Car Window Replacement – Doing it Yourself

Car Window Replacement – Doing it Yourself

As a car ages, there are several things that will inevitably go wrong with it. You can bet that sooner or later you will have a problem with one of the windows. Knowing the ins and outs of car window replacement can save you quite a bit on money, if you do your homework.

Most people would never consider replacing one themselves because of insurance. But even if you have insurance you could do it yourself and save filing a claim. Besides, with deductibles you will probably come out ahead, anyway. It isn’t that hard, as long as you have a few simple tools and lots of patience.

The first thing to consider is what type of window you have. If you have the type that rides in a frame then it is easier than other models. The first thing to do is remove the handle and armrest, if applicable. Next, you will remove the inside door panel from the door. This is done by inserting a flat screwdriver between the two parts and slowly prying. There are plastic fasteners that hold the two together, and are spaced every half foot or so.

Next, look carefully at the glass in the door. Make sure there is no damage anywhere. Also, look at the installation of the unit and make notes of anything that looks complicated. If you need to, draw a diagram of it. Better to know how it all goes back together than to have to guess.

Along the back edge of the glass you will probably see a plastic plug that connects the arm to the glass. This holds the glass in place and allows it to ride in the correct position as the window raises and lowers. Pop out this plug, remove the glass and clean the track and glide arm thoroughly. Connect your new glass the same way and then test your window. Make sure everything is in working order before you proceed.

You can now replace the door cover, and the armrest and handle. As you can see, doing a car window replacement is fairly easy, as long as you handle the glass with care, and double check all of your steps as you go.