Does your 8th generation (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) Honda Civic's windows squeak when they roll up and down? It's a common problem, especially if you've recently had your windows tinted.
This is because some window tinters "tuck" the window gasket down to make it easier to tint. There's two gaskets, one you can see, and another below that you can't see. Sometimes that second gasket gets stuck down. This causes the squeaking. The professionals at NORIX Window Tinting and Darkdan's Window Tinting are aware of this common problem on Civics and therefore we don't tuck the seals. However, some other companies do and to be fair sometimes these seals get flipped down without anyone touching them. Here is our DIY job to fixing the problem and removing the door panels on a Honda Civic (if you have had your windows tinted and they now squeak we recommend taking it back to the shop and having them fix it). These instructions are for the sedan, but the coupe is the same except for 2 additional screws below the door closing handle that you can easily see.
Tools you'll need: A hook pulling tool, flathead screwdriver, phillips screwdriver, and optionally a door panel removal tool.
Step 1: Remove the cover behind the door opener with the hook tool. You'll see a little tab on the back.
Step 2: Remove phillipshead screw and the plastic rivet. Push the middle of the rivet in about a centimeter and then remove with the hook pulling tool.
Step 3: Remove window switch panel. From the backside (where you put your hand to close the door) insert a flat screwdriver wrapped in a towel to prevent scratching (or a straight plastic pry tool). It's best to push inward hard to compress the white tab before prying up. Then remove the screw for the door panel.
Step 4: Pry door panel off. I recommend starting on the bottom corner closest to the hinges. Once you pop one tab the rest will come off easily. Then gently lift upwards after all tabs have been released.
The above picture shows how the bottom seal has been folded down. Simply warm it up with a heat gun or hairdryer and mold back into shape. Then replace the door panel. Problem solved.
Honda Civic Si with HP Fusion 50% Window Film.
Honda Civic Si Sedan with Global HP Fusion 50% for maximum heat rejection. Click picture for larger image.