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I have a '98 Honda Odyssey van, and I'm hoping you can help me solve a problem.

Over the past few months, on a few occasions, my left-front window stuttered on its say up. Then--all of a sudden--after putting the window down, it would not go back up. I kept pulling the switch, but to no avail.

I took it to a mechanic. He said it could either be the switch or the regulator.

He tested the switch, and said that was not the problem. He told me that my regulator was bent and my motor was dead. He ordered new parts from Honda and he installed them.

When I came to pick up the car, he told me that I must have had a problem with the switch before. I told him I did not have a problem with the switch. He showed me that now the window will go up and down, but in order to get the window to go up, you have to press the switch in a funny way (like there is a bad contact in the switch). He said he would call around to salvage yards to see if he can find a new master switch.

So here is my question: Is it really possible that my switch, motor, and regulator were all broken? Is it possible that he installed the regulator or motor poorly and that is causing the problem? Is it possible that all I needed was a new switch?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.
 

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Most likely the switch was the only part that was bad. Ask for the window motor and regulator back. Test the window motor with a 12 volt battery, if it works then it's his fault and at the least you shouldn't have to pay for labor. You should be able to visually tell if the regulator is bent.

My switch was bad in the same way. If you would only push it down a little bit then back up it would go up. But if you pushed it down all the way it wouldn't come back up until you pushed it just half way down again. I bought a used one on ebay and it works great.
 
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