DIY Installation: Car Window Regulator
Car window regulators are simple and unadorned pieces of equipment in your car that is responsible for lowering or raising the windows. However, these parts are not to be taken lightly. For one, some models separate their lower and higher trims just by changing the car window regulators from manual to power. Nevertheless, you'd be hard-pressed to find out that the windows in your car are not working. If ever this happened to you, don't burden yourself by adding manual labor costs. This unnecessary blunder could be amended with do-it-yourself replacement of the car window regulators. Just follow these steps.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Removing the door panels
Door panels vary from car to car. However, they all follow almost the same suit. Simply locate then loosen all the screws that attach the door panel to the door frame. After this, pry the central lock and window switch panel (for all-powered vehicles). Carefully remove the door panel because it might be fastened with clips. Detach all wiring from the window mechanism, car locks, up to the speakers.
Peeling the moisture barrier off
A white plastic or foam covering shelters the window and lock components inside. This should be peeled off gradually and delicately. Damaging this will cause moisture to build up inside the frame. Thus, rust would eat away all the metal parts there. Once the barrier is removed, set it on a dry and safe place.
Removing the window glass
Here comes the tricky part. Removing the window glass requires patience, a tight grip, and an extra pair of hands. Asking for help is a great idea. However, this could also be done by yourself just in case there's nobody around to help. Make sure you are holding the glass from the bottom. Push it up and out of the door. This will take a few attempts before successfully taking the window out so don't rush it.
Removing the window regulator
The window regulator is a part with gears and metal rods connected to a motor. Just unscrew this and put the new regulators on the same way it the old one was taken off. Check if the motor needs replacement also.
Place everything back
Once the window regulators and the motor are set, just screw and clip everything back to their proper places. Fire up the engine and test the functionality of your car window.
- Putting all eggs in one basket might come off as a bad notion. It's the same thing with installing new car window regulators. Have separate buckets or containers for every screw or clip of each part. This will prevent confusion and improve efficiency.