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I had same issues like the others with moving the driver’s window down. I just finished playing with this switch. I removed the whole assembly from the driver’s door, disassembled as far as I could, blow few times with compressed air in to this tiny grove, then sprayed with contact spray, moved few times switch’s lever back and forth, put all together and seems like everything works like it should.

Any of you know, what is for this connector taped to harness right under the switches assembly? (last picture)
 

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Driver side main switch fixed Tribeca 2006

The drivers window up down on my 06 Subaru Tribeca had been tepermental for some time. Today as I was about to enter the car wash at -9C I put the window down just as it was my turn to enter to test and could not put it back up. Fortunately I got the cars behind to back up and I got out. Back home I removed the main switch - removing the electrical connector is a learning experience - by sliding a screw driver into the tapered slot at the bottom of the electrical connector (it stayed in place} pinched the two upper taps and it just popped out. Remove the tape and you see three screws to remove the buttons, then I pried open the 4 clips on the cover box and held them open with a tooth picks and slowly pulled the assembly out. You can see the slider for the drivers window is quite different that the other three windows. I sprayed some Deoxit (amazon) cleaner into the slot that and worked the slider back and forth a number of times and repeated the cleaning twice more. Let it dry. Also cleaned on the electrical connector contacts with Deoxit on a cotton swab even though they looked clean. When reassembling make sure you are line up the drivers buttons notch with the slider for the driver window you just cleaned (hold them side by side to line up. The others are a spring loaded forward/reverse switches that return to a resting position so no worries re position.

It is working perfectly now!! Hopefully no more intermittent issues.

Hope this helps.
 

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Drivers Side Driver Window Switch Fixed!

Thanks GreggMI and everyone else for the suggestions and instructions. I was having the same issue with my '08 - Driver side, driver window switch was getting less and less reliable until it finally stopped working - in the up position thankfully. I pulled out the assembly and blew out the white housing with some air and sprayed some contact cleaner inside where the potentiometer switch was. I put it all back together and it feels/works like when I got it 4 years ago.

This is how I got the switches off the control unit:



Slide another credit/business card on the other side so 3 of the 4 tabs aren't locked, then I used a screwdriver for the last corner and was able to separate.

Spray some air in the cracks...


The top-left hole is where the driver side control is. You can see it's different from the other 3 (it moves back and forth, not just a simple toggle). Spray a little contact cleaner in there, move it around, spray one more time and move it around again....



Put everything back together and hopefully you are good to go...



Hope the pics help the next person. Thanks again to the SB9T comm for saving me $100 on a new switch.
 

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Window control removal

I have been following this thread and have a most basic question that it is embarrassing to even ask. I am not sure how to remove the control. Is the large chrome surround pried off and does the small ring get removed first?
 

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I have been following this thread and have a most basic question that it is embarrassing to even ask. I am not sure how to remove the control. Is the large chrome surround pried off and does the small ring get removed first?
Remove rubber lining from the handle pocket, it hides a screw.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info in this thread. I have the same jittery driver's window behavior as many on an 06 Limited that I just bought, so ordered part number 83071XA00A from quirkparts. When it arrives I plan to replace the part with the new one, then take the old one apart and try to clean it for a spare.

BTW - I had several Subies years back, but grew weary of the lack of power and head gasket issues with the NA 4 cylinder. I don't drive a lot, preferring to ride my two wheeled vehicles when I can, so decided to replace a more expensive vehicle which was not being used with something older. This was my previous MO, but got off track.

I knew nothing of Tribecas, barely knowing they existed, until I test drove mine a week ago today. It isn't perfect, but it's pretty good and I like it. I love the size and form factor of this car. And my bike fits in the back (rear seats down of course) with room to spare. It's a really cool vehicle.
 
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