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So now it has been almost 5 years since I have also been dealing with an intermittent operation of the passenger side door window and power lock switch. Since I don't sit on that side, it is not that big of a deal BUT every now and then, my passenger will put the window down, and it did not want to go back up. I knew I needed to replace the switch, but I did not want to go to the Dodge dealer and pay their ridiculous price. So when I found one at JC Whitney for less than $30 with free shipping, I ordered it. I spent the last couple of storms this past winter not being able to put the fogged up window down when plowing, which sucked! I was afraid it would not go back up. Time to solve the problem.




Door panel removed. You can see the switch dangling. I got ahead of myself and replaced it before taking the pic. When removing the door panel, after you remove the 2 screws holding in the "cup" (where you grab to close the door) you can reach in and unplug the harness from the switch by pressing on the tab. Then remove the door panel with the door panel removal tool of your choice. Mine had clearly been off A LOT as the panel tree clips were pretty mangled. You can see one stuck in the door in the bottom left of the pic (little white dot).




Here is the new power window / power lock switch installed. It took me literally less than 5 minutes to pull the door panel and replace the switch.




New switch versus old switch. I got the switch from JC Whitney. It was less than $30 with free shipping!

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Passenger Side Power Lock / Window Switch






Here it is installed. Looks good but more importantly it works perfectly. I have been putting up with intermittent operation of both the lock and window button on the old switch for 5 years because I did not want to have to go to the Dodge dealer for a new expensive switch. This one from JC Whitney made it easy, for less than $30.


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