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Does a 2002 Toyota RAV4 have a relay for window motor? This car is one of the cheap-material-made junk one ever buys, it took Toyota years to finally recall transmission problem on sears of 2001-2003 more people are complaining about the driver side window and power lock as well but Toyota doesn't seem to be paying attention!. My driver side lock and window are dis-functional every other doors and windows are fine, I can not lock or unlock this door using my power switch, the window closes and opens whenever it wants some times it stops halfway being electronic technician my self, I thought this power door has a "RELAY" located somewhere, unfortunately not on the owners manual or in any fuse box, what I feel really bad about is that I own two of these vehicles one of them is 2002 and the other one is 2003, they both look like, I didn't see any difference in parts or body-style, just wondering if someone have replaced a relay on this 2002 rav4 and tell me where it is located at?

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Hi, there is only one relay for all of the windows, so that is not the problem. The likely problem is the switch. I recommend you test the switch using an ohmmeter.
In the case of the door lock, that problem may be a failed lock motor. I recommend you apply power directly to the lock motor to see if it works. If it does, check the switch. If not, replace the motor.

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Jeff, Thank you so much, as for the door lock motor it was mechanical problem inside the motor mechanical part, it was fixed easy even after I bought new motor. my window is still doing the same thing, switches are working, I exchanged the whole switch with my 03 RAV4 and it worked what I didn't try is exchanging the power window motor which is a half day project but from what I see, some kind of regulator is not functioning right I am not sure if it is the actual mechanical window regulator or Electric volt regulator which could be "Relay" since you mentioned that there is only one relay for all the windows I don't think that's a case so I will try to remove the mechanical regulator and the motor and try. Will get back with result.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 10, 2011

    before replacing the motor or regulator, I would pull the connector off the switch and try applying 12 volts directly to the window motor wires thru the connector. The green and yellow wires (pins 1 and 2) on connector A go to the motor.

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    Matrix Nov 10, 2011

    Thank you again Jeff yes I will do that tomorrow and try, if it still does the same do you think it's the motor its self need to be replaced?

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 10, 2011

    If the motor does nothing at all, the motor is bad. If the motor turns or at least hums, the problem may be that the regulator is jammed. Try reversing the polarity of the power to the wires to see if it will unjam. You may also try to help the window move while applying power, but be careful not to get your fingers in the gears or links of the regulator. Often, when the motor fails, it may still hum or turn a bit but is no longer strong enough to move the window appropriately. What you need to figure out is if the motor is weak or the window is hard to move. These are different problems that have the same symptom. If you do remove the motor or otherwise reach inside the door, take care not to cut your wrists on the sheet metal openings. If you find the motor to be strong, check to make sure the window is still attached properly to the regulator, is straight in the tracks, and the motor gear is engaging the regulator gear and not just spinning freely. It's possible but unusual for the regulator gear to loose a tooth. By the way, the motor itself is usually riveted in. To remove it, you have to drill out the rivets and replace them with short bolts.

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