Car Window Repair – Do it Yourself and Save
We all like to take on do-it-yourself tasks because it saves us money and it builds our self esteem to know that we took care of it ourselves. But sometimes you have to make sure that you can handle a job before you start. A car window repair is something you can do and add it to your list of know-hows.
Before you start make sure the car is in a flat, open area that will clean up easily. There will probably be broken glass that shatters on the floor when you remove the inside of the door. Concrete is the easiest to clean up since you just sweep it. If you have to work over a dirt area, or something similar save yourself a lot of aggravation and put down a tarp first to catch everything.
You first want to remove the door handle and armrest. Next, comes the inside panel. It will be held on with screws all the way around. With the panel off you should see a moisture barrier. You need to be extra careful removing this. It may be held with clips, screws or even tape or glue. Regardless, take your time. If you rip this you just created another problem and cost yourself a lot of money.
With the barrier off you will be looking at the door. You will need thick work gloves to remove the rest of the glass. Be careful and don’t get aggressive. Once all of the glass is out vacuum the inside of the door out. There will probably be shards of glass that fell down there.
Now it’s time to position the new glass. Carefully, set the glass into the track. There should be something the connects the glass to the track arm, like a pin or a plug. Once it is attached, move the window up and down to make sure it works properly. Better to find potential problems now than when you have it back together. If it works, put the parts back on in reverse that you took them off: barrier, panel, armrest and door handle. After each piece test the window again. After you clean up any dropped pieces of glass and your car window repair is complete, you can carefully dispose of the broken glass.