot air usually works pretty well for this stuff but for some reason it was being stubborn so i had to revert to the classic iron.
- dont forget to use flux to clean up the area for a good connection
- ... and then put it back together in reverse order! easy enough.
now not knowing what was behind the door cover (except the courtesy light) i pulled pretty hard on the cover, which in turn "opened" the window switch for me with pieces falling all over the place. So... learn from that one and be easy! I got lucky that i did no permanent damage.
I guess in theory it's repeat from here. I'll put up a couple pix if i can, one of the switch all apart and one of the finished product (hard to see, but ya, it's blue and working!)
Off topic but to explain the earlier statement about bits missing... My truck came from being in an F5 tornado early in it's life, in Greensburg KS. It escaped relatively unharmed... with blown out glass everywhere and some minor body damage. I picked it up in 2007 after a Honda dealership "fixed" it and had a hard time selling it after explaining it went through tornado that wiped out an entire town. Keep in mind it wasn't totaled, that's how little the damage was really. But as I take apart and tweak things in the truck i notice small things that are always a miss. Like today, the cover missing behind the handle or that both plastic covers in the door grip were on the passenger side on top of each other.