power tail gate window

Asked by Jul 17, 2009 at 09:55 PM about the 1990 Toyota 4Runner 4 Dr SR5 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

rear window quit working,now just clicks when you try whats the problem?the relay or motor its self?any way to over ride to get it down to work on it?must be a fairly common problem with these rigs?i see alot of parts for them on ebay.need to get it working and havnt had much luck yet.thnx james

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have had the same problem in a few of my 4runners. if you pull the switch out of the center console you will see on the bottom of the switch there are a few wires. try shorting the wires together with a small screw driver and see if it wants to move. if that doesnt work the motor is probably fried and you will want to crawl in the back pull the tailgate cover off unbolt the motor and the window will fall down without the motor installed.


make sure there's not a bug, yea that was out there. but that was the problem with mine.


in alot of the first gen 4runners the motors goes bad... it happened to mine when the PO had it and he got it fixed before i got it


Before you buy a motor, check the relay. There's a relay in the back, this is a more common problem. Also, some people's problem is that the rear wiper isn't fully closed.

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