|Rover 800 820 825 827 Drivers Door Window Switch Pack.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback
Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black
A common fault on the Rover 800, is that the electric windows start to play up, either by beeping, or working intermitantly or worse!
If the windows are beeping when you press the buttons, then they may just want reseting, this is easy to do, see the following page; Rover 800 beeping electric window fix!
If the windows work intermitantly, or they go up and not down, or down and not up, (and/or your electric mirror controls are dicky too), then the most likely cause is the drivers door window switch pack.
If this is the case then the drivers door window switch pack will need resoldering as the problems being experienced are usually just down to bad electrical connections caused by dry joints on the circuit board.
We have had to fix the drivers door window switch pack on many Rover 800's (including ALL of those owned by ourselves). In this car we have always carried a spare switch pack in the car boot, just so that we could get all the windows back up again rather than being caught out in an emergency. (Sod's law will always have the windows open & not close in the worse weather and at he worst possible times!). (We learnt that when we had a Rover 400 and the glass could drop down at any time! Thankfully on the Rover 800's that does not happen)
Of course there may be other causes of faulty window operations too, including but not limited to, the electric window control box (located under the passenger seat), the cars main fuse box (although we have never had to resolder a Fuse box at this stage, it seems this is a common problem/fix on some earlier cars!?), fuses, relays, wiring, window motors, snapped or damaged cables (on the coupes), imperfections in the moulded rubber door seals (that one took a while to find!), & let's not forget, the all important lubrication, the windows like to be serviced too you know!
Even resetting the windows using the beeping electric window fix mentioned above, can then cause the windows to act differently as the seasons change, and they may need resetting again to cure this. (which will involve disconnecting the cars battery beforehand).
But when the windows are working, they are great, and that lazy locking feature is there to enjoy as an added bonus too.
anyway.. back to resoldering those dry joints...
The Driver's Door Window Switch pack can be levered apart after first removing the small clips from around the edges.
The tops of each of the 4 switches are removable too with care.
Removing the tops off all 4 door window switches gives you a chance to clean beneath them to help improve their performance a little, just watch out that you do not lose those small springs! and be careful not to break the clips on either side as you release each switch.
The bottom part of each switch has been pressed onto the circuit board and is best left that way, although on some occasions where a resolder does not get all the windows working again properly, you may have to cut them off and glue them back on again after a complete resolder.
Here I am using the window switch pack case to hold the circuit board, but you may need something that can clamp the circuit board a bit more firmly in place before you start to work on one!
Although you can just add solder onto the original solder joints, it is best if you desolder a circuit board first for better end results.
Here I have resoldered the underneath of the circuit board.
The top of the circuit board if far more difficult to desolder and resolder, just do the best you can without melting too many plastic parts! and without making too much mess!
When it's all finished, put it all back together and when you refit the window switch pack in the driver's door, nobody will be any the wiser, except you will be grinning from ear to ear if it's all working :)
of course you might not even want to consider having a go at soldering or even attempting it on something like the switchpack from your car even if you can solder! So if in doubt take it to someone that repairs electronics, or even better get hold of a spare window switch pack, but chances are you will still need to practice on it!