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How To Replace Car Door Window

Replacing a broken car window yourself can sometimes save money. Professional glass repair is always an option. But if you are a handy person and are willing to do some work and to save money, please refer to the following DIY(do-it-yourself) procedure tips.


Cleaning Up

Automobile window glasses are made to resist breakage, but when stressed past its breaking point, they are designed to break uniformly and catastrophically. It results in small pieces of glasses when broken. After manually picking up larger pieces, take a shop vac and remove all the tiny pieces from the seats, doors, and so on - probably all the interiors. Please be sure to wear good work gloves to prevent possible cuts.


Most auto dealers will refer you to a glass shop in your locality for replacement new parts. OEM parts and aftermarket(or generic) parts are different in costs. Therefore, please do your research and assess the pros and cons of using OEM parts versus aftermarket parts. If you can locate used glass windows from nearby junkyards, you could save some money. But you will have to know how to take out window or door glass from a junked car and keep in mind that those used parts do not come with any warranty.

Disassembly of Door

If you are not sure, write down the sequences of parts the way they were taken apart, so when you try to put them back together, you know what should be placed first.


Look for screws so that the inner door panel will come off. Once the door panel is off, carefully loosen the mounting hardware holding on to broken glasses. Sometimes, screws are hidden behind trim. Watch out for cables for power roll-up windows or any electrical cords. If you have power windows, you'll need to unhook the quick-disconnect plug that delivers power to the window switches mounted to the inner door panel.



Replacing Window Glass

With the inner door panel removed, peel back the plastic vapor-barrier sheet carefully, as you will need to reinstall it later. You should be able to see the door's inside mechanisms. Raise or lower the window-height-regulator mechanism to its service position—a height where the bolts or screws holding the glass align with access holes in the steel door. For power windows, while keeping the switches connected to loose inner door panel, turn the ignition to the on position and raise or lower the window until the bolts align with the access holes. If you see broken glass inside the door cavity, please vaccum.

Next, remove the seal at the bottom of the window to open up the slot for the window glass panel to go through. Then, free up one of the window tracks for fore-and-after play. These tracks guide the panel's path and are bolted along the bottom of the door.

Putting the new glass into place can be tricky. Drop the shorter side in first at a near-90-degree angle and try to catch the long side of the glass in its track, then rotate the short side up. The glass will slip into place. Maneuver and attach the glass panel to the regulator and bolt the window track down. Roll the new glass up and down to make sure that the window glassmoves up and down all the way satisfactory.

Once new glass is put into place, then everything must be put back together in the reverse order.


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